Sunday, August 13, 2017


News Links, August 14, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
What the Mainstream Doesn't Get about Bitcoin
The real demand for bitcoin will not be known until a global financial crisis guts confidence in central banks and politicized capital controls.
The real value of bitcoin will be known when the internet and power grids go down. -- RF
HNA Finalizes Purchase of Money-Losing German Airport

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Countries With the Largest Nuclear Stockpiles
US Military Presence Overseas Mushrooming: Here, There and Everywhere
Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. The forces use several hundred bases, more than 1,000 if the figure includes overseas warehouse and installations.
Rocket experts: North Korean Missile Claims Are 'a Hoax'
A New Korean War Would Quickly Escalate

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Nigerian Protesters Storm Shell Crude Oil Flow Station
Massive rally against US base relocation (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Mozilla Joins George Soros's Efforts In Launching A Strike Against "Fake News"
Education or Brainwashing?
Inculcating youngsters with national myths is a key way for societies to control their populations – as is clear in how Israel defines acceptable history – in defiance of educational ideals.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Don't blame addicts for America's opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits
America's opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another
Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City
New Orleans braces for new flooding as it copes with power outages, failed pumping system
Officials said this week that at least 14 of 120 drainage pumps located throughout the city were out of service during last weekend's storm because of power shortages and because of a lack of basic maintenance.
If Pence Shapes Trump's Infrastructure Plan, Who Would Profit? Who Would Pay?
Net energy decline is the main reason for infrastructure problems, so gimmicks aren't going to solve them. -- RF

## US ##
In Debt We Trust for U.S. Consumers With $12.7 Trillion Burden
To put the borrowing in perspective, it's more than the size of China's economy or almost four times that of Germany's.
Russia-gate's Fatally Flawed Logic
By pushing the Russia-gate "scandal" and neutering President Trump's ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea.
Are We Already in Recession?
If we stop counting zombies, we're already in recession.
But keep in mind also that in a world of net energy decline, each "recession" is actually another leg down in the degeneration of industrial society. -- RF

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