Thursday, March 23, 2017


News Links, March 24, 2017

Emirates to Let Travelers Keep Laptops Until U.S. Boardings
For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles
It's yet another impediment in the name of security for already weary travelers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies.
Rex Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Dubbo, passenger saw 'flames coming from engine' (Australia)
Greece's Aegean Airlines profit drops, cuts dividend
Government, Air India mull steps to check unruly passengers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Airborne troops, Mi-28s & fleet: Massive military drills kick off in Crimea

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
India must be careful: Jobless growth can lead to social unrest
About that shale drilling miracle... -- RF
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Bechtel Form Decommissioning Alliance
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Bechtel today announced the formation of an alliance to offer decommissioning and dismantlement services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.
The War on Water Is a Very Real Crisis
One of the hidden costs of industrial agriculture is its intensive water usage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 80 percent of U.S. consumptive water (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes.

## Solutions ##
Heat Storage Hypocausts: Air Heating in the Middle Ages

## Environment/health ##
Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem
The world's bees are in big trouble — even more than you might have realized. Last year the U.S. lost a mind-boggling 44 percent of its honeybee colonies.
Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'
Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question
A Breach in the Anti-Putin Groupthink
The mainstream U.S. media has virtually banned any commentary that doesn't treat Russian President Putin as the devil, but a surprising breach in the groupthink has occurred in Foreign Affairs magazine.
Top NSA official says telephone surveillance should have been disclosed
The U.S. government should have publicized the existence of a program that vacuumed up in bulk Americans' telephone call data before its existence was leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency's deputy director said on Tuesday.
The Conspiracy Against President Trump
Listening today to the broadcast of testimony by FBI Director Comey and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers before the House Intelligence Committee (an oxymoron) made it clear that the Democrats, Comey, and Rogers intend conflict with Russia.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
I have a better explanation: Governments and their media mouthpieces are behind it. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy
When the system is rigged, "democracy" is just another public-relations screen to mask the unsavory reality of Oligarchy.
Japan's gas, electricity prices to rise again in May
Japan's 14 major electricity and gas companies are expected to raise rates in May for the fourth straight month, as the utilities pass on rising costs of imported fuels to consumers.
MSDF boosts overseas deployment capabilities with second big helicopter carrier
The American Dream increasingly involves a lease, not a mortgage.
Left and Right, US Lawmakers Unite Against Escalating War in Syria
While the Pentagon provides plans for the Trump Administration for a major escalation of the US involvement in the war in Syria, new bipartisan legislation is being pushed in both the House and the Senate aiming to oppose the escalation and put legal obstacles in the way of it.
More than 1,500 U.S. citizens were wrongly held in local jails or detention centers at the request of immigration officials between 2007 and 2015, according to a 2016 National Public Radio analysis of detainer requests. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are prohibited from detaining U.S. citizens.
State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sources
We're All Minorities Now
The one percent now effectively owns Washington: the making of our laws, the writing of Executive Orders, the running of Federal agencies with the power to put crooks among the one percent in prison – or not, and they are now the overseers of gutting Federal programs that benefit the 99 percent.

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