Friday, January 06, 2017


News Links, January 7, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
India Sees Economy Slowing Even Without Modi Shock Cash Ban
'Perfect storm' could lead to historic bursting of bond bubble, warns Harvard academic
Why The U.S. Dollar And Bitcoin Keep Rising

## Airline death spiral ##
Flight Diverted Over 'Middle-Seat Rage' After Angry Passenger's Alleged Rant
Airline Passenger Details Are Now Easy Prey for Hackers
Arik Air laments attacks on staff by passengers
Terrorism: Aviation Security Staff Now To Carry Arms (Nigeria)
TSA 'Cannot Be Trusted' To Manage Security Info, Says Top Federal Investigator
Mozambique Passenger Jet Strikes 'External Body,' Is Damaged
Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Five Killed at Airport Shooting, Gunman ID'd as Esteban Santiago
Sprawling airports difficult to defend from armed attack

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Amnesty International Says Iraqi Militias Committing War Crimes In The Name Of Fighting Terrorist Group
Hundreds Of US Tanks Arrive In Europe To Support NATO Anti-Russian Buildup
US Officials 'Baffled' as Turkey Accepts Russian Help in al-Bab, Declines US Support
Turkey Warns US Military Support Against ISIS 'Insufficient'
How climate change in Central Asia is threatening to spark regional conflict
Israeli Satellite Imagery Shows Russian Nuclear-Capable Missiles in Syria
What Is Happening In Syria? Russian Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Naval Group First To Leave In Drawdown
South Korea To Develop Laser Weapon System To Shoot Down UAVs Sent By Pyongyang
"Friends, Long Live" Duterte Tells Russian Navy, Hopes Moscow Will Become Philippines' "Ally And Protector"
Here's How Many Bombs Obama Dropped In 2016
Japan Recalls Envoy to South Korea Over Comfort-Woman Statue
Islam In France: Deputy Mayor Sends Police To School To Protest Arabic-Language Classes
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Spends Nearly $6M On Vacation While Nation Starves

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Looting, Protests in Mexico Over Gas Price Hikes Turn Deadly
Protests and looting fueled by anger over gasoline price hikes in Mexico have led to four deaths, the ransacking of at least 300 stores and the arrests of more than 700 people, officials said.
Coming soon to a venue near you. -- RF

## Energy/resources ##
The Bad News Continues For Offshore Oil And Gas
The oil price bust, which resulted from the global crude oil glut, has created yet more oversupply, this time in the offshore industry, where a rig and vessel glut is forming.
The Oil Supply Glut Is Here To Stay In 2017
War Over Water? In Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China Battle Over Dry Land
Too many humans chasing after too few resources. -- RF
Aging New York nuclear plant to close by 2021
The firm that brought foreign money to the oilsands sees sun setting on Canadian crude

## Got food? ##
Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate — Are we being fed poison for profit?

## Environment/health ##
Biodiversity Loss: Global 'Threat Maps' Reveal Impact Of Human Consumption On Wildlife
So what is the main driver of this ongoing natural disaster? An unsustainable consumption of natural resources that is also leading to a rapid habitat loss for species that are no longer perceived to serve human needs.
Climate Change 2017: Massive Antarctic Iceberg To Break Away Soon From Ice Shelf Larsen C
Polar Bears Threatened By Toxic Pollutants, Not Just Climate Change And A Warming Arctic
Earth 'On the Edge' as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Emails were leaked, not hacked (William Binney, Ray McGovern)
Which strongly suggests that the ultimate source is American, not Russian. -- RF
US Air Force Creates Group to Recruit Cyber Nerds for Weapons Programs
Trump still questions intelligence on Russia hacking after briefing
New Intelligence Report Adds No Evidence Of "Russian Hacking" (Updated)
Here Is The US Intel Report Accusing Putin Of Helping Trump Win The Election By "Discrediting" Hillary Clinton
The farce is complete.
Underwhelming Intel Report Shows Need for Congressional Investigation of DNC Hack
US Intel Chief Cites Phantom Evidence on 'Russian Hacking'
Narrative Continues to Rest on Unsubstantiated Allegations
John Harwood Asks "Who Do You Believe America?" - Gets Surprising Answer

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Bullsh*t Non-News Story "Russia Celebrated Trump's Win" Repeated Everywhere
Fear and Misunderstanding of Russia

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Hearts, Intestines Ripped out in Brazil Prison Killing Spree

## Japan ##
Japan, France agree to enhance defense ties
Japan's real wages fall for first time in 11 months as vegetable prices surge
Defense spending at a crossroads
Govt to devise China defense strategy
Tokyo mulls shouldering additional cost for Games

## China ##
Air China becomes first mainland carrier to ban shark fin cargo
China plans emissions cuts, public transport boost as smog lingers
Um, General Chinese Motors?
Yuan Intervention Poised to Fail: All Not Well in Middle Kingdom
Schools in smog-choked Beijing to install air purifiers

## UK ##
Two patients die on trolleys in same A&E in one week as NHS struggles to cope
Weak UK productivity spurs warnings of living standards squeeze

## US ##
Fiat money quantity breaks $15 trillion
Since August 2014, bank reserves at the Fed have fallen by $646.6bn, while the sum of cash, checking accounts and deposits held by the public has risen by $1990bn.
We Can Only Afford One, So Choose Wisely: Social Security/Medicare, Cartel Cronyism or Inflation (a.k.a. Central Banking)
America's gargantuan new corporate landlords evict the s**t out of Americans
The Thing in the Jobs Report that Gives the Fed the Willies
One of the Fed's jobs, in addition to inflating asset prices and keeping the biggest banks from imploding, is to make sure US employers have access to cheap labor so that they can maximize their profits and at the same time remain competitive with cheap-labor countries.
The 'Nightmare before Christmas' has claimed another retailer
Struggling upscale U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus pulls IPO
Millennials Think the Trump Economy Is Going to Implode
The economy is going to implode, anyway, no matter who is president. Implosion is designed into the system. -- RF
Factory Orders Plunge 2.4% Taking Away Most of Last Month's Rise
The retail apocalypse summed up perfectly in one chart
Mall Companies Fall As Sears Announces Plans to Close Stores
As Calpers Flails, Don't Bank on Your Pension
Reality is hitting pension funds hard as returns can't pass muster
OMG: Rumors Swirl That Hillary Is Considering A Run For New York City Mayor
Not So Fast: This Is Where All The "Blistering" Hourly Earnings Growth Came From

## POTUS-elect ##
Top Trump administration spots remain unfilled with just two weeks to go
Steven Mnuchin Donated to One Democrat in 2016 – The Woman Who Declined to Prosecute His Bank

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