Thursday, February 08, 2018


News Links, February 9, 2018

Coincheck loot being turned into bitcoin
Tens of thousands of dollars in stolen NEM could now be cashed out

## Airline death spiral ##
Alaska Airlines plane turns back after passenger strips naked

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US looks to increase weapons exports to Vietnam, decrease Russian influence
The U.S. State Department wants to see Vietnam distance itself from Russian arms deals and buy more weapons from the United States, but experts say the cost and complication of American-made technologies could make that transition hard fought.
Who is Containing Whom?
"Containment" has long been a cornerstone of U.S. policy in dealing with countries that are seen as threats to U.S. interests, but today some countries are applying the same principle to the United States.
## Energy/resources ##
More on the real story behind shale oil. -- RF
The Shale Driller's Dilemma
The Shale Boom Might Not Last Long
The wars for energy and water are just getting started! -- RF
Part of the problem is that consumers expect to eat things like strawberries in the dead of winter. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Your phone is like a spy in your pocket
Smartphones are packed with sensors that collect a lot of data on your comings and goings

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Syria's White Helmets Go Global

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Budget caps leave US Army with a choice: maintain or modernize, but not both
Wider duties may be behind frequent SDF aircraft accidents
Since the latest deadly crash of a Japanese Self-Defense Forces helicopter, speculation has spread that the wider range of duties and shortages of mechanics may be behind the frequent SDF aircraft accidents of recent years.
Mitsubishi Materials reports more product data falsification

## China ##
China's social security shortfall nears $100bn
Pension and health insurance funds require massive government assistance
How the state steals from those accused of crimes
Cops and prosecutors routinely steal cash from poor people accused of crimes
And finally...

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