Sunday, October 08, 2017


News Links, October 9, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The ultimate loser here will be the dollar. That's one more reason for investors to allocate part of their portfolios to assets such as gold.
It's 'crunch time' for Australian households
Laos merely a bystander as China pushes Belt and Road ambitions
A total of 437 cases of plane parts falling from the sky were confirmed from April 2009 through October 2016, according to a survey by the ministry.
Japan needs to promote steady repairs and other maintenance measures on a priority basis amid deterioration of runways at airports built during the country's high economic growth period chiefly in the 1960s.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump says 'only one thing will work' with North Korea
Suspending the Catalan Parliament, Spain Destroys the EU's "Rule of Law" Figleaf.
It takes a very special kind of chutzpah systematically to assault voters, and drag them from polling booths by their hair, and then say that a low turnout invalidates the vote.
Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast
The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Supporters of opposition leader Alexey Navalny heeded his call to turn out Saturday for nationwide protests to mark President Vladimir Putin's birthday -- though the numbers were sharply down on earlier demonstrations.

## Energy/resources ##
The Permian Boom Is Coming To An End

## Got food? ##
Too many humans. -- RF
Did I mention that there are too many humans? -- RF

Good luck with that. We can't even maintain the infrastructure already built here on Earth. -- RF
There's Reason to Be Skeptical of a Tesla-Powered Puerto Rico
The island territory has long been a laboratory for the continent's seedier experiments.
Increase in antimicrobial use projected in food-producing animals
With the global consumption of meat by humans predicted to keep rising, figures have suggested the threat of antimicrobial resistance in animals and humans is set to escalate.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
White House chief of staff's personal cellphone compromised: Politico
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will give Facebook $19 million in tax exemptions...
Hackers Grab More NSA Exploits, Possibly With Assistance Of Russian Antivirus Developer
Given the US government's recent decision to ban the use of Kaspersky AV software, one might assume Kaspersky itself acted maliciously. But the details in the story -- along with analysis from other journalists and researchers -- suggests the AV software may have done nothing more than its job.
Public officials risk national security by using cellphones
Professional spyware is capable of remotely activating cellphones to tap into data and conversations – without turning on screens

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact
From accusations of Trump campaign collusion to Russian Facebook ad buys, the media has substituted hype for evidence.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Storm relief strains US military as new report gives sober look at readiness
The Spiraling Crisis of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's infrastructure, which already faced severe pressures because of the U.S. territory's huge debt and demands from its creditor, has now been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

## Japan ##
BOJ faces increasing risks as monetary easing drags on
While the Federal Reserve is entering the final phase of its exit strategy, there is no end in sight for the BOJ's massive monetary easing policy, which has seen nothing but expansion during Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's term.
Abe proposes to add civilian control clause in Constitution revision
Recalling Japan's 'Comfort Women' Rapes
Japan's current nationalist leadership downplays and denies many crimes from World War II, but a global movement continues to press for a recognition of the mass rapes and murders of so-called "comfort women."

## China ##
China pays a high price for world's fastest train
Breakneck pace of railway expansion leads to mountain of debt

## UK ##
The UK's productivity problem is almost twice as bad as the rest of the G7
The Rise of Britain's 'New Politics'
As more Britons turn toward Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the British establishment is upping the pressure on the "radical" Corbyn to conform to U.S.-U.K. militarism and interventionism.
University of Wisconsin System leaders approved a policy Friday that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations, saying students need to listen to all sides of issues and arguments.

And finally...
No, this is not from The Onion. -- RF

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