Thursday, November 09, 2017


News Links, November 10, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The U.S. Stock Market: Highly Inflated Bubble To Super-Charged Tulip Mania

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are About to Make More Disastrous and Idiotic Mistakes – Part 2
Mission Creep in Darkest Africa
The Cost of War for the U.S. Taxpayer Since 9/11 Is Actually Three Times the Pentagon's Estimate
Philippines backs down in S. China Sea after Beijing protest
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the new territorial spat for the first time.
The Price of Chaos Rises in Spain
The longer the toxic process between Catalonia and Spain drags on, the wider the gulf grows.
Do not mourn for biofuels. They cannot support industrial society owing to a fundamental difference with fossil fuels. With fossil fuels, nature did all the heavy lifting, which involved growing vast tracts of energy crops/organisms, harvesting them, and putting them in gigantic pressure cookers. To produce biofuels, on the other hand, humans must expend much energy to do all these tasks themselves. That's why the energy return on biofuels is so pitifully low. -- RF
Article makes no mention of the energy balance. -- RF
Total Primary Energy Demand to Increase by 35%
Total primary energy demand is set to increase by 35 percent in the period to 2040, according to the 2017 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO) report.
Hey Oil Companies, Scrap Those Dividends, Canada's Mawer Says

## Got food? ##
For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.
More exhortations from brain-dead growth advocates. Trying to maintain an unsustainable population just aggravates the situation. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
When all else fails, blame the Russians. -- RF
If Kelley had used a fingerprint to lock his iPhone, Apple could have told officials they could use the dead man's finger to unlock his device, so long as it had not been powered off and restarted.
Twitter suspends verification program after white supremacist rally organizer gets blue check
Mobile-app errors expose data on 180 million phones: security firm
A simple coding error in at least 685 apps put millions of smartphone users at risk of having some of their calls and text messages intercepted by hackers, cyber-security firm Appthority warned on Thursday.
Founder of web browser Opera says worried about online privacy

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Facebook ended a test to fight fake news that called real news fake
In practice, top comments on news items from organizations such as The New York Times or The Economist contained Trump-esque exclamations of "fake news!"
This article's short length and lack of detail make it hard to draw conclusions, but it's a fact that mainstream news organizations do publish fake news. So a "fake news" label applied by a reader is not necessarily mistaken, despite the article's implication that "legitimate news organizations" (the article's phrase) are truthful and trustworthy. For a number of good articles on The New York Times and fake news, visit Consortium News. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The article purports to teach us the formula for success, but in reality outlines a primary reason why societies and civilizations collapse. All advances are achieved at an increasing personal or social cost, i.e., the marginal cost of advances in skills and knowledge continues to rise. For example, much basic scientific knowledge was gained in premodern times at little or no cost to society, but scientific advances now demand colossal social costs to finance huge laboratories, teams of highly trained scientists, and expensive machines, some of which cover vast tracts of land (such as accelerators). These efforts are now often financed by multiple governments, and as such the marginal cost of scientific advancement has become extremely high. Examples given in the article also note how people need to acquire progressively more knowledge and skills to be "successful." This of course imposes increasingly onerous cost burdens (i.e., rising marginal costs) on individuals and societies. Ultimately, these costs are paid by energy expenditures, and that in turn pressures society even more because of net energy decline. To conclude, this is less a formula for success than a stepping stone to collapse. In other words, the writer believes he is offering us a solution, but is actually describing an insurmountable problem. -- RF
West Coast cities seek fixes for growing homeless crisis
Japan just finished introducing a national ID-number system, and now there's another in the works! History shows that complexity is a destroyer of societies and civilizations. -- RF

## UK ##
Thousands of children referred to UK's counter-terrorism scheme, figures show
Thousands of children and teenagers, including large numbers of girls, were referred to Britain's often-criticised counter-terrorism programme Prevent, new official figures showed on Thursday.
The families living in modern day slums
Number of young adults living with parents reaches record high
Data shows one in four people aged 20-34 still living at home, with young men considerably more likely to be doing so than young women

## US ##
Our Culture of Rape
These are the poisoned fruits of a neofeudal system in which power, wealth and political influence are concentrated in the apex of the wealth-power pyramid.
Washington's Wonderful World of Corruption
Top officials sell out to anyone for anything

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