Sunday, November 26, 2017


News Links, November 27, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Jeff Bezos's Net Worth Just Broke $100 Billion
The Problem Isn't Populism: the Problem Is the Status Quo Has Failed
The top 5% who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom 95%.
This latest case reflects the growing concern over the security of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum amidst their growing popularity as a mode of payment.
Spain's Third Biggest Bank Just Made it Harder to Get Cash
War on Cash bogs down, despite best efforts of government, banks, and credit card companies.
Europeans Still Love Paying Cash, Even if They Don't Know It

## Airline death spiral ##
China has flown its first flight to the US powered partly by used cooking oil
Given the scale of the global airline industry, fuel from used cooking oil will never amount to much. -- RF
Chinese airlines court Cathay pilots facing pay squeeze
Chinese airlines are circling disaffected pilots at Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways, offering sky-high salaries to fill a shortage of experienced captains in a rapidly expanding aviation industry.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran's navy: Warships to be deployed to Gulf of Mexico
Iran's new naval commander vowed to send a warship to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, a move that could raise concerns in Washington.
And I would imagine that the presence of US warships in the Persian Gulf raises concerns in Tehran. -- RF
Rise of the killer machines
As Asia's militaries deploy more lethal automated weapons systems, fears are growing of a new artificial intelligence driven arms race
But it's not only the Russians standing in the way of regulation. Read on. -- RF
The Dark Inevitability of Zionism
Among the growing assaults on freedom of speech is an Israeli-driven campaign to criminalize a campaign to boycott Israel over its racist persecution of Palestinians.
Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'

## Migrants/refugees ##
Europe's Plan to Close Its Sea Borders Relies on Libya's Coast Guard Doing Its Dirty Work, Abusing Migrants

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike
Islamist protesters clash with Pakistan police for second day

## Energy/resources ##
Tesla's Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries
Elon Musk touted ranges and charging times that don't compute with the current physics and economics of batteries.
The Fight for Northern Iraq's remaining oil
On a cost per mile per adjusted payload basis, we estimate that Tesla truck's cost of operation will be well over $2 per mile. As much as 30% higher operating cost than comparable diesel trucks.
How long before they are burning Picassos? -- RF

## Got food? ##
Monsanto says Mexico revokes permit to market GMO soy in seven states
Climate Change Is Coming for Your Pumpkin Pie
Unusual weather conditions could cause an entire national crop to fail.
Can biodynamic farming solve India's agricultural woes?
"On Friday, we filled 20 dump trucks of 13 cubic meters (460 cubic feet) each, and it made almost no difference," Ricardo Alvarado, mayor of the Honduran coastal town Omoa, told AFP. "We are even finding bags holding blood" from hospitals.
Addictions: Social Media & Mobile Phones Fall From Grace
Identifying social media and mobile phones as addictive is only the first step in a much more complex investigation.
Facial recognition is tracking customers as they shop in stores, tech company says
Retailers and malls are installing technology to track customers and collect data about consumer demographics, an IT company says
Staggering Variety of Clandestine Trackers Found In Popular Android Apps
Researchers at Yale Privacy Lab and French nonprofit Exodus Privacy have documented the proliferation of tracking software on smartphones, finding that weather, flashlight, rideshare, and dating apps, among others, are infested with dozens of different types of trackers collecting vast amounts of information to better target advertising.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newsweek causes stir by reporting 'Japan wants war' with North Korea
Japan loses appeal as regional airline hub
US airlines bypass Narita for airports in China and South Korea
They plan to finish the project and have it running in 10 years, but this alone will take three years. I stick with my prediction that it won't be finished by then, if at all. -- RF
Japan to enhance control over privately owned land on remote islands
The government will soon consider steps to enhance control over all privately owned land on remote islands to bolster national security and protect resources within Japan's territorial waters.
Fukushima 'ice wall' linchpin not living up to high hopes
Although 34.5 billion yen ($309 million) in taxpayer money has funded an "ice wall" to keep out groundwater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant site, the frozen barrier may not be meeting hopes and expectations.
PLA faces enlistment crunch with fewer young Chinese
The country has fewer youngsters who can enter the labor market and a demographic slump that could force the PLA to get tougher on conscription
Women having fewer children than at any time in history, statistics show
Average family sizes have been decreasing in England and Wales since the 1930s according to the numbers published by the Office for National Statistics
For now, self-driving cars are not ready for consumers, and sales of the battery-powered vehicles demanded by California regulators remain marginal and money-losing. Profits are generated by gasoline-fueled sport utility vehicles and trucks.

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