Thursday, March 02, 2017


News Links, March 3, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
"Ghost Tower" haunts Bangkok 20 years after financial crisis
This flawed reasoning reminds one of the reasoning which underlies the claim that renewables have attained grid parity with fossil fuels. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraqi army controls main roads out of Mosul, trapping Islamic State
Meet 'Silent Hunter' - China's New 'Armored Vehicle Slicing' Laser Gun

## Migrants/refugees ##
Hungary PM calls 'ethnic homogeneity' a key to success
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday that "ethnic homogeneity" was vital for the country's economic success, in a fresh tirade against importing workers to solve labour shortages.
Hungary Border Wall Sends Electric Shocks To Undocumented Immigrants
Refugees Linked To Syrian Terror Group Arrested In Germany On War Crimes
UK may return tortured asylum seekers to country they fled, says immigration minister

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anniversary of Denmark eviction riots brings unrest, arrests

## Energy/resources ##
The decline in Bakken oil production that started in January 2015 is probably not reversible. New well performance has deteriorated, gas-oil ratios have increased and water cuts are rising.
API Reports Moderate Crude Build, Oil Glut Reaches New Record
But the best argument for organic and local is that industrial farming is unsustainable. Organic/local is the only way to go because that's all there will be, absent fossil fuels and financing (industrial agriculture is financed with colossal amounts of debt, while the global financial system is nearing collapse). And we are never, ever going to have a world population of 10 billion. -- RF
Be careful what you wish for. -- RF
Such acts suggest that people feel threatened by non-human species because they are taking up "our" space. Similarly, some people in favor of whaling argue that whales are eating "our" fish. Expect more of this as out-of-control human population growth continues. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How the Press Serves the Deep State
Mainstream U.S. media is proud to be the Deep State's tip of the spear pinning President Trump to the wall over unproven allegations about Russia and his calls for detente, a rare point where he makes sense.
Erdogan says paper to pay 'price' over controversial report
Israel's Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire
Israel has often succeeded in silencing criticism of its treatment of Palestinians by calling critics anti-Semites and scaring politicians into canceling public events, but the tactic is now starting to backfire.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Self-driving cars: It Won't Be Like The Jetsons
And sooner or later it will go down. Prepare now. -- RF
The Illusion of Progress
This is precisely what you'd expect of a self-serving elite that was desperate to cloak the unhappy reality that the relative few are benefiting immensely at the expense of the many.

UK welfare squeeze to push more children into poverty - IFS
Peak Rent? Bubble Deflates in Costliest Cities, Soars Mid-Tier
Trump Retreats on Detente with Russia
President Trump toned down his combative rhetoric in speaking to Congress but, more significantly, ditched his campaign promises about détente with Russia and a reduced military presence abroad.
Our current celebrity is no good, so let's replace him with another celebrity. -- RF

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