Sunday, February 19, 2017


News Links, February 20, 2017

Australia headed for 'economic armageddon'
Australia is headed for an "economic Armageddon", with record household debt, record foreign debt and a massive housing bubble creating a perfect storm that could "wipe out" millions of families if there is a global shock.

When the lights go out, digital money goes POOF! -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##
The hidden costs of economy class
More airlines than ever are introducing 'basic' economy fares, meaning plenty of extra charges for passengers.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era
'Deep State' Has Trump on the Menu
Whether President Trump knows it or not, he is in a battle with a powerful 'Deep State' that wants to suck him into its neocon foreign policy orthodoxy or destroy him politically.
In view of worldwide changes now underway, Lavrov's remarks are more a prediction than a wish because the Empire is weakening, and a multi-polar world is in the offing. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Public hospitals in 'state of emergency': Australian Medical Association report
Australia's public hospitals are in a "constant state of emergency", with inadequate federal government funding failing to improve wait times, and forcing health workers to treat sicker patients with fewer resources, the Australian Medical Association has warned.
Biological terrorism could kill more people than nuclear attacks, Bill Gates to warn world leaders

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newsweek Fake News: "The Russian Plot, How Putin and Trump Colluded"
While criticism of Trump is warranted for any number of reasons, the media are careful not to mention the smorgasbord of lies and propaganda they've been dishing up for decades. In that sense, Trump is correct: the media are the enemy of the people. -- RF
McCain is missing the point. Dictators get started by controlling the press. What McCain means by needing the press is that people like him need a docile press that will obediently disseminate their propaganda. -- RF
Democrats, liberals and media pundits – in their rush to take down President Trump – are pushing a New McCarthyism aimed at Americans who have talked to Russians, risking a new witch hunt.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Dubai's crazy, apocalyptic vision for the future
None of the "solutions" will happen because there won't be enough energy to implement them. -- RF

## Japan ##
Food taking bigger bite out of Japanese households' spending
Higher prices, appetite for premade food pushes ratio to 29-year high
Japan may offer military trucks to ASEAN
Troops could also be sent to train recipients on use of vehicles
Fears of 'dirty meat' entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests
Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plants.
Democrats, Liberals Catch McCarthyistic Fever
Democrats and liberals are so angry about President Trump that they are turning to McCarthyistic tactics without regard to basic fairness or the need to avoid a costly and dangerous New Cold War.

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