Tuesday, March 14, 2017


News Links, March 15, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
$21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In The World – This Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode
US interest rate rise to deepen debt crisis in developing world
Poorest countries hit hardest as lower commodity prices and strong dollar raises repayment bills, campaigners warn

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Sending Gray Eagle Attack Drone To South Korea
Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields
Donald Trump's administration is considering a military proposal that would designate various undeclared battlefields worldwide to be "temporary areas of active hostility".
Russia, Turkey, Iran to press ahead with Syria talks: Kazakhstan
Prosecutor says Mexican body dumping ground may be world's largest
India test fires BrahMos Extended Range missile
Sweden edges up military spending, says more to come
Trump's Quiet Outreach to Russia
Facing fierce resistance from Official Washington to a détente with Russia, President Trump has retreated publicly but continues to push ahead with more military-to-military cooperation.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Paris imposes French on capital's building sites
The Paris capital region has passed a new rule obliging labourers on public building sites to use French, copying action taken elsewhere in France to squeeze out foreign workers.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Palestinian marchers seek Abbas resignation over Israel ties
And on top of that, the industry is losing money. -- RF

## Solutions ##
Solutions Abound--on the Local Level
Rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized "fixes," let's turn our attention and efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized.
However, it pays to keep in mind that big cities are death traps. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk, study says
Scientists say the deepening crisis may make parts of Africa and the Middle East uninhabitable in the next few decades.
Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefs
South Africa advances plans to make sale of rhino horns legal
South Africa's government is advancing draft legislation that would allow the domestic trade and limited export of rhino horns, alarming conservationists around the world.
Global Warming News: Rising Ocean Temperatures Destroying Beautiful Coral Reefs
The Internet of Things Poses Human Health Risks: Scientists Question the  Safety of Untested 5G Technology at International Conference
Israeli research studies presented at an international conference reveal that the same electromagnetic frequencies used for crowd control weapons form the foundation of the latest network – branded as 5G – that will tie together more than 50 billion devices as part of the Internet of Things.
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Has factory consolidation for pharma companies heightened risk of drug shortages?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Trump aide Kellyanne Conway says no evidence of wiretap operation
Deep Learning: Teaching Computers to Predict the Future
When 'Disinformation' Is Truth
Democrats and liberals have climbed into bed with the neocons to push the "Russia-did-it" conspiracy theory as a way to "get Trump," but this New McCarthyism has grave dangers.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Raising Interest Rates Can't End Well!
EMP attacks and direct hits by coronal mass ejections are possible and worrisome, but here again the biggest danger — collapse of the global financial system — fails to make an appearance. Without financing, everything including power grids will stop working and people will start dying. -- RF

Corporate Japan to power Saudi economic overhaul
A new cooperation plan between Japan and Saudi Arabia will help reshape the Middle Eastern kingdom's oil-dependent economy, enticing Japanese businesses to expand its industry in exchange for looser regulation and favorable tax treatment.
Japan turns to drones to help aging hunters bag crop-damaging prey
The solution is not a technofix, but bringing back wolves and ecological balance. -- RF

## UK ##
Rationing of NHS services 'leaving patients in pain and distress', says new report
The enforced rationing of overstretched NHS services is leaving patients in pain and distress, a new report has said.
Screentime linked to greater diabetes risk among children
Spending over three hours watching TV or playing computer games every day increases risk of the disease in childhood, study says
Wave of Vandalism, Violence Hits LGBTQ Centers Across Nation
How Will Stocks Come Unglued? Wolf Richter on the Keiser Report
In normal times, they would've already come unglued. But these are not normal times. 
Remember: Debt expansion is required for economic expansion. So the message is: Borrow, baby, borrow! Make no mistake — this is an act of desperation. -- RF
"Even white, Anglo-Saxon people, who are most of our customers, they are afraid of crossing the border... They don't want to end up in some prison."

And finally...
Lawmaker mocks abortion law with call for masturbation fines
Alongside the penalty for wasting semen not resulting in a pregnancy, Democratic Rep. Jessica Farrar's bill would require a "medically unnecessary digital rectal exam" before any man undergoes a vasectomy or can be prescribed Viagra.

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