Sunday, April 15, 2018


News Links, April 16, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
China to seek Japan's cooperation against U.S. tariffs, sources say
Why no sanctions on the US for aiding Saudi Arabia? -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump Attacks Syria With Chemical Experts on the Way
President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred.
Proof? We don't need no stinkin' proof! Agenda is pre-set, information is twisted to support narrative. -- RF
Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian
U.N. Security council fails to adopt Russian resolution on Syria
The United Nations Security Council failed to adopted a Russian-drafted resolution on Saturday that would have condemned "the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the U.S. and its allies in violation of international law and the U.N. Charter."
US calls for additional sanctions on Venezuela
Pence urged the extra measures as he met with Venezuelan opposition figures in Lima who called for more sanctions and "intervention" in their crisis-hit country.
But don't call it meddling. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
Russia warns 'new waves of migrants to Europe' would follow intervention in Syria
Intervention "can only gratify those who are protected by an ocean," [Lavrov] added, in an apparent swipe at the US, which has been spared the burden of dealing with refugees from conflict zones in the Middle East, despite its own military's involvement in the region's various crises.
Rohingya crisis highlights blockchain data issues
Blockchain-based biometric initiatives are working to give refugees identities. But are we aware of any unintended consequences of these  growing databases?

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands rally against Japan's PM Shinzo Abe
More than 50,0000 protesters gathered at a rally in Tokyo Saturday, angered about scandals surrounding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Russians protest garbage dumps blighting Moscow region

From a purely energy-related perspective, diluting high-energy-density petroleum fuels with low-energy-density biofuels never made sense. Biofuels can't support industrial society, so their use just aggravates the situation. -- RF
The title sounds promising, but digging into the details shows that the oil industry is still dangerously low on capex. Much more spending is needed if we are to continue using oil. -- RF
Nukes of Hazard
There's something wrong with every source of energy. How do our nuclear nightmares compare?
Loss of offsite power is mentioned only in passing, despite its inevitability and great danger. Sooner or later, grids will fail for one reason or another. That's why all nuclear power plants are ticking time bombs. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Dangerous climate tipping point is 'about a century ahead of schedule' warns scientist
A slowing Gulf Stream system means catastrophic East Coast flooding will get much worse.
Los Angeles painting city streets white in bid to combat climate change
While each coating could can last up to seven years, they are also pricey, with the estimated cost of $40,000 per mile.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law
It was a sad spectacle to see U.S. brass rubbishing the Constitution and trying to silence critics of the U.S. strike on Syria, says Ray McGovern in this commentary.
Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has received a document from a Swiss lab that analyzed the samples in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy, which points at a Western-designed nerve agent as a likely cause.
But there will be a day when we will be forced to surrender our data to get health insurance, drive a car, or have a refrigerator and a thermostat in the house. This is where this is going. Why? Because data is where the money is.

For a report dealing specifically with Pearl Harbor, see this paper (PDF). -- RF
Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That's Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria
Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the Syria Campaign leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government.

## Japan ##
Cities of the future could be a forest of 'Plyscrapers'
Tokyo's planned 1,148-foot timber tower is just the latest project to use wood as it becomes the material of choice for architects
Such heavy use of wood means that the world's remaining forests will be chopped down all the sooner. Considering the highly overpopulated state of the planet and the fact that forests are already under siege, using more wood doesn't mean that industrial society is getting "greener," especially because high-rise buildings themselves are unsustainable. -- RF
A recent report claimed that British roads were suffering from a £9.3bn repairs backlog, with more than 24,000 miles of streets in need of urgent maintenance in the next year alone.

## US ##
Little doubt about that. But his prescription can't possibly work. Unfortunately, politicians and economists do not understand that net energy decline is dragging down the economy. -- RF
Donald Trump Ordered Syria Strike Based on a Secret Legal Justification Even Congress Can't See
More Carmageddon at GM, Cuts Shift in Ohio, 1,500 Layoffs, as Cruze Sales Plunge. Production in Mexico Started in 2015
Like Fukushima, it is unlikely that cleanup will ever be properly completed. Nuclear technology: the gift that keeps on giving. -- RF
"War" and "pensions" are conceptually about as different as it's possible to be. But – in a measure of how far into Crazy Town we've wandered – they're both taking the world in the same direction. If a Middle East (or Asian!) war doesn't spike oil prices and push the global economy into recession, then pensions will probably produce the same end result.

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