Tuesday, February 28, 2017


News Links, March 1, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
High rent could make Toronto a 'generational ghost town'

No, they won't. The energy yield of biofuels is pitifully low compared to what industrial society needs. -- RF
According to U.S. Travel, 60% of U.S. airports have lost connectivity over the last decade. In addition, two-thirds of U.S. states have seen a decline in air service quality and convenience since 2007, meaning they are seeing fewer flights and routes.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
But Chief Warmonger John McCain says it's still not enough. -- RF
Trump's Proposed Increase in U.S. Defense Spending Would Be 80 Percent of Russia's Entire Military Budget
The U.S. government already spends $600 billion dollars a year on its military — more money than the next seven biggest spenders combined, including China and Russia.
Bankrupting the country is the cost of empire. -- RF
Russia's fifth-gen fighter blitz
Russia is moving aggressively on another traditional patron of U.S. arms exports: the United Arab Emirates. Rather than cheap small arms and land-based platforms, Russian companies appear to have identified a market opportunity: relatively cost-effective alternatives to Western fifth-generation fighters. 

## Migrants/refugees ##
Nearly 10 anti-migrant attacks a day in Germany: data
Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks against refugees and asylum shelters last year, according to new interior ministry figures, amounting to an average of nearly 10 acts of anti-migrant violence a day.
Hungary's new fence to make life harder for migrants

## Energy/resources ##
Rig company Seadrill teeters on the brink
Have The Majors Given Up On Canada's Oil Sands?
Canada's oil sands could struggle to rebound, with potentially billions of barrels of oil being kept underground permanently.
As the industrial economy and agriculture fail, increasing numbers of people will be needed to work on farms and grow food. Putting solar farms on agricultural land will create much extra work for new farmers, who will be faced with the urgent task of removing all this hardware from fields they are trying to bring back into production. Further, the mad rush to cover vast expanses of land with PV panels and wind turbines underscores the huge difference in land requirements between fossil fuels and renewables described by Smil in his book "Power Density." -- RF
To support consumerism, Industrial Man will now lay waste to the ocean floor as he has to the land. -- RF
Just one thing: Wind and solar only appear to be cheap because they are piggybacked onto the current system. -- RF
The Grove of Titans, home to some of the world's largest trees, has been 'loved to death.' Now parks officials are trying to save it.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Assessing Diversity on Russian TV
The U.S. view of Russian media is that it is all propaganda all the time to keep the Russian people in line, but it actually encourages diverse and even hostile opinions.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newly-Declassified Documents Show that a Senior CIA Agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence Worked Closely with Owners and Journalists with Many of the Largest Media Outlets
A Nazi Skeleton in the Family Closet
Canada's fiercely anti-Russian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says her Ukrainian grandfather struggled "to return freedom and democracy to Ukraine," but she leaves out that he was a Nazi propagandist justifying the slaughter of Jews.
Mainstream Media's 'Victimhood'
Just weeks ago, mainstream U.S. media decried "fake news" and backed a blacklist of independent news sites over "Russian propaganda." Now, under fire from President Trump, the MSM loves a free press.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Those Systems That Aren't Busy Being Born Are Busy Dying
What we have is a bunch of sclerotic, dying institutions and systems resisting anything and everything that threatens to disrupt the status quo.
A Crackdown on the Poor and Hungry
Concerned about "quality of life" appearances, cities across America are cracking down on the homeless and the hungry.
America could become next 'associate member' of the Commonwealth
Queen Elizabeth is said to support bid to open a Royal Commonwealth Society office in the US after Nigel Farage delivers offer to Donald Trump
Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widens: Exports Sink, Imports Up Sharply
Economists are on a roll today. Not a single economist got 4th quarter GDP correct and not a single economist got the trade deficit correct. In both cases, economists were overly optimistic.

And finally...

Sunday, February 26, 2017


News Links, February 27, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Is that Desperation Hanging Over Europe's Banking System?
Turns out, Italy's banking crisis is not fixed.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
India's "Bold Experiment With Cash": Debunking Myths

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo: sources
A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization has stalled over warnings from defense and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to officials familiar with the matter.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Togo police fire tear gas at protest for media rights
Mexicans Take to Streets for Sixth Straight Weekend to Protest Gas Prices (video)

## Energy/resources ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Syrian War Propaganda at the Oscars
The Western-backed war in Syria, like the invasion of Iraq, was so smothered by propaganda that truth was not only the first casualty but has been steadily suffocated for five years, now reaching the Oscars.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
And they will be among the first to go. -- RF

## US ##
Trump's Trouble with the Truth
Although occasionally blurting out inconvenient truths, President Trump has established an early record of remarkable falsehoods, raising doubts about his grasp of reality.

