Tuesday, December 05, 2017

 

News Links, December 6, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Venezuela is launching a cryptocurrency backed by oil, gas, gold and diamonds
The U.S. Economy Is Finally Living Up to Lowered Expectations
Output has reached potential—but only because estimated potential has come down.
It's Not Really About Bitcoin Price Surging, It's Fiat Currencies In Free Fall
Stock Market 2018: The Tao vs. Central Banks

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Houthi Forces Kill Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh
But the Times said a research team looking at evidence in photos and videos now believes those early reports were wrong and that "the missile's warhead flew unimpeded over Saudi defenses and nearly hit its target, Riyadh airport. The warhead detonated so close to the domestic terminal that customers jumped out of their seats."
Apparent Election Theft in Honduras
In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excused a coup in Honduras to stop a possible second term by a progressive president, but the U.S. now sits by as a right-wing president steals a second term.
Germany Offers Migrants $3,500 To Leave Voluntarily
Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
"African exodus of biblical proportions impossible to stop"

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras

## Energy/resources ##
Natural gas crunch in northern China leaves hospitals, schools out in the cold
Demand for cleaner fuel soars as winter arrives, but region's supply network is failing to keep pace
Such problems are always framed as insufficient supply, not too many humans. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Eating Healthy [sic] Is Good For Earth's Environment, Not Just For You
Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer
Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas lawmakers from banning the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.

## Environment/health ##
US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies
Technology could be used to wipe out malaria carrying mosquitos or other pests but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban
UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt
More drivel from a brain-dead growth advocate who thinks we don't have enough humans. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Google, HuffPo, Greenpeace & the liberal progressive 'Resistance' are lying to you
Russia Declares 9 Media Entities "Foreign Agents," Bans Them From Parliament

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How Russia-gate Rationalizes Censorship
Special Report: The Russia-gate hysteria has spread beyond simply a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or even removing him from office into an excuse for stifling U.S. dissent that challenges the New Cold War.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Computer outages at hospitals, health centres 'highest priority,' says SNB
Computer outages at hospitals and health-care centres across the province that have forced staff to revert to paper files, cancel some services and turn some patients away have been escalated to Service New Brunswick's "highest priority," says a spokesperson.

The absorption of Japan by China continues. Reminds me of this article from a few months ago: Corporate China's 'red economic zone' envelops Japan. Geography trumps everything. Although almost everyone would deny it, the US hold over Japan will gradually weaken as that of China strengthens. -- RF
Imagine the influx of boat people to Japan from North Korea when it collapses. -- RF
Japan eyes air-to-surface missiles that would put North Korea in range
Strike capability could conflict with Tokyo's defense-only principle
A school in China that specialized in educating women on how to be "obedient" was closed for violating the socialist core values.
Last week, two major consuming provinces, Hebei and Shandong, warned of shortages and were forced to cut gas supplies to factories in a dramatic step that highlighted the country's insufficient infrastructure and domestic supplies.
Not only are there cyber scalpers when it comes to shows and concerts. Now there are "toy bots" that are scooping up all the hot toys and selling them on secondary websites at higher prices.
Modern-day predatory capitalism in all its glory. -- RF




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