Tuesday, October 24, 2017


News Links, October 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Millions return to poverty in Brazil, eroding 'boom' decade
America in Worse Financial Shape than Russia or China - Peter Diekmeyer
America's 2017 fiscal gap will come in near $6 trillion, nine times higher than the $666 billion deficit announced by the US Department of the Treasury last week, says Laurence Kotlikoff, an economics professor at Boston University.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Why Governments Will Not Ban Bitcoin
The US has had a strange relationship with Iraqi Shi'ite militias, viewing them as allies during the 2003 invasion, terrorists during much of the occupation that followed, and in the course of the ISIS War, they were allies up until the moment they crossed the border into Syria, at which point they became militants.
Russia-China Tandem Changes the World
The West's persistent demonization of Russia over the past decade has pushed Moscow into a de facto alliance with China, changing the geopolitical landscape in ways that U.S. pundits still won't admit.
Andrej Babis, a man dubbed as the Czech Donald Trump, crushed opposition and is now slated to become Prime Minister. Babis wants nothing to do with the euro, but he does want to stay in the EU. Anti-establishment or Eurosceptics parties took the top four spots in a huge smack at Brussels.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Catalans Plan Human Shield to Block Madrid Takeover
As much as US$1 trillion of investments has either been deferred or canceled with the lower-for-longer oil prices, and this underinvestment will impact the future of energy, Amin Nasser, the chief executive of Saudi Aramco, said on Tuesday.
Study: Millions of miles of planned roads shouldn't be built
New research suggests millions of miles of planned roads shouldn't be built, as many projects will sacrifice valuable environmental and ecological resources for limited benefits.
Prozac is polluting waterways, potentially impacting marine life
EU on brink of historic decision on pervasive glyphosate weedkiller
Glyphosate is a weedkiller so pervasive that its residues were recently found in 45% of Europe's topsoil – and in the urine of three quarters of Germans tested, at five times the legal limit for drinking water.
A recent study traced a major coho salmon die-off to contaminants from roads and automobiles — brake dust, oil, fuel, chemical fluids — that hitch a ride on storm water and flow into watersheds. The contaminants are so deadly, they kill the salmon within 24 hours.
Arsenic in drinking water may cause cancer decades after exposure
Severe negative health effects including skin, lung and bladder cancers have shown up in populations that drink water contaminated with arsenic.
Court papers show partisan split widening over Russia probe
Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are refusing to endorse a Republican move to find out who paid the research firm that commissioned a dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, a court document made public on Monday night showed.
How Silicon Valley's Dirty Tricks Helped Stall Broadband Privacy in California
Tech, including Facebook and Google, lent their support to a host of misleading scare tactics.
Super-rich fear their financial details will be exposed following Bermuda cyber hack
Some of the world's richest people were braced for their financial details to be exposed on Tuesday night after a major offshore company admitted that its computer records had been hacked.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Strange World of Russian 'Trolls'
The quotes from US politicians and media are a scream. These people have gone completely bonkers. For example, do you think it's possible that some Americans write pro-Trump posts while others write anti-Trump posts? It would seem that in the minds of politicians and media people, these opposing opinions are all written by the same Russian trolls! -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Are You Infuriated Yet?
I thought it was only Russian trolls who sow discord! -- RF
"The U.S. can sustain a population of 320 million people only because of modern technology."
And that holds for other countries as well. Although an EMP attack is possible, everyone should be more worried about the extreme fragility of industrial/technological civilization, and about gross human overpopulation. -- RF

What's missed here, however, is that the current economic model is a bust. -- RF
Each year, thousands of Americans donate their bodies in the belief they are contributing to science. In fact, many are also unwittingly contributing to commerce, their bodies traded as raw material in a largely unregulated national market.
Markit Composite PMI: Yet Another Diffusion Index Incorrectly Showing Strength

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