Thursday, February 15, 2018

 

News Links, February 16, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
City of London financiers contemplate "imminent" 2018 US stock market crash of up to "50%"
Coming dramatic decline of US stock prices would trigger global recession, finds grim forecast to be explored at roundtable hosted by British financial services think-tank

Airlines Find Some Bad Habits Are Hard to Break
Look for carriers to continue a pattern of adding too much capacity, leading to fare wars and bankruptcies.
The next airline IT outage could happen at any time – are you prepared?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US, Germany likely home to new NATO commands
The United States and Germany have volunteered to host the two new commands being set up by NATO, part of a broader change in NATO's structure that could see over 1,000 new personnel added to the alliance headquarters staff.
Regime Change Fails: Is A Military Coup or Invasion of Venezuela Next?
The U.S. has employed all of its regime change tools in Venezuela and although so far they have failed, there is still a chance that a military attack is in store.
If this isn't meddling in the affairs of another country, I don't know what is. -- RF
Al Nusra, White Helmets may be plotting chemical weapons attack in Syria, military warns
Animosity Toward US Brings Turkey, Russia, and Iran Together for Summit on Syria
The leadership of Turkey, Iran, and Russia have all agreed to attend an upcoming summit in Istanbul on the topic of Syria, with the date for the meeting to be decided soon. Looming large over this is US relations.
Iraqi allies pledge $30B to rebuild country
Iraq needs $88.2 billion to rebuild in wake of war against ISIS, minister says

## Energy/resources ##
Philippines, China To work Out How To Tap Oil, Gas That Both Sides Claim
The Philippines and China have agreed to set up a special panel to work out how they can jointly explore oil and gas in part of the South China Sea that both sides lay claim without having to address the explosive issue of sovereignty.

No matter what government says this, it's all a bunch of slick sloganeering. When industrial civilization collapses and the human population is reduced to a fraction of its current size, we'll have "ecological civilization." -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
This sounds almost as silly as some of the preposterous Russia-gate nonsense and other cockamamie conspiracy theories coming out of Washington. -- RF
Maybe Better If You Don't Read This Story on Public WiFi
We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
New York Times Promotes White Capitalist View in South Africa
Why press freedom is at risk across Southeast Asia
News outlets from the Philippines to Myanmar face growing threats

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Ghosts of 1968
The hope of 1968 that public demonstrations can actually change the power structure has been lost.

## Japan ##
U.N. nuclear agency to help Japan for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Thursday that it will help Japan in "enhancing nuclear security measures" for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Japan Core Machine Orders Plummet 11.9% In December
A "near-Arctic" state? Governments come up with crazy and laughably absurd ideas to justify their land and resource grabs. -- RF

## US ##
How come we always hear about "Russian oligarchs" but not about the American pantheon? -- RF
Trump reportedly endorses 25-cent hike in gas tax to pay for infrastructure plan



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