Tuesday, April 17, 2018


News Links, April 18, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
IMF Says the Global Smartphone Boom Has Reached Its Peak
They'll have to hurry and find the next gimmick. -- RF

Bitcoin Tumbles After Mystery "Whale" Dumps $50 Million In One Trade

## Airline death spiral ##
Etihad's CEO says it's still business as usual at the airline
White House Denies France's Macron Persuaded Trump To Keep Boots On The Ground In Syria

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor's doubts over the chemical attack
Exclusive: Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis
Tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, vow not to aid government cyber attacks
Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global technology companies on Tuesday announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber attacks.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
What Do We Know About Syria? Next to Nothing
About the only "fact" the public knows with any verifiable certainty about Syria is that much of that nation is in ruins. Virtually everything else presented as "fact" is propaganda intended to serve one of the competing narratives or discredit one or more competing narratives.
Seriously: US: Russia Hacked The Evidence Of Chemical Attack In SyriaWe are now being told (and I assure you I am not making this up) that if the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons doesn't find evidence that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack  in Douma last week, it's because Russia hid the evidence.
British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Southwestern Hemisphere Is Sliding Towards Its Own "Arab Spring"
South and Central America are on a crash course for regional collapse and a geopolitical disaster which could drastically alter the political landscape of the Western Hemisphere and plunge the United States into dire crisis.

## Japan ##
Report: CIA agent met with Japanese officials in March
Detainees go on hunger strike at Ibaraki detention center
Foreigners held in a Japanese immigration detention centre have launched a hunger strike over the death of a detainee, drawing fresh attention to conditions under which they are held.
US senators introduce new war authorization with no expiration date
President Donald Trump would get broad authority to use force against terrorist groups, with no expiration date, under a new bipartisan proposal unveiled in the U.S. Senate on Monday.
Free money? I'll vote for that! It won't last long, so lap up the gravy while you can. -- RF
Everything points to what I say as true: America has a China-style one-party system. -- RF

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