Thursday, August 03, 2017


News Links, August 4, 2017

## Airline death spiral ##
Air passengers call 911 after delayed flights in Canada
Air passengers in Ottawa, Canada rang the emergency services after they were trapped on a delayed flight without food or water.
Man suspected of preparing militant act arrested at UK airport
Perks? No! U.S. flyers prefer the cheap seats: Reuters/Ipsos poll
U.S. airlines striving to boost profitability are up against an army of penny-pinching customers who would rather sit in a dreaded middle seat than pay more to fly, says a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
How US Policy Helps Al Qaeda in Yemen

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Turkey Bans Concerts, Hunger Strikes, Public Gatherings And Protests In Ankara

## Got food? ##
'Flash drought' could devastate half the High Plains wheat harvest

## Solutions ##
Why We're So Risk-Averse: "We Can't Take That Chance"
If our faith in the future and our resilience is near-zero, then we can't take any chances.
Now you're talking! -- RF
Study finds human influence in the Amazon's third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005
Deforestation and climate change appear to be amplifying droughts in the Amazon
'Flash Drought' Spreads Across Montana in Less Than 3 Months
The drought monitor estimates that 12 percent of the state — most of northeastern Montana — is in exceptional drought, which is the top end of the scale. That means widespread crop and pasture losses and water-shortage emergencies.
'Anonymous' browsing data can be easily exposed, researchers reveal
A journalist and a data scientist secured data from three million users easily by creating a fake marketing company, and were able to de-anonymise many users

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
A Blacklisted Film and the New Cold War
Nekrasov's powerful deconstruction of the Magnitsky myth – and the film's subsequent blacklisting throughout the "free world" – recall other instances in which the West's propaganda lines don't stand up to scrutiny, so censorship and ad hominem attacks become the weapons of choice to defend "perception management" narratives in geopolitical hot spots such as Iraq (2002-03), Libya (2011), Syria (2011 to the present), and Ukraine (2013 to the present).
How much longer before the US develops a China-style web censorship system? -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why did everyone stop talking about Population & Immigration?

## Japan ##
It's exactly as I have been saying: The US has a China-style one-party system. -- RF

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