Tuesday, March 21, 2017


News Links, March 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Central Bank Shell Game: What Sweden's Negative Interest Rates Do to Consumers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Taiwan says China advanced ballistic missiles aimed at the island
Trump's Team Embraces Iranian Myths
Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on "regime change" in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality.
Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows
EU Official: We'll Force Members To Accept Refugees

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre
Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.
Vandalism reported along Dakota Access Pipeline
Conservative students say they have been 'violently threatened' at Lutheran college

## Energy/resources ##
Consumers Would Be $3.9 Billion 'Losers' From Nuclear Subsidies
Expanding state aid to money-losing nuclear reactors across the Eastern U.S. may leave consumers on the hook for as much as $3.9 billion a year in higher power bills.
Adjusting the economy to the new energy realities of the second half of the age of oil
Communities are struggling to deal with the volume of waste, and even high-end hotels now pay staff to dig holes in the beaches where they tip in the mounds of plastic.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches
Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix.
IoT: Don't Hide Your Gold Coins Where Your Thermostat Can See

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Don't You Hate Spammy, Sensationalist Click-Bait Like this?
NYT's 'Tinfoil Hat' Conspiracy Theory
There is a "tinfoil-hat" quality to The New York Times' pushing its "Donald Trump Is Russia's Manchurian Candidate" conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism.
The Missing Logic of Russia-gate
Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian "hacking" of the presidential election, but logic is often missing.
Tepco to link up with Intel to manage power grids overseas
Tokyo utility looks abroad to cover staggering Fukushima cleanup costs
How China's overseas property dream turned into a nightmare
Capital controls mean people who signed up for flats in Malaysia cannot send money from mainland

## US ##
Well, thanks for these observations, but here again the implication is that we have the two arms of the War Party — Democrats and Republicans — and nothing else. The US is still stuck with its China-style one-party system. Why can't anyone see past that? -- RF
"People are target shooting at our rock carvings," said Yellowman, a Navajo elder. "They are cutting out our pictographs, our stories, and taking them away and selling them."
One wonders why poor US residents had to depend on Venezuela in the first place. What support has there been from US oil companies? -- RF

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