Thursday, September 14, 2017


News Links, September 15, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US dollar index: The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day
Venezuela Suspends Trade In U.S. Dollars
Yes, This Time It Is Different: But Not in Good Ways
Yes, this time it's different: all the foundations of a healthy economy are crumbling into quicksand.
U.S. Virgin Islands governor: Recovery will take years
Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction"
This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.

## War on cash/cashless society ##

## Airline death spiral ##
Massive storms hit airlines where it hurts: Their hubs

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Is Russia Pushing Saudi Arabia Out Of Asia?
Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion
Israeli banks are contributing to the proliferation of West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there, violating their human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.
How North Korea Outmaneuvered U.S.
Don't look now, but North Korea has just won its latest diplomatic tussle with the United States. No matter how often Donald Trump promises to rain down "fire and fury" on the Democratic People's Republic "the likes of which the world has never seen before," it's increasing clear that Kim Jong Un's nuclear-deterrence policy is working and that there's little the U.S. can do in response.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Romania seizes new migrant boat in Black Sea
Romanian authorities said Wednesday they had rescued more than 150 migrants in the Black Sea, the fifth such incident since August amid rising fears that a new migrant route to Europe is opening up.
Trafficked North Korean 'bride' reveals her desperate flight from China
China has made life dangerous for North Korean refugees living in the country amid the escalating nuclear weapons crisis, NGO's leader says
Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, aid remains scarce

## Energy/resources ##

## Environment/health ##
For many of us, it is a surprise to discover that, today, 97% of the vertebrate biomass on land is composed of humans and of domesticated animals, leaving only 3% for wildlife.
Too many humans. And did I mention that there are too many humans? -- RF

This history is relevant again now amid the hysteria over alleged Russian "meddling" in last year's U.S. presidential elections. If those allegations are true – and the U.S. government has still not presented any real proof  – the Russian motive would have been, in part, payback for Washington's long history of playing games with the internal politics of Russia and other countries all across the planet.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
History of Syria's war at risk as YouTube reins in content
Nothing surprising about this.  It's the usual elitist claptrap. -- RF

Navy's nuclear fleet shipyards in bad shape, report finds
Despite the Navy's plans to improve its public shipyards, the four facilities and their equipment remain in "poor condition," featuring drydocks that are more than 100 years old and other shortcomings that will take decades to fix, according to a government watchdog report released Tuesday.
America's Fragile Future
The U.S. mainstream's flailing about over alleged Russian "meddling" in American politics reflects a nation that is rapidly losing its global dominance and fearful of even the slightest challenge.

## Japan ##
Japan to begin supervision of cryptocurrency exchanges
Hesitant consumer spending spurs price cuts on daily goods
Supermarkets and convenience stores are cutting prices on processed food products and daily necessities, as concern over the future course of the economy and sluggish growth in disposable income leave customers reluctant to loosen their purse strings.
Japan's Push to Cut Drug Costs Risks Trade Friction With U.S.
While the U.S. Commerce Department sees Japan's drug market, the world's third largest, as the top near-term growth opportunity for its pharmaceutical exporters, the view from Tokyo is of crippling medical bills as the ranks of the elderly swell and the working-age population declines.
N Korea fires missile from Pyongyang over Japan
Paltry yields sap corporate debt's appeal amid North Korean tensions
If the FTC really wanted to help, it should be pushing for a complete overhaul of how tax filing works, such that merely knowing your Social Security Number and address isn't enough to file tax returns in your name.
Here's how much money Americans have in their savings accounts
And it's a welcome change. But while the observation of the phenomenon is correct, the analysis is lacking. It's important to see that what America actually has is a China-style one-party system. We could celebrate the demise of the Democrats and Republicans, but still end up with the same old system in a different guise, and still operating under the guiding hand of the deep state. To effect real change, the US political system has to break free of the deep state and its agenda of empire, global domination, perpetual war, and corporate rule. -- RF

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