Thursday, October 19, 2017


News Links, October 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
White nationalist heckled at University of Florida speech

Oil's Biggest Rigs Headed to Junkyard as Daily Losses Mount
Transocean Ltd. is finally sending Pathfinder to its grave, after two years in a Caribbean purgatory that cost about $15,000 a day. The move by the world's biggest offshore-rig operator signals just how bleak the future looks for deepwater drilling.

## Environment/health ##
"We are rapidly losing our remaining large animals, like forest elephants, and this loss will critically impair the future functioning of these ecosystems by reducing their fertility."
Too many humans. -- RF
German nature preserves have lost 75 percent of their flying insects
"As entire ecosystems are dependent on insects for food and as pollinators, it places the decline of insect eating birds and mammals in a new context," said researcher Hans de Kroon.
Recall this article from last summer. -- RF
A hepatitis A outbreak is killing California's homeless population

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
UK spies using social media data for mass surveillance
Anyone who doesn't think their social media accounts are being used to populate databases is naive. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Iran Doesn't Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
No, Lyft and Uber probably won't solve urban road congestion
Puerto Rico's Back-Up Power Supply Is Maxed Out
Back-up diesel generators in Puerto Rico that have provided a lifeline for hospitals and other critical facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are starting to break down and need fixing.

## Japan ##
Japan mulls cutting back sales of ultralong debt
Gas supply and demand conditions will be 'serious' this winter, China warns
Market leaders should be injecting gas into storage facilities ahead of the peak demand season, state planner says

## UK ##
UK Gov't Considering Redefining Social Media Services As Publishers To Make It Easier To Control Them
'Sometimes you don't feel human' – how the gig economy chews up and spits out millennials
Young people aren't just enthusiastic users of Uber, Deliveroo and TaskRabbit – they are often working for them. But while promising flexibility, these jobs are precarious and low-paid. Is this the new model for the working poor?
Real wages fall despite low levels of unemployment
Average earnings of UK workers are now no higher than they were in February 2006, official figures reveal
Civil asset forfeiture: Use A Landline To Talk About Criminal Activity? The Government Can Seize The House Around It
ICE is by far the biggest contributor to the DHS's total forfeiture take. This can be expected to grow with the new administration's intense focus on illegal immigration. As with any government program experiencing sudden growth, one can expect an exponential leap in abuse.

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