Sunday, April 29, 2018


News Links, April 30, 2018

Posting will be light over the next week or two because of rice planting. -- RF

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Deutsche: Is The US Headed For An Imminent Debt Crisis? Here Are The Signs
The Blowback Against Facebook, Google and Amazon Is Just Beginning
And the US Dollar? Fed's relentless rate hikes and accelerating QE unwind take effect.
Sri Lanka's currency suffers as debt trap deepens
China-financed infrastructure projects put country in vicious cycle

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Pentagon is poised to send the LCS to thwart narcos

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Deadly violence erupts again in Gaza at Israeli border fence
Barring a miraculous advance in energy storage technology New England's electricity sector also has essentially zero chance of ever going 100% renewable.
This is a good read. You can see net energy decline in action. Industrial civilization is hitting the skids. -- RF

## Solutions ##
Is the CEO obsolete? A look the emerging organization

## Environment/health ##
The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted
Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected
Dead zone in the Arabian Sea is getting bigger, underwater robots confirm
Dark chocolate can improve stress, mood, memory and immunity, studies claim

Probable Western Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning
Turning on Russia
In this first of a two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould trace the origins of the neoconservative targeting of Russia.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
'No Attack, No Victims, No Chemical Weapons': Douma Witnesses Testify to OPCW in The Hague
Multiple witness and participants in the White Helmets video testified of a 'staged' gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, as well as how the online video productions supplied to western governments and media were part of the same "provocation" that Moscow had warned about in advance.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Brazil to close half of its 'peace police' units in Rio

## Japan ##
The radiation dispersed into the environment by the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan has exceeded that of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the "second worst" nuclear power disaster in history.
BOJ abandons target date for achieving 2% inflation

## China ##
'Forget the Facebook leak': China is mining data directly from workers' brains on an industrial scale
Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees on the production line, the military and at the helm of high-speed trains
China law would criminalize attacks on revolutionary heroes
Shake your head and laugh. But look how official narratives in Western countries are being enforced. -- RF
ZTE's less-known roots: Chinese tech company falls from grace
Transparent image masks large military-linked corporate background

## UK ##
Cost of dismantling North Sea oil and gas likely to be double government target
New report suggests future generations will face tax bill of £3,000 each to shut down existing fossil fuel infrastructure

## US ##
U.S. Exports Nearly All Gold Mine Supply To Hong Kong

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