Sunday, April 23, 2017


News Links, April 24, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Toronto House Price Bubble Hit with 15% Foreign Buyers Tax. "Property Scalpers" & "Double Ending" Brokers Targeted
This year's meetings were dominated by a debate over how to respond to a rising tide of anti-globalization sentiment.

## Airline death spiral ##
We've entered an era in which even flight attendants are not immune to air rage. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. defense secretary looks to rebuild trust in Egypt visit
Mattis in Israel insists Iran nuke deal 'still stands'
Austria arrests 26 leaders of a group that rejects the country's laws
Austrian police arrested 26 people on Thursday in nationwide raids targeting what the government said is a growing and potentially dangerous problem of people refusing to recognise the state's authority.
The Bait-and-Switch 'War on Terror'
The U.S. "war on terror" has always been a bait-and-switch scam on the American people, with Washington putting the desires of its Mideast allies ahead of defeating Al Qaeda and ISIS.
Africa Command: Piracy is on the rise off the Horn of Africa
The U.S. military in East Africa is monitoring a sudden return of piracy around the Horn of Africa, likely caused by deteriorating economic conditions and famine throughout the region, U.S. defense officials said Sunday.
U.S. will not give Exxon permission to drill in Russia
Troubling Signs At Bakken As Oil Production Growth Stalls
Residential Solar Giants May Not Be Low Cost After All
Despite the economies of scale one might except, a new study shows that large solar installers charge more for their rooftop solar power systems than their smaller competitors.
People still don't see that PV and other renewables are piggybacked onto the fossil-fuel energy system. Taking away fossil fuels would reveal that renewables aren't (1) self-sustaining, aren't (2) self-replicating, and, after satisfying requirements (1) and (2), could not (3) supply a large energy surplus to the economy. -- RF
"In short, Canada's clean-technology industry is awash in red ink" and its companies vulnerable to foreign takeover, the report said.

Vomitoxin makes nasty appearance for U.S. farm sector
A fungus that causes "vomitoxin" has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices. The plant toxin sickens livestock and can also make humans and pets fall ill.

## Environment/health ##
But no one perceives the problem that there are just too many people. -- RF
Why drinking all those diet sodas may come back to haunt you later in life
Artificially sweetened beverages may be linked to an increased risk of stroke and dementia, according to a study released this week by the American Heart Association's peer-reviewed journal Stroke.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hillary camp scrambling to find out who leaked embarrassing info
The conclusion of the article is apparently that "the Democrats need therapy," which is of course true, but here again this implicitly defends America's China-style one-party system. Unless Americans extricate themselves from the Republicrat mindset, there's no escaping the path to political self-destruction. -- RF
[T]he more dangerous a defendant, or the more extensive his contacts with terrorists, the more likely he can leverage his connections for leniency.
Trial and Terror
The U.S. government has prosecuted 796 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.
In the US it is popular to blame Trump, but anti-intellectualism is an integral part of American culture. -- RF
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Plus 70 years. Decommissioning will never be completed. Multiply this by the hundreds of nuclear power plants and facilities around the world, and you get an idea of the planetary disaster in the offing. -- RF 

## China ##
Not many people will be able to survive on leafy vegetables. -- RF
The polluted lake at heart of Xi Jinping's new city dream
Chengdu Takes Aim at Conversion of Commercial Property Into Private Apartments
Authorities in Chengdu have set new hurdles for converting commercial property into private apartments, as the interior city attempts to further curb ballooning property prices.
Made-in-China carrier is readied for launch
Cathedrals in crisis: fears of closure as half face big cash problems
As many as half of England's Anglican cathedrals are facing financial crisis and a closure cannot be ruled out, according to the chair of an investigative task force set up by the archbishops of Canterbury and York.
May's Conservatives on course for sweeping election victory

## US ##
Our State-Corporate Plantation Economy
We've been persuaded that the state-cartel Plantation Economy is "capitalist," but it isn't. It's a rentier skimming machine.
Desperate Malls Turn to Concerts and Food Trucks
Report: Illinois' unfunded pension liability is 10 percent of the entire nation's total
Another report shows N.J. has worst public pension debt in U.S.
Sen. Paul, Scott Bullock: Civil forfeiture has ruined countless lives. It's long overdue for reform
Why American millennials may never get to live alone
How US Race Laws Inspired Nazism
As much as Americans like to think of Germany's Nazism as a foreign evil, Adolf Hitler and his henchmen drew inspiration and guidance from U.S. race laws, as documented in a new book.
Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.

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