Sunday, March 26, 2017


News Links, March 27, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Germany wealth inequality gap 'growing wider'
Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs
Cash-strapped governments are raising money for projects with long-term debt
Innovative solution, or sign of desperation? -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Multi-polar world: What Russia Wants — and Expects
America Digs Its Own Afghan Grave
Afghanistan has long been called the "graveyard of empires," the site of failed invasions. But the U.S. – in its 15-plus-year endeavor – seems determined to dig its own grave there.
NATO forces assemble in eastern Europe
Contacts with Russian Embassy
Good read by a former US diplomat. -- RF
Risks to US from War on North Korea
The murders of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi – after they surrendered their WMD – taught North Korea's Kim Jong-un not to give up his, setting the stage for a dangerous crisis.
Third journalist killed in Mexico in month

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten
Is an affordable 100% renewable global electricity grid possible and desirable?
Are they really trying to extend everyone's lives? Or just those of people already doing great?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Global Data Firm: "We Help Utilities Surveil and Profile Their Customers, and Monetize Home Surveillance Data"
In one fell swoop, every utility's claim of "smart meters do not spy on you" is now dissolved.
Surveillance State Goes After Trump
Democrats are so eager to take down President Trump that they are joining forces with the Surveillance State to trample the privacy rights of people close to Trump.
This is why the Deep State is fracturing: its narratives no longer align with the evidence.
Activists Worry That Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Quietly Expand Trump's Muslim Ban

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers Is a Fraud
Pretending Israel Is Innocent of Apartheid
Without doubt Israel practices apartheid toward Palestinians who are broadly denied human rights, but Israel's political clout is such that the reality must be denied at the U.N. and in the U.S.
McCain: "The New World Order Is Under Enormous Strain"
How US Flooded the World with Psyops
Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian "propaganda" yet the U.S. government created a "psyops" bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the world with dubious information.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Sad State Of America's Infrastructure In One Infographic
Yes, it's a global problem because the net energy delivered to society by our energy-supply system after (1) paying energy costs and (2) self-replication, is shrinking. And it's all downhill from here. Economists need to see that it's energy, not money, that makes the world go 'round. -- RF
Sustainable villages replaced by unsustainable cities. A recipe for disaster. -- RF

## UK ##
UK minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable
Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday.
Four out of 10 schools letting out buildings to raise money, study finds

## US ##
More About The Great Collapse In Retail
Democrats Trade Places on War and McCarthyism
Caught up in the frenzy to delegitimize Donald Trump by blaming his victory on Russian meddling, national Democrats are finishing the transformation of their party from one that was relatively supportive of peace to one pushing for war, including a confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
A family earning over $105,000 still can't afford more than half of U.S. colleges
For students from low-income families, more than 90% of colleges are unaffordable

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