Tuesday, February 13, 2018


News Links, February 14, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US Debt To Hit $30 Trillion In 2028 Under Trump Budget

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Chinese traders' key link to cryptocurrency market in trouble
In yet another blow to the cryptocurrency market, Tether, a token often used by Chinese investors to circumvent strict restrictions on trading, has come under official scrutiny in the U.S.
Southwest (NYSE: LUV) abruptly cancelled more than 250 flights yesterday as the carrier grappled with a shortage of de-icing fluid and de-icing equipment malfunctions.
Last year there were 985 incidents of passengers disrupting flights or misbehaving at Schiphol airport, the AD said on Monday. This is more than double the number of incidents recorded in 2010, the paper said. The situation is so serious that the safety of other passengers is under threat, the Netherlands' aviation public prosecution chief Frances Schlingemann told the paper.
Delayed American Airlines flight leaves passengers angry, sleeping on airport floor
Airline blames passengers after emergency exit door falls off plane during landing
Maldives faces Chinese 'land grab' over unpayable debts, ex-leader warns
Massive debts threaten to force the Maldives to cede territory to China as early as 2019, former President Mohamed Nasheed said, warning that a flawed presidential election this year would lead to a Chinese takeover of the island nation.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Police calm 'mob' at Des Moines airport after 12-hour delay

## Energy/resources ##
The population is growing faster than storage. Since 1995 the city's population has grown 55%, from about 2.4-million to an expected 4.3-million in 2018. Over the same period dam storage has increased by only 15%.
Too many humans. -- RF
The Earth's ozone shield continues to thin across much of the planet, scientists have discovered. With the decline sited over some of the most populous places on Earth, this decrease could be even more damaging than the Antarctic hole.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
'Olympic Destroyer' malware targeted Pyeongchang Games: firms
U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation
A top watchdog investigated 190 cases of alleged retaliation against whistleblowers—and found that intelligence bureaucrats only once ruled in favor of the whistleblower.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Why Are European Governments So Terrified of 'Fake News'?
Dutch FM Admits He Lied About Putin's 'Greater Russia' Plot
Halbe Zijlstra, the Netherlands' Foreign Minister, caused quite a stir a couple of years ago with claims about having secretly overheard Russian President Vladimir Putin talking about creating a "greater Russia." He caused an even bigger stir Monday, admitting he made the whole thing up.

## Japan ##

## China ##
The kinds of jobs they aim to create are energy-intensive, like those in Japan and Western countries. How successful the attempt turns out to be depends largely on how much energy China can scrape together. -- RF
Rising inequality imperils China's push for 'quality' growth
Growing wealth gap also breeds public dissatisfaction toward government

## UK ##
Windsor council to impose fines on rough sleepers
Windsor council has been accused of punishing people for being homeless after plans emerged to fine rough sleepers £100 as part of a new "homelessness support strategy".
National College for Nuclear launched
Interest rate rise would hit millions in UK who depend on cheap credit
Almost half of low-income families are believed to be in debt distress already

## US ##
Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life
They live in RVs and drive from one low-wage job to another

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