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News Links, June 15, 2017

Incredible excess. How much longer? -- RF
In the larger context, Rio's inability to provide an exact cost assessment of the games is yet another blow for the International Olympic Committee, which has acknowledged a crisis in attracting future hosts. Budget overruns and the lingering economic strain put on host cities has been at times extreme.

Airline customer complaints soar following terrible April
To say April was a bad one for airline customer service would be a huge understatement. New data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a 70 percent spike in complaints by passengers compared to April 2016.
Ryanair faces more claims it is separating passengers who refuse to pay for their seats

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Qatar Crisis Update 2017: Oil Export Conflict Expands To Libya

While the Mainstream media continues to put out hype that technology will bring on abundant energy supplies for the foreseeable future, the global oil and gas industry is actually cannibalizing itself just to stay alive. Increased finance costs, falling capital expenditures and the downgrade of oil reserves are the factors, like flesh-eating bacteria, that are decimating the once great oil and gas industry.
And coal. Fossil fuels deliver concentrated energy that cannot be matched by renewables. Sustaining industrial civilization on renewables is a far greater challenge than renewables advocates realize. For starters, read Vaclav Smil's Power Density. It's a real eye-opener. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Japan to help ASEAN chill out in food distribution
Expansion of the cold chain will prove costly and unsustainable. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
A New Record for Global Pollution
Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year.
Great Lakes levels rising; Lake Ontario up nearly 3 feet from last year
How Vladimir Putin Sees the World
The mainstream U.S. media has assumed the role of protecting the American people from alternative viewpoints, which is why Oliver Stone's long-form interviews with Vladimir Putin are such a concern.
The result of this procedure is striking and terrifying when the the leading experts in AI and machine learning are interviewed. They admit that they have no way of determining what rules AI and machine- learning powered machines are following in making their decisions AND we cannot even know what inputs are being used in making those decisions.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Putin, Ukraine and What Americans Know
A prime example of how today's mainstream media paradigm works in the U.S. is the case of Ukraine, where Americans have been shielded from evidence that the 2014 ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was a U.S.-supported coup d'etat spearheaded by violent neo-Nazi extremists.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and other ways to bring down the electric grid
But financial collapse is the biggest threat to power grids (not to mention just about everything else). -- RF


## China ##
China Puts Brakes on New Car Production
Beijing regulators will strictly limit construction of new car manufacturing plants in a bid to rein in a runaway buildup that has seen capacity greatly outstrip demand, according to a new announcement from the state planner.

## UK ##
UK workers suffer spending power hit, raising pressure on May
Low income families forced to walk 'relentless financial tightrope'
Survey by debt charity finds many families going without food, furniture and new clothes as they struggle with huge debts
British inflation jumps again in May, tightening squeeze on consumers
Are public pensions a thing of the past?
Penn. fund went from $20B surplus to $70B deficit
Among the bill's sweeping provisions, the government aims to greatly extend its authority to seize your assets through "Civil Asset Forfeiture".




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