Thursday, December 21, 2017

 

News Links, December 22, 2017

Happy winter solstice! On this day let us reflect upon our place in the biosphere, and try to understand why we are so violent, greedy, and self-destructive. -- RF

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pakistan examines Chinese proposal to replace dollar with yuan
Un-Merry Christmas: The Perverse Incentives to Over-Consume and Over-Spend
Isn't it obvious that if we set out to design the most perverse, toxic and doomed system possible, we'd end up with the Keynesian Cargo Cult's insane permanent growth/Landfill Economy?
Islamic finance is becoming so attractive that even non-Muslims want in
But remember that wherever the money comes from, it still just stands for energy. -- RF

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
DuPont lays off undisclosed number of Iowa workers

## Airline death spiral ##
For Christmas fliers, lumps of coal
Domestic air traffic growth may have peaked out (India)
Fuel still a wild card for airline profitability
Airlines' fuel bill is forecast to rise to $156 billion next year, representing 19.6 per cent of average operating costs, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
New international group will put pressure on North Korea, Tillerson says
Chinese Fighters Violate Taiwanese, Korean And Japanese Airspace
Pentagon Confirms 'Multiple' US Ground Operations in Yemen
Gene editing has gone from supervillain scheme to national security concern
"Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products," the report read.
Do they really think that "Western countries" aren't going to have lax regulatory standards or poor enforcement, or not weaponize such technology? Of course not. Saying so is just mouthing pieties. -- RF
Turkey Has The Most Jailed Journalists Worldwide
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a record 262 journalists are being held in prisons around the world.

## Migrants/refugees ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protestors Demand Kurdish Officials To Step Down
Breaking down acreage by use, the amount of land devoted to producing corn for ethanol would require a field the size of New York.
EU governments agree renewable energy targets for 2030

## Got food? ##

## Solutions ##
The Future of Urban Farming
This will become increasingly important as cities degenerate. -- RF


## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Other Side of the Post's Katharine Graham
Hollywood loves to make heroes of The Washington Post for the rare moments when it has stood up for journalism – while forgetting the blood-soaked cases of the Post spreading lies to justify wars.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?
Incredibly short-sighted, but just what one would expect of governments, which are confirmed in the Religion of Infinite Growth. As I've said before, when the food shortages come — a 100% probability — desperate people will unhesitatingly dismantle solar panel installations to liberate the land for farming. -- RF
Police mustn't dispose of assets owned by individuals who are under investigation or facing trial before they are convicted of business-related crimes such as embezzlement, bribery and fraud, according to a set of guidelines released Tuesday by the top prosecutor's office and the Ministry of Public Security.
As many established wind farms come to the end of their lives over the next decade, an accompanying policy statement said they will need to be "repowered" with new turbines and admitted that manufacturers are now building taller towers with greater blade tip heights.
Are you a "high net worth urban consumer"? -- RF
PG&E Suspends Dividends, "Uncertainty Related to Causes" of Bay Area Wildfires. Shares Plunge Further
California utility goes for "cash conservation." Investors, not just rate payers, to foot the bill.

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