Tuesday, February 14, 2017


News Links, February 15, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Biggest EU Banks Embark on the Mother of All Debt Binges
Asia Pacific employees aren't happy at work

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
'Blackwater Air' Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces
A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.
Nuclear war between India and Pakistan more likely, up to a billion deaths
Human Rights Watch: Syria Used Chlorine Gas in Capture of Aleppo
A new study from Human Rights Watch is claiming a "systematic" use of chlorine gas as an offensive weapon during the final few weeks of the Aleppo offensive, determining at least eight incidents in which military helicopters dropped such canisters into residential areas.
Regarding this, see the following article. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrants In Europe 2017: New Berlin Wall Built By German Town To Separate Citizens From Refugees

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands march in Mexico to demand respect, reject Trump
Bravo! However... this lifestyle does not comport with the consumer society. Our economy depends on people spending lots of money, and going deep into debt to support a consumerist lifestyle. There's a fundamental contradiction between this frugal, minimalist lifestyle and the need to support economic growth with big spending. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Sheer idiocy. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
What happens when the power goes out after you become a cyborg? -- RF
It all looks good until the lights go out and the internet goes down. -- RF
Mike Flynn May Face Felony Charges For Lying To The FBI
The FBI had no problem letting Hillary Clinton off the hook despite numerous attempts to hide the truth; Mike Flynn may not be so lucky.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
To start with, these tips omit the most important one: Is it a mainstream media story? If so, it should be immediately suspect, in view of the history of fake news peddled by the mainstream media. And take a look at the tips offered. You can immediately see the problems. -- RF
But while it's important to lay primary blame for the ban at the feet of the man who signed it, years of Islamophobic coverage in corporate media—right-wing, centrist and "liberal"—laid the propaganda groundwork to get us here.
Millennial women face new mental health struggles in the workplace
Young workers today report higher rates of depression than any other generation

## Japan ##
No Laughing Matter for Kuroda With BOJ Near 40% of Bond Market
Trump Promises "Fast Trains," Japan's Railway Stocks Soar
Toshiba to issue business risk warning
Multi-billion-dollar nuclear loss may endanger future viability
Japan, Inc.: Optimized to 1960, Stumbling in the 21st Century
If an ossified, self-serving status quo refuses to adapt, collapse is the only way forward.

## China ##
China mulls radical output cuts, port coal ban in war on smog - document
China is considering forcing steel and aluminum producers to cut more output, banning coal in one of the country's top ports and shutting some fertilizer and drug plants as Beijing intensifies its war on smog, a draft policy document shows.

## US ##
Canadian school board bans student trips to U.S.
A public school board in Windsor, Ontario, has canceled all field trips to the U.S. — including visits to the Detroit Opera House and the Holocaust Memorial Center — over concerns that some students could be detained or turned back at the border.

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