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.

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