Thursday, April 13, 2017


News Links, April 14, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Bahrain needs to make big spending cuts, says IMF
What was once an industry based on pleasure has become more of a military installation.
The FAA Consortium in Aviation Operations Research estimated a few years back that the inability of U.S. airlines to deliver the services they have been paid for and that they agreed to deliver costs businesses something like $17 billion.
"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists," he said, referring to the rebel groups that are fighting his Assad regime. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack."
Syria Accuses US Of Hitting ISIS Chemical Weapons Depot Killing Hundreds; Russia Sends Drones
Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria
For North Korea, Cutting Off Oil Supplies Would Be Devastating
Stunning Iran and disregarding the words of its supreme leader, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered Wednesday to run in the country's May presidential election and upended a contest largely expected to be won by its moderate incumbent.
Pushing Australia into War with China (John Pilger)
The U.S. establishment is so disturbed by the erosion of its "uni-polar world" domination that it is pushing compliant allies like Australia into potentially devastating conflicts.
Philippines' Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island
Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit.
Tillerson's Bad Hand in Kremlin Showdown
President Trump's hasty decision to attack Syria may have lightened political pressure at home but Russia's retaliation – suspending a key "deconfliction agreement" – left Secretary of State Tillerson as supplicant at the Kremlin.

## Energy/resources ##

## Got food? ##
VA Hospital in Washington D.C. Is Dirty, Disorganized, Inspector Finds
The Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, D.C., is so disorganized and understaffed that operations were delayed and patients put at serious risk, inspectors reported.
Pentagon Casts Doubt On AP Report Claiming Russia Knew About Syrian Chemical Attack
Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence
Despite President Trump's well-known trouble with the truth, his White House now says "trust us" on its Syrian-sarin charges while withholding the proof that it claims to have.
Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report on the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria
I have reviewed the document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria at roughly 6 to 7 a.m. on April 4, 2017. In fact, a main piece of evidence that is cited in the document points to an attack that was executed by individuals on the ground, not from an aircraft, on the morning of April 4.
Other information that might emerge in court testimony could well be of greater interest. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Sees a "Russia Connection" Lurking Around Every Corner

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Millennials Are Abandoning the Postwar Engines of Growth: Suburbs and Autos
Where's the growth going to come from as the dominant generation makes less, borrows less, spends less, saves more and turns away from long commutes, malls and suburban living and abandons the worship of private vehicles?

## Japan ##
China's nuclear get-out clause over defence of North Korea
Beijing not obliged to defend Pyongyang as its development of nuclear weapons breaches mutual defence pact, experts say as US warns it may launch strike against North
China's $290 Billion Dream to Turn Backwater Into New Shenzhen
Royal Mail to close defined benefit pension scheme
Royal Mail said on Thursday it would close its defined benefit pension scheme at end-March 2018 after a review found it would need to more than double annual contributions to over 1 billion pounds to keep the plan running.
The Donald quickly learns to toe the line. -- RF
Keep in mind that debt expansion is needed for economic growth. -- RF

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