Sunday, March 18, 2018


News Links, March 18, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
'Exhausted' Toys 'R' Us suppliers weigh options as huge retailer shuts
Doubling tarmac time limit among changes denounced by airline passenger rights advocates

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum
Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
Time for the US to end democracy promotion flim-flams
The U.S. has interfered — usually covertly — in more than 80 foreign elections since World War Two to boost its preferred candidates.
If Congress is so concerned about meddling in US affairs, then Israel should be their focus. The lack of attention to Israeli meddling just goes to show that Russiagate is simply part of a demonization campaign. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protest in Madrid after street vendor's death sparks clashes

## Energy/resources ##
Many rely entirely on supplies shipped in by tankers filled from giant borewells that have caused groundwater levels to plummet, sparking predictions Bangalore could be the first Indian city to run out of water.
What's happening to demand? -- RF
Say what? You thought that shale drilling was always profitable? Well, don't get excited. There are a lot of ifs here. And nothing has fundamentally changed; shale oil is still junk energy. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Bottled Water, Brought to You by Fracking?
The new Food & Water Watch report Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water details the deceit and trickery of the bottled water industry. Here's one more angle to consider: The bottled water business is closely tied to fracking.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
While Iran acted absolutely responsibly in cooperating with the OPCW, there are a handful of rogue states operating outwith the rule of international law, like Israel and North Korea, which refuse to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, join the OPCW or destroy their chemical weapons stocks.
Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users: reports
From intelligence agencies to marketing firms, I would imagine that many parties are busy harvesting personal information from social media to populate their databases. -- RF
Unsurprisingly, Julian Assange wasn't too broken up about Lamo's death, tweeting "Coroner says serial FBI snitch Adrian Lamo is dead. Lamo, a fake journalist, petty conman & betrayer of basic human decency, promised alleged source @xychelsea journalistic protection, friendship and support, then sold him to the FBI."
The more you examine the UK government's story, the less sense it makes. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Acceptable Bigotry and Scapegoating of Russia
As the situation in the US continues to deteriorate, Russia will be increasingly "in demand" as the scapegoat on which to blame America's problems. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
America's Growing 'Guard Labor' Force
Many large urban areas in the U.S. now have more "guard labor" than teachers.

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