Sunday, November 05, 2017


News Links, November 6, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Age of Easy Money Is Nearly Over

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Spain Just Lit a Fuse Under Catalonia — its Richest Region
The number one reason we don't shoot down North Korea's missiles is that we cannot.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Palestinians protest Balfour Declaration on 100th anniversary
Wind and solar energy—two leading renewable energy options—could possibly become a dangerous part of an energy mix as the world continues on a downward geopolitical slope. Both are intermittent and unreliable, and can only produce consistent energy under certain weather parameters, and neither, at this time, can be stored at scale. Renewable energy options are also tough on the environment because wind and solar energy requires large amounts of land compared to conventional, reliable fossil fuel energy.
Those who want to know more about the large land-area requirements for renewables should read Smil's Power Density. But there's a lot more meat in this article, so read it all. There's still no credible reason to believe that maintaining industrial/technological society on this scale with renewables is possible. However, it would be another mistake to believe that fossil fuels and nuclear are solutions. -- RF
U.S. exploration and production slowing down

## Got food? ##
Shakeup in Thai poultry industry as human health fears grow
Antimicrobial resistance could spread in Asia as meat-production surges
Asian farmers can't meet rising food demand: Rabobank
Asians may be getting wealthier, but their money may not be able to buy them all the food they need, as the region faces a lack of arable land and low agricultural productivity, according to Dutch cooperative lender Rabobank.

The prince would be more convincing if he'd stopped at two kids. -- RF
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
This is too funny for words. And of course the joke is on the American people. -- RF
Before retiring for the night, no doubt these people all check under their beds for Russians. -- RF
The Trumped-Up Syria-Sarin Case
As Israel threatens an expanded war against Syria and Lebanon, an emotional justification is the alleged April 4 sarin attack that was blamed on the Syrian government despite huge holes in the evidence.
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The bottom line is this: humans are now at the desperate phase of trying to keep the perpetual expansion model alive. These efforts are clearly failing, which we can detect in faltering ecosystems, slowing global growth, and immensely energy-intensive and environmentally-destructive efforts to get the remaining dregs out as fast as possible.
The End is Near...Depopulation is Out of Control...So Buy Stocks (Seriously)
Any way you look at it, collapse is in the cards. Resources, energy, people... Growth is dead. -- RF
That being said, the DoD's recent report mainly covers the costs of military operational costs, support for deployed troops, and transportation of personnel and equipment. It does not include the expense of veterans' benefits for troops who served in these wars. The cost of veterans' benefits alone is projected to be somewhere between $600 billion and $1 trillion.

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