Tuesday, April 10, 2018


News Links, April 11, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
U.S. Deficit to Surpass $1 Trillion Two Years Ahead of Estimates, CBO Says
Were Trade Wars Inevitable?
Trade in which mobile capital is the comparative advantage is a system of Neocolonial exploitation of developing-world nations.
More migrant workers needed to offset ageing population, says IMF
The International Monetary Fund has said advanced economies such as Britain, the US and Japan risk being overwhelmed by their ageing populations, and calls on them to throw open their borders to more migrant workers in response.

Sleeper berths in airline cargo holds? That's the plan at Airbus

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
As Arctic waters open, nations plant their flags
Circle of Absurdity: Killing the Islamists We Create
The U.S. military remains mired in countless wars in the Greater Middle East. Ironically – and tragically – it tends to combat Islamists that Washington either armed or birthed.
Also features excellent video commentary by Tucker Carlson. Well worth your seven minutes to watch. -- RF
Iran says it can enrich uranium to 20 percent in days
President Rouhani says Iran's nuclear industry is advancing, but vows to stick with the 2015 deal with world powers.

"We say that we "matched" our energy usage because it's not yet possible to "power" a company of our scale by 100 percent renewable energy," Hölzle explained.
If Canada still had lots of good conventional crude left to pump, a super major like Conoco Phillips would not be drilling for this crap. The situation is getting desperate. -- RF
Also recall this article. -- RF
Facebook puts ads on pages illegally selling animal parts
Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth.
China black market demand for 'cocaine of the sea' pushes two marine species closer to extinction in Mexico
The lucrative black market for totoaba swim bladders - prized in Chinese traditional medicine - have turned the Gulf of California into a battleground

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Iraq War: In the beginning was the lie
On April 9, 2003, US soldiers toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Fifteen years later we know that this war cost hundreds of thousands of lives, plunged the Middle East into chaos — and was based on lies.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Operation Flailing Empire

## Japan ##
Japanese researchers have found more than 16 million tons of rare earth deposits, equivalent to a few hundred years of global consumption, under the seabed near Minami-Torishima, about 1,900km southeast of Tokyo.
Japan's finance ministry had proposed a cover story for land sale scandal: Official
Metal detectors to combat gold smuggling at Chubu airport
Nagoya Customs said Tuesday it has started using walk-through metal detectors at Chubu airport in Nagoya in the wake of a surge in gold smuggling.

## China ##
China bans exports to North Korea with potential dual use in weapons of mass destruction
China Eyes Yuan Devaluation in Trade Dispute
Finally, we have a story that makes retaliatory sense vs. the widely believed "nuclear" treasury dumping theory.
China is reportedly proposing a permanent military base in the South Pacific
Australia's Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, said no formal proposal had yet been made, but preliminary talks have been held about locating a full military base on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
Chap. 11 Bankruptcies Spike 63% from Year Ago
Highest level since April 2011. It's not just the Brick & Mortar Meltdown anymore.
From record cocaine seizures to hybrid war, Coast Guard missions on the rise
The Coast Guard is currently carrying out a record number of narcotics seizures, and at the same time developing plans for manufacturing three heavy polar icebreakers and one medium icebreaker to tackle rising maritime and security challenges in the Arctic.
Exponential Spike in Retail-Investor Bullishness Bites the Dust
A 39% plunge in three months. But the "Trump spike" was spectacular while it lasted.
Defaults of Retailers Hit "All-Time High" in Q1: Moody's
These are retailers that are large enough to be rated by Moody's and other ratings agencies. These are not small retailers but corporations that make up the core of the Brick-and-Mortar Meltdown.

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