Sunday, April 09, 2017


News Links, April 10, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
It's becoming harder for Australians to pay off mortgage by retirement than ever
Sovereign fund to invest in new Saudi entertainment city
Saudi Arabia announced plans on Saturday to build a 334 sq km "entertainment city" south of the capital Riyadh, to feature sports, cultural and recreational facilities including a safari and a Six Flags theme park.
You ain't seen nothin' yet. Brutal austerity is taking aim at the 99% around the world. -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##
Laptop Ban Raises Warning of Fire Risk on Planes
The U.S. order prohibiting passengers from carrying laptop computers and other electronics into the cabins of some overseas flights is raising concerns about a risk unrelated to terror: the potential for those devices' lithium-based batteries to catch fire in the baggage hold.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Launches Airstrikes Against Syria
Trump's 59-Tomahawk 'Tweet'
In what amounted to a 59-Tomahawk middle-of-the-night "tweet," an impulsive President Trump reacted emotionally, not rationally, in attacking Syria.
Hawkish Dems Cheer Trump Attack on Syria
Clinton Called for US to 'Take Out' Airfields Just Hours Before US Strikes

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protester bites cop outside US military base on Okinawa

## Energy/resources ##
Russia Forecasts $40 Oil
The problem with biofuels is that humans are required to do all the heavy lifting that nature did for us in creating fossil fuels. That keeps biofuels from ever becoming a substitute for fossil fuels. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Unusually large swarm of icebergs drifts into shipping lanes
More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week in an unusually large swarm for this early in the season, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take detours of hundreds of miles.
Flu pandemic likelihood increasing as new strains emerge, UNSW researchers warn

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Twitter pulls lawsuit over anti-Trump account, says summons withdrawn
Twitter Inc on Friday dropped a lawsuit it filed the previous day against the U.S. Homeland Security Department, saying the government had withdrawn a summons for records about who was behind an account critical of President Donald Trump.
Where Was CIA's Pompeo on Syria?
As President Trump was launching his missile strike against Syria, CIA Director Pompeo and other intelligence officials weren't at the table, suggesting their doubts about Bashar al-Assad's guilt.
Is Assad to blame for the chemical weapons attack in Syria?
Is the regime of President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the chemical weapons attack in northern Syria? Experts suggest it could have been jihadi rebels. It wouldn't be the first time.

What the article doesn't mention is that the US administration at the time also had no problem. -- RF

And most fixes won't happen at all. -- RF
Why Is the State in Our Bedrooms and Living Rooms as Well as Our Bank Accounts?
There's a word to describe a state with unlimited power over the private lives, spaces, choices, behaviors, communications and accounts of its citizens: totalitarian.
But as I've said before, if you are thinking in terms of probability, a greater danger is financial collapse. -- RF
Experts said the case of Shizuoka clearly illustrates the fact that not only rural areas, but also core regional cities are struggling with depopulation.
That sounds like a solution to me! -- RF
UK tourists to US may get asked to hand in passwords or be denied entry
British travellers to the United States face the uncomfortable choice of handing over personal information, including social media passwords and mobile phone contacts, or running the risk of being denied entry to the country, under a new "extreme vetting" policy being considered by the Trump administration.

## US ##
Getting Serious Now? Senators Warren, McCain, Cantwell, and King Introduce New Glass-Steagall Act
$60 million to look "presidential." -- RF

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