Sunday, October 22, 2017


News Links, October 23, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Investors Brace for a Cruel New World of Feeble Returns

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

## Energy/resources ##
Why every electric carmaker is scrambling for access to this element
Will Demand For Offshore Rigs Ever Recover?
Last quarter, offshore drilling rig companies retired more rigs than ever before in a three-month period, according to one energy advisory firm. Embattled Transocean is sending six floating rigs to the junkyard that will cost it $1.4 billion.
Battery storage proponents despondent about future under National Energy Guarantee (Australia)
Some in the fledgling tech-metals mining and processing industry are dismayed that the Federal Government's new energy policy does not appear to support renewable energy storage such as batteries.
Is a dangerous bird flu on the horizon?
Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak.
'This is a really big deal': Canada natural gas emissions far worse than feared
Pioneering peer reviewed study measured methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in two regions in Alberta: 'If we thought it was bad, it's worse'

Man Bites Dog: NYT Does Journalism
When the Trump administration blamed Cuba for a "sonic attack" on U.S. diplomats, a New York Times reporter did something unusual for his newspaper: he tried objectively to assess the evidence.
Russia Uranium Deal: Bill Clinton Met Putin, Media Suddenly Silent Despite Threats on Informant
For months, we have heard little from mainstream media but Russia! Now that The Hill broke major stories directly implicating both Bill and Hillary Clinton regarding an unusual uranium deal with Russia, with money to the Clinton Foundation in return, we have a sudden silence. It's BillaryGate!
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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
'Go home, racist!' Richard Spencer shouted down at University of Florida speech
Although his message is repugnant, in a democracy he should still be allowed to speak. Such ideas are easily refuted by science (for example, see this recent article), which is what opponents should be doing instead of shouting the speaker down like rabble. -- RF
Blaming Russia for the Internet 'Sewer'
As the Russia-gate hysteria spirals down from the implausible to the absurd, almost every bad thing is blamed on the Russians, even how they turned the previously pristine Internet into a "sewer."
Warmonger George Bush BLASTS Trump for promoting "bigotry or white supremacy"
Liberals used to hate George W. Bush. Now they love him.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Which Rotten Fruit Falls First?

## US ##
Unsurprisingly, Students Despise Obama Policies...When Credited to Trump.

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