Sunday, January 14, 2018


News Links, January 15, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Belt and Road-branded corporate bonds fuel China's big ambitions

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Venezuela To Pre-Mine Petro For Release In 6-Weeks

## Airline death spiral ##
Citing fire risk, smart luggage with lithium batteries are facing new travel restrictions
Starting Monday, many airlines around the world begin enforcing a new rule that forbids passengers from checking or carrying on "smart luggage" with non-removable lithium batteries.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Venezuelans Are Rioting Over Food Shortages

## Energy/resources ##
A major theme of the conference is sustainable energy – and the math indeed makes it clear that to fully transition to a green economy, we'll need vast amounts of metals like copper, silicon, aluminum, lithium, cobalt, rare earths, and silver.
Considering the mammoth scale of industrial civilization and the overwhelming size of the human population — all of whom want to live the good life — this has fearsome implications for the planet. Of course the goal of running the current global economy entirely on renewables will never be attained. -- RF
Don't get your expectations too high. Building up "algae power" to a scale commensurate with that of industrial civilization would require a staggering amount of resources (for the equipment) and land. -- RF
Electric cars will fail, but we'll build them anyway, say global auto execs: KPMG
Juxtaposed against a growing electric-vehicle market in China and increasingly stringent global carbon-emission limits, a survey by KPMG has revealed a majority of global auto executives believe electric vehicles are a fool's errand.

## Got food? ##
Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Lawmakers want to know what happened with failed spy satellite
France to vet takeovers of firms in data and artificial intelligence
The French government aims to broaden its powers to block foreign takeovers of French companies deemed as strategic, to also include firms involved in data protection and artificial intelligence ('AI'), the finance minister said on Friday.
Craig Murray points out that under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the UK government is in the wrong in refusing to accredit Julian Assange as a diplomat of Ecuador. -- RF
You don't have to waste any time reading this. It's just an example of how made-up stories become Gospel truth through repetition. The claim that Russians hacked the DNC is demonstrably false. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Public broadcasters in Asia under fire from all sides
TV stations risk caving in to heavy-handed governments, alienating viewers
For The Second Time In A Week, German Hate Speech Laws Results In Deletion Of Innocent Speech

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Seneca Effect: a Book Review

## Japan ##
Japan to tighten refugee screening system starting next week
The government said Friday it will introduce a stricter refugee screening system next week as a surge in the number of applicants believed to be seeking employment rather than protection has put the process under strain.
Prestigious Japanese dictionary defines Taiwan as Chinese province
But more households complained they were worse off than a year ago as rising prices forced them to boost spending, the survey found, underscoring the challenge policymakers face in driving up inflation without denting consumption.
Very noble, but you can't have both a global consumer society and a sustainable economy. -- RF

## China ##

## UK ##
BigBrotherWatch – The Surveillance State In 2018

## US ##
Corporations may dodge billions in U.S. taxes through new loophole: experts
Walmart Suddenly Shutters Numerous Sam's Clubs without Notice, 11,000 Jobs Impacted, Chaos Breaks out on Twitter
Numerous local radio stations in various cities across the US reported that Sam's Club is permanently closing stores in their cities, and without announcement. In a number of cases, employees showed up to work this morning and found the doors locked and a notice saying that the store would be closed.
The man who said he came to the aid of a woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a cold winter's night, says he was left outraged and stunned at how she was treated.

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