Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

News Links, June 23, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Real Reason behind Qatar's Gulf State Freeze Out
Hint: Al Jazeera, Muslim Brotherhood, and the Arab Spring.
Saudis, Allies Have 'List of Demands' for Qatar
The US seems keener to strike at Syria's Assad than it does to destroy Isis
We Are Inches From A New World War, And Clintonists Are To Blame
Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy
The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn't start with President Donald J. Trump; in fact, it goes back several decades. However, if Trump's first 100 days in office are any indication, he has no intention of slowing down the trend.
As ISIS Loses Ground, US Is on a Collision Course With Syria and Iran
US May Struggle to Pick a Fight With Iran and Not Get Russia Too
Probably many world leaders, including Trump and Kim, are psychopaths. -- RF

At least 1,850 refugees have lost their lives on the dangerous crossing so far this year, says the IOM

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Tunisian Protesters Shut Down Oil And Gas Pipelines, Again
Amid Critical Blackouts, Pakistan Races to Fix Power Network
The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017
Sinking Louisiana: A Major Threat To Billions In Oil Infrastructure
That Louisiana is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico is not news. Rising seas and coastline erosion have been working together for decades, but this sinking may well be happening faster than previously thought—threatening billions and billions of Louisiana oil infrastructure.
Rig Trends: Offshore Rig Market Recovery Reports Premature
For quite some time now, many oilfield analysts have reported the beginning of a recovery in offshore rig demand. Recent report headlines, however, have now started to use phrases like "elusive recovery" or something similar. The fact of the matter is that a recovery never really started.
New research suggests colloidal silver and silver nanoparticles can damage DNA.
[Scientists] also raised the alarm about the most disturbing thing they uncovered: pounds and pounds of trash. Humans have rarely made it to these depths, the scientists said, but our garbage has.
The history that Iranians have never forgotten, but Americans never knew. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Valedictorian goes off script, so the school cut his mic

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The American Empire's War Machine Is Running out of Steam

## Japan ##
Japan's ruling party plows ahead with constitutional change
Takata to file for bankruptcy Monday, SMFG to provide bridge loan: sources
IMF urging structural reform
The International Monetary Fund's annual report on Japan's economy urges the government to speed up structural reform. It warns that both personal consumption and corporate investment are too weak.

America Is Now a 'Second Tier' Country
Some 17 others, including all of Scandinavia, outperform the U.S. by a wide margin when it comes to well-being.
The U.S. Economy is a Perverted, Neo-Feudal, Rent-Seeking Abomination
Automation's Destruction of Jobs: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
 Poverty rates across the country have grown at a markedly faster rate in the suburbs than in cities, upending common wisdom about why and where people are getting poorer. Since the early 1990s, poverty has grown by 50 percent, leading to a doubling of the number of poor folks in places previously associated with soccer fields and shiny malls.
Russia-gate Flops as Democrats' Golden Ticket
The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool's gold.
At FBI, Mueller Oversaw Post-9/11 Abuses
The U.S. mainstream media gushes over Russia-gate special prosecutor Robert Mueller as an upright man of the Establishment, ignoring how he oversaw abuses of innocent Arabs after 9/11.
Divide widens between housing haves and have-nots
Pension Crisis Won't Be Reversed by High Returns, Moody's Says
Gun owners are outraged by the Philando Castile case. The NRA is silent.
US Bill "Stop Arming Terrorists" gets only 13 votes in Congress




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