Thursday, April 26, 2018


News Links, April 27, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Pension Gap Expected to Hit $400 Trillion: US Leads the Way
Emerging markets are starting to get restless with the U.S. about gold and the dollar's hegemony.

Remember: Governments will either control or prohibit cryptocurrencies. -- RF
One way or another, megacities are going to become battle zones. If not military forces, it'll be gangs. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Can blockchain and indoor farming help feed nine billion?
By 2050, the world's population may exceed nine billion people, 70% of which will be urban. Food production has to increase and blockchain may help
The short answer is no. Failure of power grids and the internet are inevitable. And it's absurd to predict a population of 9 billion by 2050. Instead, we should get ready for increasingly hard times. -- RF
EWG's 2018 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists (and Why "Experts" Are Telling Us to Ignore Them)
Farmed Salmon Contaminated With Synthetic Tire Chemical

## Solutions ##
An Urban Survival Course with Selco: Noise, Light, and Your Mind Playing Tricks

## Environment/health ##
Plastics Pollution Policies– "Bold" or Pathetic?
Accusing Russia and Listening to History
Even recent history is conveniently forgotten when it comes to blaming Russia for just about everything.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Tanzania gives bloggers 2 weeks to register, pay hefty $900 fee
Donald Trump's attacks on journalists one of the 'major threats to press freedom' along with Russia and China
US leader accused of fuelling growing climate of hatred towards free reporting, while Xi Jinping is accused of pushing China closer to totalitarianism
Blocked By Facebook and the Vulnerability of New Media (Craig Murray)
This site's visitor numbers are currently around one third normal levels, stuck at around 20,000 unique visitors per day. The cause is not hard to find. Normally over half of our visitors arrive via Facebook. These last few days, virtually nothing has come from Facebook.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
From wood to fossil fueled civilizations — the greatest tragedy mankind will ever know
Too many humans, among other problems. -- RF

## Japan ##
Russian ambassador: Japan-US alliance a hindrance
Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin has suggested the Japan-US alliance is a hindrance to the development of his country's ties with Japan. He said it is impossible to look away from the reality that US policies are unfriendly to Russia.
Bank of Japan's QE strategy is failing

## UK ##
More than 50,000 people homeless in B&Bs across UK - almost 10 times official figures
UK Bank's Tech Chaos Is Blocking Customers from Their Funds
Britain steps up battle against loan sharks

## US ##
Scarier than Bolton? Think Nikki for President
Nikki Haley is America's face to the international community. She is the Ugly American personified, thinking that American Exceptionalism gives her license to say and do whatever she wants at the United Nations.
This is just how desperate Americans are for a raise
Although a number of factors can be identified, this is mainly a matter of net energy decline. In developed societies it takes a lot of energy to raise a child, and net energy decline makes that energy increasingly expensive. -- RF
"Democracy" in action. -- RF
The Democratic Party's War History and the AUMF of 2018
If there's any surprise that Senate Democrats, most virtually indistinguishable from pro-war Republicans, are about to coalesce in support of the newest version of the AUMF [Authority for the Use of Military Force], then you have seriously not been paying attention.

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