Tuesday, April 11, 2017


News Links, April 12, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pension Crisis In U.S. and Globally Is Unavoidable

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Wal-Mart is cutting hundreds of jobs to slash costs

## War on cash/cashless society ##
IMF Issue Working Paper on Eliminating Cash

## Airline death spiral ##
Delta says 150 more flights canceled as storm effects linger

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China's nuclear envoy in South Korea amid talk of Trump action against North Korea
Survey: Arabs consider Israel biggest threat to Mideast peace
A vast majority of people in 12 Arab-majority countries regard Israel as the biggest threat to achieving Middle East peace -- on par with the Islamic State as a source of perceived regional instability, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.
Somali pirates frustrated by crew that locked itself in bulk carrier's safe room until rescuers arrived
The brief hijacking of a Lebanese-registered ship has drawn attention to the resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia, after five years of inactivity.
Stop-loss an option for US Air Force to stem pilots' departure to airlines
Faced with pilots leaving the Air Force in droves for the airlines, top generals are considering the option of forcing some to stay in the service against their will, a senior Air Force general told CQ Roll Call.
Neocons Have Trump on His Knees
The Democrats' Russia-made-Hillary-lose hysteria has pushed a weakened President Trump into the arms of the neocons who now have a long list of endless-war ideas for him to implement.
EU, NATO countries kick off center to counter 'hybrid' threats
Several EU and NATO countries on Tuesday signed up to establish a center in Helsinki to research how to tackle tactics such as cyber attacks, propaganda and disinformation.
Rotten Tomatoes: Turkish Farmers Suffer Putin's Wrath Over Syria
The fallout from the war in Syria is creeping further into Turkey, where the sanctions Vladimir Putin imposed after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's forces downed a Russian jet 16 months ago are pushing farmers toward ruin.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Le Pen Says She Would Dismantle All Immigrant Camps After Fire

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
French Guiana: The part of South America facing a total shutdown

## Energy/resources ##
Low Break-Even Prices Are For Everyone–Not Just Shale Companies
A good read if you want to know about the parlous state of the oil industry. The seriousness of this cannot be overemphasized. If the oil industry goes bust, everything else goes bust. -- RF
Japan to push for hydrogen society
Government mulls deregulation to promote the next-gen energy source
Hydrogen is not an energy source! This misconception helps lead to the mistaken belief that hydrogen is going to run industrial society in place of fossil fuels. I predict much weeping and gnashing of teeth. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Detecting Food Stamp Fraud
Food stamps are important because we're only 9 meals away from a revolution. 
Farmers' incomes are down, they're in debt, aquifers are depleting, and it's all grown with oil provided by a dying industry. The glut is indicative of gross distortions in the system. -- RF
Instead of dropping bombs, governments could be delivering planeloads of all that excess grain. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Catastrophic Logging Threatens National Forests (US)

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Media's Missing the Point: Syria, Empire and the Power of Signaling
In the study, researchers were able to guess a password just by watching the movement of a device. They had 70 per cent accuracy on the first guess, and 100 per cent by the fifth.
Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation
Two dozen ex-U.S. intelligence officials urge President Trump to rethink his claims blaming the Syrian government for the chemical deaths in Idlib and to pull back from his dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation
The mainstream U.S. media now reports as "flat-fact" the Syrian government's guilt in the April 4 chemical weapons incident, but the real facts are less clear and some point in the opposite direction.
Putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse. -- RF
Like methane hydrates, this too will end in tears. -- RF
Good thing for severely overpopulated Japan, but brain-dead growth advocates can't see that. -- RF
Japan's Top Brokerages Cut Back on Graduate Hires
Japan's top three brokerages are cutting back on graduate hires as household investors continue to shun the stock market, squeezing their retail business.
Intrafamily crime a reflection of Japan's aging society
More than a third of the murders, attempted murders and fatal assaults involving members of the same family in 2014 were motivated by "fear of the future."

## China ##
Unfettered online hate speech fuels Islamophobia in China

## UK ##
Nothing is "free." Taxpayers foot the bill. -- RF
And that's not all. Read this shocking account of gratuitous police brutality. -- RF

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