Friday, November 17, 2017


News Links, November 18, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
France ran out of money last Tuesday — and within days, so will the rest of Europe
Germany moved up to first place after coming in second in 2016. The U.S. dropped from top to sixth, with France, Britain, Canada and Japan taking spots two to five.
Wall Street Discovers the Brick-and-Mortar Meltdown
Finally time to make some easy money by betting on the collapse of brick-and-mortar retail, years after it began? Here's a grisly thought: As of today, there's an ETF for that.

## Airline death spiral ##
Pilot shortage grounds more flights at Japan's Air Do
Airlines' frequent flyer programs are so complicated only half of members understand them

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump: China agrees NKorea nuclear weapon freeze not enough
Trump's Saudi Scheme Unravels
President Trump and his son-in-law bet that the young Saudi crown prince could execute a plan to reshape the Mideast, but the scheme quickly unraveled revealing a dangerous amateur hour.

Lesvos reaches breaking point, mayor declares general strike
With reception centers on Lesvos bursting at the seams and dozens more migrants arriving daily, the island's mayor, Spyros Galinos, on Tuesday declared a general strike for Monday in protest.

## Energy/resources ##
You'd never know about this bloodbath from the mainstream media, which keep preaching the received belief that shale oil is the greatest thing since sliced bread. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Popular Japanese fish scarcest in 48 years, body mass also smaller

## Environment/health ##
This is how the U.S. has become a Medicaid nation
Today, Medicaid is the nation's largest health insurance program, covering 74 million, or more than one in five Americans.Twenty-five percent of Americans will be on Medicaid at some point in their lives — many are just a pink slip away from being eligible.
The scourge is escalating from occasional nuisance to severe, widespread hazard, overwhelming government efforts to curb a leading cause: fertilizer runoff from farms.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke created the "International Wildlife Conservation Council,"  which advised him that reversing bans such as the elephant trophy ban will provide economic benefits from "U.S. citizens traveling abroad to hunt."
Hungary anger over US 'objective' media funding plan
Hungary expressed "shock" Wednesday at a US plan to finance independent media outlets outside Budapest, a move it called "intervention in an ally's internal affairs".
AT&T reports some U.S. customers unable to make wireless calls
The Demise of Dissent: Why the Web Is Becoming Homogenized
In other words, we'll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and "approved" dissent.
Pentagon "Mistakenly" Retweets Post Calling For Trump To Resign

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Russia-gate Spreads to Europe
The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American ones?
I've Been Banned From Facebook For Sharing An Article About False Flags

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Superhero Complex: Are We Incapable of Saving Ourselves?
Student nuclear disarmament speech canceled due to Chinese pressure: gov't sources
A speech by a Japanese student peace ambassador at an international disarmament conference in Geneva in August was canceled due to pressure from the Chinese government, Japanese government sources said on Thursday.
Beijing avoids taking sides in its 'all-weather friend' country
Too many humans. -- RF

## UK ##
Central Bank Group Think: Convince the Public More Inflation is Coming
Chicago Fed chief Charles Evans is worried about the lack of inflation primarily because he is clueless about where to find it. As further proof of his economic illiteracy, Evans says "Low inflation expectations keep inflation down".
Here We Go Again: No Down Payment, No Problem!
Flagstar bank in Michigan will "gift" down payments to low-income borrowers to buy a house. What can possibly go wrong?

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