Thursday, April 20, 2017


News Links, April 21, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
This Is What Heat Does to Us—and the Economy
Climate researchers are reviewing myriad studies of heat and human behavior, adding them up, and looking for sound conclusions about the relationship between temperature and economic productivity. 
Think running retail stores is more expensive than selling online? Think again.
Austerity: You ain't seen nothin' yet. -- RF
When "socialist" states have to impose finance-capital extremes that even exceed the financialization of nominally capitalist economies, it gives the lie to their claims of "socialism."

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Subway Shuts Hundreds of U.S. Stores

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Going cashless to fight rising financial crime

## Airline death spiral ##
Facial recognition is coming to US airports, fast-tracked by Trump
Emirates Just Cut Some of Its Flights to the U.S. Due to Trump's Travel Bans
Dubai-based Emirates airline announced Wednesday it will reduce its service to the United States in response to a drop in demand.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'
Erdogan's Neo-Fascist Turkish Allies
Turkish President Erdogan's push toward nationalistic authoritarianism has an important ally in the political arm of the neo-fascist Grey Wolves.

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship, announcing stringent policies Thursday that emphasize "Australian values."

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Three killed in Venezuela's 'mother of all protests'
Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy
Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Charge me up: Rural electric drivers face 'range anxiety'
Sunita Halasz has tips for "driving electric" along lonely roads in New York's Adirondack  Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour recharges, turn on the energy-hogging window defroster in just 10-second bursts.

Pesticide residues detected in almost all European foods
More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU's national authorities.

## Environment/health ##
The Frog Slime Cure for Flu

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
According to the complaint, filed late Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, the headphone company's Bose Connect app does more than just pair wireless headphones with the music in their devices — it also connects the user's entire listening history with third-party data mining companies.
Especially noteworthy are Shkliarov's concerns about how intensifying anti-Russian sentiment in U.S. discourse is alienating Russian liberals from the U.S. and uniting them behind their own government – as happens in most countries when people, even those who loathe their own government, perceive that their nation is being demonized and targeted by a foreign power.
Machine Learning Just Made It Really Easy To Break Into Your Phone
Programs can now guess a four-digit pin number with 100% accuracy by the fifth attempt based on the orientation of your phone.
Why Not a Probe of 'Israel-gate'?
As Official Washington fumes about Russia-gate, Israel's far more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored. No one dares suggest a probe of Israel-gate.
Russia-Bashing Helps Wall Street Democrats
National Democrats have used hyperbolic Russia-bashing to shield themselves from blame for Hillary Clinton's defeat and to block progressives from pulling the party away from Wall Street.

## China ##
Tibetan Monk Reportedly Self-immolates in Sichuan
Light wars: space-based lasers among Beijing's hi-tech arms
Arsenal including electromagnetic railguns and microwave weapons aims to neutralize web of satellites that give US its main strategic edge
The Nightmare Scenario for Florida's Coastal Homeowners
Demand and financing could collapse before the sea consumes a single house.
Why Hillary Clinton Really Lost
An insider book on Campaign 2016 reveals a paranoid Hillary Clinton who spied on staff emails after losing in 2008 and carried her political dysfunction into her loss to Donald Trump.
This Vicious Cycle is What Bedevils the US Economy
Railroads slash capital spending, and CSX digs deeper, after two years of Transportation Recession.

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