Tuesday, September 19, 2017


News Links, September 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work
Pension Storm Warning
Government told to begin online auctions or face a bank bail-in (Greece)
Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants
Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports
The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization
Will Low Oil Prices End Saudi Arabia's Gas Subsidies?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US breaks ground for new permanent base in Israel
U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the American flag, and charged with the mission of defending against rocket and missile attack.  
Defense Contractors on Cloud 9
Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism
Exclusive: President Trump's U.N. speech showed that despite his America First rhetoric, his policies are virtually the same as the neocon strategies of George W. Bush and liberal interventionism of Barack Obama.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
80 arrests as riots grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop's acquittal in fatal shooting

## Energy/resources ##
Saudis May Raise Domestic Gasoline Prices by 80%
It'll be good riddance to an industry that's never made any money. -- RF
This is your typical fear mongering from brain-dead growth advocates. The best thing that could happen to any country or region on Earth is a decline in the birth rate and population. -- RF
The hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining
Even more voracious than the consumption of finite reserves of fossil fuel, the mining of sand and gravel represents a looming tragedy of enormous proportions, according to a group of prominent scientists.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?
What a hoot. The most meddlesome country on the planet is the US. The hutzpah displayed by Americans in this regard is beyond belief. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Banning 'Hate Speech' in America Will Only Make It More Popular

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Reducing inequality: does it still make sense in a world of more than seven billion people?
The high cost of an easy-care, low-maintenance world
To take it a step further, why not challenge the idea that we need to have ironed and creased trousers? And is it really good style to dangle a piece of colored cloth from your neck, or is it just an illusion maintained by those who profit from making and selling neckties? -- RF
People never learn from history. -- RF
Abe may commandeer tax hike proceeds for free schooling
Spreading benefits to Japanese public could undermine point of fiscal reform
Obama Goes Full Clinton Foundation With Series Of $400,000 Wall Street Speeches
For a man who once criticized the Clinton Foundation for taking millions of dollars in 'donations' from Wall Street "Fat Cats," Obama seems to be in a rush to replicate the lucrative Clinton scam via his very own Obama Foundation. As Bloomberg points out this morning, since leaving office in January, Obama has already collected millions in speaking fees from the same Wall Street banks that may have cost Hillary her shot at the White House.

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