Sunday, July 23, 2017


News Links, July 24, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The ECB Morphs into the Mother of All "Bad Banks"
Money Supply Growth Falls Again, Dropping to 105-Month Low
Growth in the supply of US dollars fell again in May, this time to a 105-month low of 5.4 percent.
A world's-fair dreamscape. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israeli General: We Won't Let Iran Win the Syrian War
Toe the line! Trump's Slide into Endless-War Syndrome
Much like President Obama, President Trump was elected as the relative "peace candidate" but – once in office – has veered into Official Washington's neocon "logic" of endless war.
The deterioration of industrial capacity — a concomitant of industrial civilization's accelerating decline — will affect all countries. The good part of this is that it will reduce the scale of humanity's war-making capacity. -- RF
The Dream to Destroy Iran-Nuke Accord
With Israel and Saudi Arabia still lusting for war with Iran, President Trump and his disdain for reality about the Iranian nuclear accord have become the key enablers.
German minister compares Turkey with communist East Germany

## Mexico ##

## Energy/resources ##
But the state's solar boom isn't all sunshine, as the Los Angeles Times energy reporter, Ivan Penn, laid out in a recent investigation. To avoid overloading its electrical grid, California has actually paid neighboring states like Arizona to take surplus renewable energy — dozens of times this year.
All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws
A recent heatwave in Siberia's frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
With my cell-phone number, a private eye found 150 pages on me
CIA Chief: WikiLeaks Will Take Down America Any Way They Can
Declares Group a 'Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service'
Well worth the time. Ritter offers some great insights and plenty of facts. Especially exposes the absurdity of the Syria "sarin attack investigation." Rips the "White Helmets." -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
When We Can No Longer Tell the Truth...
When we can no longer tell the truth because the truth will bring the whole rotten, fragile status quo down in a heap of broken promises and lies, we've reached the perfection of dysfunction.
A frank admission of unsustainability. -- RF
The global population crash will come earlier than 2076. All it takes is the failure of one part of the system — such as when the trucks stop running or the financial system fails — to precipitate mass starvation, chaos, riots, and the near-instant return to a much simpler and more brutal existence. -- RF
These palaces will of course join the many other monuments built by collapsed civilizations and empires to celebrate their own supposed permanence and invincibility. How much longer before the halls go dark, and the machines go silent? -- RF

## Japan ##
This outlook is so utterly old-school that it reeks of decay. Japan's precipitous population drop is not a crisis, but the beginning of getting the country's grossly overgrown human population back to a level that is ecologically sustainable, healthy, and sensible. Most countries of the world are likewise overpopulated with humans, and this unsustainable situation is the prelude to catastrophic system failure. -- RF
There's going to be one heckuva hangover, à la Brazil, but likely much worse. -- RF

## China ##
China bans imports of garbage from overseas
China has taken huge amounts of rubbish from abroad for recycling, but is halting some imports because of the impact on the environment and public health
Why anyone expects anything of the Republicrat machine (i.e., the War Party) is beyond me. Americans need to dismantle the current China-style one-party system. -- RF
I don't wish cancer or other illnesses on anyone, and I sincerely hope that McCain pulls out of this. But I also hope that the Great Warmonger gives up his seat in Congress, goes home, stays out of politics, and stops trying to drag the US into more senseless wars. -- RF

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