Thursday, March 15, 2018


News Links, March 16, 2018

Debt-ridden Canadians would owe even more money if it wasn't for Ottawa, says Bank of Canada
LEAKED: Trump's Next Shoe to Drop on US-China Trade
Bullish On Oil Because of Trump? Don't Be!
Some are bullish on oil because Trump threatens to kill the deal with Iran. It's faulty thinking. Way faulty.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Toys 'R' Us plans to close all U.S. stores; 33,000 jobs at risk: source

## War on cash/cashless society ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pentagon still backs Iran nuclear deal: general
The key to initiating improvements in the Mideast situation is the imposition of concerted international sanctions on Israel to make that state give up its nuclear arsenal. -- RF
Trump touting 'space force' puts Air Force in awkward spot
Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia
How Oil Drives The South China Sea Conflict
Indian Army says its equipment is obsolete and not ready for war
Russia to speed up S-400 deliveries to Turkey – Lavrov
Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact
Sri Lanka's silent port reveals China's ever tighter grip
Trump Promotes Longtime Russia Hawk Just as Russiagate Loses Momentum
The fact-free and logic-challenged allegations of Trump-Russia collusion have further lost credibility with the appointment of a virulently anti-Russia hawk to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Venezuela urged to save itself by becoming a U.S. colony
Pentagon Tells Leaders to Talk More With Contractors — and Less to the Public and Press

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protest over infrastructure turns violent in Panama's Colon

## Energy/resources ##
Add in all you want. Renewables can't support industrial society. -- RF
This could be a very big problem, but it doesn't really matter, because the biggest challenge is maintaining the copious energy flows needed to prop up the entire industrial system. -- RF
Crisis-hit Venezuela could soon tip the oil market 'decisively into deficit,' IEA says

## Got food? ##
Farmers' long march to Mumbai reflects India's agrarian crisis
Protests this week were a long time in the making. Pressure on rural communities is killing farmers and the situation has worsened in recent years

## Environment/health ##
U.S. healthcare spending twice as high other high-income nations
How about if we just stop killing real bees? -- RF
There's a new, proposed backdoor to our data, which would bypass our Fourth Amendment protections to communications privacy. It is built into a dangerous bill called the CLOUD Act, which would allow police at home and abroad to seize cross-border data without following the privacy rules where the data is stored.
Intel Committee Rejects Basic Underpinning of Russiagate
The assumption underpinning Russiagate – that Vladimir Putin preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton – is not supported by the facts, according to "Initial Findings" of the House Intelligence Committee.
Of course it might be true, although one can never be sure of statements from the government and media. But before telling the Russians to "change their behavior," the US needs to change its own behavior. As the world's champion meddler and hacker, Uncle Sam needs to clean up his own act first. Isn't that what real patriots would want? -- RF
Xi Jinping takes leading role in hit propaganda film extolling 'amazing' China
Documentary rides wave of nationalistic films inspired by Western-style techniques, but compulsory screenings may have played a part in its success

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
McDonald's workers quitting in droves over 'complicated' technology, new menu items
Employees are handling more tasks, in many cases, they say, without pay raises or adequate staffing, and they're getting fed up
Checking In on the Four Intersecting Cycles
If you think this is a robust, resilient, stable system, please check your Ibogaine / Hopium / Delusionol intake.
It could just as well spontaneously start from within the US itself. -- RF
'One leak and we'll all drown': top Chinese lawmaker raises alarm over river of local government debt
NPC Standing Committee member says liabilities have been hidden and vastly underestimated
China's economy leans on exports as consumer spending slows
Weak real estate market hurts consumption while US trade frictions mount
Is Beijing planning to take Taiwan back ... by force?
The mainland is refining the tactics that could pave the way for a forcible seizure of the self-ruled island, according to a senior adviser

## UK ##
Read it here. You won't see any of this in the Western mainstream media. -- RF

## US ##
U.S. February budget report shows first sign of wider deficits to come
Trump eyes tariffs on up to $60 billion Chinese goods; tech, telecoms, apparel targeted
Confidence? Retail Sales Down Third Month
Citing "consumer confidence", economists expected retail sales to bounce 0.4%. Instead, sales fell for the 3rd month.
Consumer Spending Projections
Every month the NY Fed surveys consumers as to what they will spend in the upcoming year. The Downtrend is still intact.
Torture-Tainted CIA and State Nominees Recall Failure to Prosecute Bush-Era Abuses
The declining human rights standards on display with the Haspel and Pompeo nominations are the latest in a long line of policy failures that include the Obama administration's lack of prosecutions of Bush-era torture.
The intrusion of the law enforcement branch that works closest with the president would give elections the appearance that Secret Service agents are there to prevent voters from voting for the wrong person.
Still working on that transformation into a banana republic. -- RF

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