Tuesday, May 16, 2017


News Links, May 17, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Globalization and the Rural-Urban Divide
The Neoliberal Corporate-State Order had all the power, and rigged the game to its own advantage.
Greece slashes GDP forecast in new budget plans
Age of 'big data capitalism' dawns
Personal information is 'the new oil' as companies identify enormous opportunities
China Cannot Finance the Belt and Road Alone
China's Growth Dividend for World Economy Shows Signs of Fading
Sheikh Mohammed launches Dubai's new $1.7bn mega-project
Marsa Al Arab will include three new hotels, marine park, new Wild Wadi, Middle East's first Cirque du Soleil theatre and a private resort, all to be built on two islands

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
#Carmageddon Now: Ford to Slash 10% of its Workforce

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Bubble mania: What the Heck's Going on With Cryptocurrencies?
Cyber Attacks Show Vulnerability of Digital Systems and Digital Currencies
Starbucks software glitch takes some stores offline
A glitch in a software update caused cash registers at some U.S. and Canadian Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) stores to go offline for several hours on Tuesday, forcing them to give away free coffee or only take cash.
Why US firms are giving the cold shoulder to China's 'Belt and Road' globalisation strategy
In the US, China's pan-Eurasian infrastructure initiative is more or less invisible outside of news reports from domestic media that mostly frame it as Beijing's grand plan for geopolitical domination
As opposed to Washington's grand plan for geopolitical domination. -- RF
Gorbachev Warns of Growing Danger
A group of Americans visiting Russia heard dire warnings from ex-Soviet President Gorbachev that the tensions between the U.S. and Russia are creating a dangerous situation for the world.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
White nationalists carrying torches protest town's plans to remove Confederate statue

## Energy/resources ##

The dramatic loss of fertile land comes at a time when the demand for food is rising: by 2050, food production will need to increase by 50 per cent to feed the world's projected population of 9 billion.
Food production will never increase 50% and world population will never attain 9 billion. -- RF

IMF austerity has consequences for children's health: study
I'm inclined to believe this, but austerity is the new world order. You can't just eliminate austerity with a wave of your magic wand. Economic reality dictates that austerity will continue growing in severity. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Thailand Demands More Proxy Censorship From Facebook

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Climate change effects on conflict, social unrest, health, mass migration, food, and national security
I guarantee it. But don't count on autonomous electric vehicles, either. -- RF

## Japan ##
Desperately short of labour, mid-sized Japanese firms plan to buy robots
Well, what have I been saying? At last people are starting to wake up. On February 6 I observed: "Trump is just the natural and inevitable evolutionary outcome of America's economic, political, social, and information regimes." -- RF
The Push for Trump's Impeachment
Establishment voices are escalating their calls for President Trump's impeachment, even without any public evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia.

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