Thursday, November 02, 2017


News Links, November 3, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why interest rates are defying Australian economists' inflation delusion
How US Debt Slaves Get Trapped by "Deferred Interest"
But over the next 2 months, they'll try to prop up US retailers and the entire global economy.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. pursues direct diplomacy with North Korea despite Trump rejection
Sounds like an occupation. -- RF
US General Says 4,000 American Troops Are in Syria
Pentagon Later Insists Official Figure Is Just 503
Israel Set to Block Palestinian Unity
As the Palestinians seek unity between their two rival factions, Israel stands ready to obstruct the process and thus maintain its complaint that the Palestinians remain divided.
Eight Catalonia Ministers Jailed, Madrid Seeks European Arrest Warrant for Catalan Leader
Spain, a country that supports a two-state solution in Palestine, detained eight Catalan ministers on trumped up charges of sedition. Prosecutors also seek an arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
Saudi women riled by robot with no hjiab and more rights than they have
Women in Saudi Arabia have scorned the government's decision to grant citizenship to a female robot who, unlike them, does not need a male guardian or have to cover her head in public.

## Energy/resources ##

Horticulture NZ warns fresh food shortages could be common in future
New Zealand's supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is falling short of demand and Horticulture New Zealand is warning there could be shortages of domestically grown food in the future.
Justice for bees: French court to look at pesticide ban
An environmental organisation has filed a lawsuit to ban sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that has fallen through the cracks of the ban on neonicotinoids.
In the latest study, scientists compared the environmental effects of cannabis cultivation, like habitat loss, deforestation and forest fragmentation, to those caused by timber operations.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Sorting Out the Russia Mess
The U.S. mainstream media finally has its "smoking gun" on Russia-gate — incriminating information from a junior Trump campaign adviser — but a closer look reveals serious problems with the "evidence."
Messaging app Slack is coming back online after suffering a worldwide service outage
In the wake of NYC terrorist attack, Trump says he's ordered increased 'Extreme Vetting'
America Has an Apex Predator Problem (on how Hillary Clinton took over the DNC)

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Here's How Much Hillary Clinton And The DNC Paid For The Trump Dossier
Blaming the Afghan War Failure on — Russia
Another part of the U.S. mainstream media's rash of Russia-bashing is to claim that Moscow is arming Afghanistan's Taliban, but again the evidence doesn't match the accusations.
What the Kennedy Assassination Records Reveal: Uncontrollable Incompetence
Imagine Harvey Weinstein wielding a "top secret" stamp to block any exposure of the uncomfortable truth and you have the FBI, CIA and NSA.
Democrats, Class and Russia-gate Magic
Stunned by the defection of working-class whites, many Democrats respond by calling these Trump voters "stupid" and hoping that Russia-gate will be the "deus ex machina" to restore Democratic power.
What's Driving Social Discord: Russian Social Media Meddling or Soaring Wealth/Power Inequality?
If you turned off the corporate media and social media for a week and asked yourself to identify the core causes of rising social discord, would you really think the Boris and Natasha Narrative was the dominant cause, or would you look at the greatest wealth/power inequality in the nation's history as having some causal connection to the rise of populism, social discord and a sense that we're less secure, less prosperous, less free and increasingly powerless in a nation dominated by elites slavishly served by a well-paid class of technocrat/ media enablers and enforcers?
Twitter's systems hid 48 percent of tweets using the #DNCLeak hashtag and 25 percent of tweets using #PodestaEmails.
The global war against journalists
Keep in mind that some journalists function as propaganda mouthpieces, not truth-tellers. Of course propaganda mouthpieces shouldn't be targeted with anything but exposure. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Pentagon Discloses New Quality Glitch on Lockheed's F-35 Jets
The Cruel, Topsy-Turvy Economics of Collapse
Contrary to common sense, we could experience booming GDP and stock market valuations all the way to society's imminent collapse.
The writer of the article misunderstands the problem. This has nothing to do with the shrinking population, which is a blessing. Despite population decline, Japan is still grossly overpopulated, and hence there are plenty of humans available to use the land. Homes and land are abandoned because government policy encourages such behavior. In the main, people will do whatever their governments' policies encourage. If the government wants people to live in their family homes and use their family farmland plots, it need only enact policies which reward people for doing so. -- RF

## US ##
U.S. to Exit Global Anti-Corruption Effort Aimed at Oil Cash
Puerto Rico faces cash shortfall after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico's struggling government warned on Tuesday that it will face a cash shortfall by the end of the year and will seek billions of dollars in additional federal funds to help it cope with the expenses caused by Hurricane Maria.
Luxury auto brands are scrambling to avoid a blue Christmas
When financial markets surge to new records, sales of luxury cars usually rise, too. Instead, October U.S. auto sales reports on Wednesday showed that a collapse in sales of luxury sedans is accelerating.
Americans Are Officially Freaking Out
Almost two-thirds say this is the lowest point in U.S. history—and it's keeping a lot of them up at night.
Cost of US Nuclear Arsenal Rehaul Continues to Surge, Now Estimated at $1.2 Trillion
Congressional Report: Nukes 'Unlikely to Be Affordable'

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