Thursday, November 23, 2017


News Links, November 24, 2017

Whose Private-Sector Debt Will Implode Next: US, Canada, China, Eurozone, Japan?
Canadians, fasten your seat-belt. Here are the charts.
[T]he most important factor has to do with the fragile nature of a highly technical complex system that allows Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to function.  It takes a tremendous amount of energy to maintain and power the internet, servers and computer systems that give life to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

The Washington DC-based transportation think tank said that airline mergers have helped drive a 15 per cent increase in traffic at large hub airports, while traffic declined at small and medium-sized airports.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Hariri's "Unresignation" As Seen In A Bizarre Photo With The Iranian Ambassador
Trump Resumes Abuse of 'Terror List'
The U.S. government has long abused its "terrorism list" by including disfavored nations while leaving off "allies" implicated in 9/11 and other terror attacks, a practice President Trump has resumed.
The Real Winner in America's Russia Crisis Is China
The continuing American obsession with Russia plays directly into Beijing's hands and makes it less likely that Washington will develop an effective strategy to deal with China
Cutting the risks of copper cable theft through the IoT
With global copper prices remaining high, cable theft within the rail industry is a problem that continues to damage rail operators leaving them and infrastructure owners with huge costs.
LED Use Saves Energy And Money But Increases Light Pollution
Even as the world is using more and more LED lights in a bid to reduce energy consumption, this switch to energy efficiency is turning out to have an unintended negative consequence: the increase in global light pollution.
Ocelots try to survive in a world that barely knows they exist
The elusive cats are among the rarest mammals in the Southwest, living a life of mystery in the borderland shadows as their habitat disappears.
Too many humans. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
U.S. government warns businesses about cyber bug in Intel chips
Will it also tell people if they got duped by fake CIA accounts? -- RF
Unsealed Fusion GPS Bank Records Reveal $523K Payment From Russian Money Launderer
Unsealed court documents reveal that the firm behind the salacious 34-page Trump-Russia Dossier, Fusion GPS, was paid $523,000 by a Russian businessman convicted of tax fraud and money laundering, whose lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was a key figure in the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower arranged by Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone. In short, D.C. opposition research firm Fusion GPS is the common denominator linked to two schemes used to damage the Trump campaign.
Vulnerability Found In Amazon Key, Again Showing How Dumber Tech Is Often The Smarter Option
As with most things in the internet of things space, secure, smart door locks have traditionally been frequently shown to be neither. In fact, a recent study that looked at 16 different smart locks found twelve of them to be easily compromised.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Top Samantha Power Aide is Now Lobbying to Undermine Opponents of Yemen War
How US Tries to Link Iran to Al Qaeda
The U.S. propaganda campaign against Iran has tried to tie it somehow to Al Qaeda, including exploitation of a newly released document, but a close reading shows a very different story

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
45 Pennsylvania teachers resign due to student violence
China is pumping a lot of cash into its economy to calm investors

## UK ##
Moped gangs terrorize London in about 50,000 crimes per year, police say
The UK's future economic storm just got worse
Britons should better get used to austerity.
Budget 2017: Stagnant earnings forecast 'astonishing'
The prediction that average UK earnings in 2022 could still be less than in 2008 is "astonishing", according to an independent economic think tank.
"The price of scrap metal is going through the roof, and people are being incentivised to actually go and sell these again."

## US ##

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