Friday, May 19, 2017


News Links, May 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Greek parliament approves new austerity measures
'They stole my money': Greek dreams of retirement turn sour
Your favorite car companies are about to look very different
Australian economy among 'walking dead of debt', economics professor argues
Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not Just at Trump
New record set for Dubai's most expensive penthouse

## Airline death spiral ##
Plane passengers should be paying each other to recline, say law professors
The friendly skies not so friendly
Etihad Airways' $4 Billion Expansion Plan Stalls
U.S. Probes Attempted Cockpit Breach on American Air Jet

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan
Under police escort, S.African ambulances brave attacks
When an emergency call comes in from one of South Africa's most crime-ridden neighbourhoods, ambulances do not rush straight to the scene but to a police station first to request an armed escort.
Syria, Russia condemn US-led strike on pro-Assad forces
Trump to Announce $350 Billion Arms Deal During Saudi Arabia Visit
White House Will Present Sale as Targeting Iran

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Greek police fire tear gas as anti-austerity protest turns violent

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Shale Just Won't Die: Bankrupt Drillers Rise Again
If shale is so fantastic, why doesn't the industry make any money? And why weren't they drilling 50 years ago? -- RF
Like shale oil and oil sand, methane hydrate is junk energy. -- RF
Oil industry to get $235 million government loan to help clean up abandoned wells
The oil industry in Canada's resource-rich Alberta will be on the hook for a $235 million government loan to clean up a rising number of oil wells abandoned by owners who have gone bankrupt, the province said on Thursday.
Well, this looks serious. Seeing that the oil industry has fallen on hard times, we can expect more bankruptcies, and more governments on the hook for cleanups. -- RF
Even if FF vehicles vanish, they certainly won't be replaced by EVs. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Hanford is Ripe for a Radioactive Explosion
Nothing can compare with the world-girdling US network of spy stations. -- RF
Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy?
Widespread concern inside Official Washington about President Trump's unfitness for the job is fueling a campaign of high-level leaks that is taking on the look of a "soft coup."

## US ##
Pence Begins Presidential Campaign Unofficially
On April 25, the DNC filed its second motion to dismiss the case, arguing that they are under "no contractual obligation" to follow their charter, and have the right to favor one candidate over another.
If that's true, then why hold a primary? If a political party already favors one candidate and sabotages the campaign of another to help the favorite, holding a primary is just a pointless show. -- RF
Americans Are Paying $38 to Collect $1 of Student Debt
Student loan defaults are a bonanza for the debt collection industry.
The Open Secret of Foreign Lobbying
Russia-gate has focused attention on requirements for U.S. citizens acting as "foreign agents" to register with the Justice Department, but these rules have been sporadically or selectively enforced for decades.

And finally...
Florida man bit on tongue by rattlesnake he tried to kiss

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