Friday, February 24, 2017


News Links, February 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Former IMF Chief and Dozens of Former Bank Execs Just Got Sentenced to Jail
Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade
Saudi Arabia News: Foreigners Leaving Country Over Low Oil Prices And High Taxes
Foreigners have begun an exodus from Saudi Arabia as the oil-rich kingdom imposed higher taxes and issued less [sic] international work visas in order to counter low energy prices and a slowing economy, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.
Germany, Italy, France Insist UK Accept €60 Billion Bill Before Brexit Negotiations Start: Election Wildcards

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
J.C. Penney holiday quarter sales drop, to shut 130-140 stores
RBS Will Cut $2.5 Billion of Costs After Ninth Straight Loss

## Airline death spiral ##
American Airlines' 'simplified' new boarding process has NINE groups
High debt tests third-generation heir of Korean Air

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of North Korean
John McCain Illegally Travels To Syria, Meets With Leaders And Fighting Groups; No Criticism From MSM
Ambassador Nikki Haley is Completely Clueless
Air Force Buys Mysterious Israeli Weapon to Kill ISIS Drones
Russia plans to deploy new military division to Kuril Islands
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispute with Japan, this year, according to Russia's Interfax news agency and other sources. 

## Migrants/refugees ##
Donald Trump Plans to Bypass the Courts to Deport as Many People as Possible
South Africa Xenophobia Violence Soars As Raids Target Undocumented Immigrants In The Workplace

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Chinese factory in Myanmar ransacked by hundreds of angry workers
Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets To Break Up Anti-Immigrant Protests In South Africa

## Energy/resources ##
The U.S. Nuclear Energy Dream Is Dying
Canadian oil sands: 4.7 Billion Barrels Just Evaporated In This World Class Oil Play
Dream of Offshore U.S. Wind Power May Be Too Ugly for Trump

## Got food? ##
Vietnam's Low-tech Food System Takes Advantage of Decay

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
FBI refused White House request to refute story on Trump-Russia link

## Japan ##
Bring in the wolves! -- RF
Abe's wife quits honorary post at school in controversial land deal
Hokkaido's latest freight train derailment disrupts commuter service between Sapporo, Hakodate

## China ##
Eight nuclear reactors to be built this year
And finally...
Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers

Thursday, February 23, 2017


News Links, February 24, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Shooting by off-duty cop in Anaheim sparks violent protest
French police clash with protesting youths, arrest 26

## Energy/resources ##
EROI explained and defended by Charles Hall, Pedro Prieto, and others
Continental Resources: Example Of What Is Horribly Wrong With The U.S. Shale Oil Industry
According to Continental Resources website, it labels itself as America's oil champion.  To be a champion, one is supposed to be winner.  Unfortunately for Continental, it's taking a serious beating and is a perfect example of what is horribly wrong with the U.S. Shale Oil Industry.
Doctor Copper's Getting Clubbed

## Environment/health ##
If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a "constant checker." And chances are, it's hurting your mental health.
Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage
The deep ocean and the creatures that live there are facing a desperate future due to food shortages and changing temperatures, according to research exploring the impact of climate change and human activity on the world's seas.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia Did Not Order Psychological File On US President, Kremlin Says
Russia is not preparing a psychological dossier on U.S. President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said Wednesday, dismissing an NBC News report that said otherwise.
CIA Cables Detail Its New Deputy Director's Role in Torture
Gina Haspel, President Trump's choice for the CIA's number two position, was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah than has been publicly understood, according to newly available records and accounts by participants.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The West's Moral Hypocrisy on Yemen
The West's "humanitarian interventionists" howl over bloody conflicts when an adversary can be blamed but go silent when an ally is doing the killing, such as Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
NYT's Fake News about Fake News
The West's anti-Russian propaganda links Moscow to the blight of "fake news" but the evidence doesn't connect the two. So, The New York Times makes the case with its own "fake news."
Here we can see how the elements are aggravating the effects of age on infrastructure. -- RF

## China ##
Whistleblowers endangered in digital age, says lawyers' report
Study backed by Guardian says new laws and interception of communications make it harder for journalists to protect sources
Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss
Across the UK, families are being forced into the red by one small, unexpected cost that triggers a downward spiral into precarious poverty

## US ##

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