Sunday, January 29, 2017


News Links, January 30, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
What's Behind the Collapse in Global Exports in the US, Japan, EU, Emerging Markets?

Many airports in Japan fail to meet safety norms for runway overruns
Runways at three quarters of the airports in Japan, including the country's busiest gateways Narita and Haneda, do not meet safety standards to prevent severe accidents when planes overrun, according to the transport ministry.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Poland, Lithuania Both Rule Out Hosting CIA Black Sites
Trump Lets Saudis Off His 'Muslim Ban'
By leaving Saudi Arabia and other key terrorism sponsors off his "Muslim ban," President Trump shows the same cowardice and dishonesty that infected the Bush and Obama administrations.

## Energy/resources ##
Chevron's First Loss in Decades Signals Hard Time for Giants
Chevron Corp. posted its first annual loss since at least 1980, signaling the difficulties faced by the world's biggest oil companies as they struggle to emerge from the worst collapse in a generation.
Big Oil May Not Need To Borrow To Pay Dividends For The First Time In 5 Years
If you got excited by the uncritical media hoopla over "metallic hydrogen," read this and sober up. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
More Than 100 Fast-Spreading Wildfires Rage in Chile
Flames from more than 100 raging wildfires in Chile continued spreading from the mountains to the Pacific coast, destroying forests, livestock and entire towns in a destructive path that is now dangerously close to the city of Concepcion.
Brutal western US winter has been terrible for animals

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## Links to Magazine Story About Gaslighting
Propaganda and lies have been used by all administrations. One gets the impression that most of the people criticizing Trump have just opened their eyes. -- RF
Calling a Lie a Lie in the Age of Trump

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Are We Getting Dumber?
Reducing consumption and local exchange better than "sustainable consumption"
While it is clear that global trade plays a major role as a driver of destruction of biodiversity there is no way "consumers" in the US or other developed economies can be expected to take responsibility for the effect on biodiversity of their consumption.
When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry
The social stigma to prepping is fast disappearing

## UK ##

## US ##
California Threatens To Cut Off Funds To Washington
With secession threats looming, the state of California is reportedly studying ways to suspend financial transfers to Washington after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities.
Most Americans are living by the seat of their financial pants.  Half of the country is living paycheck to paycheck hoping their money clears into their account fast enough to pay the mortgage or rent and electricity.  You also see so many people going into incredible levels of debt just to maintain the illusion that they are somehow middle class.
Dow Companies Report Worst Revenues since 2010, Dow Rises to 20,000 (LOL?)
Wall Street hocus-pocus has done an awesome job.
Researchers have put the cost of the wall at $15 to $25 billion. That price tag would come to a nation with a staggering national debt of $19.9 trillion and a D+ rating on its critical infrastructure that plays an essential role in the country's economic growth and ability to pay its debt.

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