Sunday, April 08, 2018


News Links, April 9, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Super skyscraper completions to rise 60% in 2018
China leads in constructing ultra high-rise buildings, but market is set to cool
Drone photos reveal the abandoned homes left by Spain's housing crash
Mekong River leaders grow hushed on hydropower fears at summit
China's Belt and Road money floods environmental concerns over dam construction
Even without war, famine, and other factors that will likely cause substantial reductions in the world population in the near future, net energy decline guarantees falling birth rates and populations. -- RF
India's central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies on local exchanges.
From reservation agents to gate agents and the onboard experience, airlines have raced to the bottom on customer satisfaction indices.
Foreign repair stations have less Federal Aviation Administration oversight than domestic repair stations as well as lesser standards for worker qualifications and licensing, the report said.
10 years of airline consolidation
After Crown Prince Recognizes Israel's Right to Exist, Saudi King Reiterates Support for Palestinians
King Salman calls for Jerusalem to be capital of Palestine and a renewed peace process after Israeli security forces killed 16 Palestinians last week during a demonstration along the Israel-Gaza border
War Proponents, Democrats Included, Want Trump to Hit Syria
With not an ounce of evidence the world once again points a finger at Syria.
Labor trafficking of migrants on the rise, Council of Europe
The number of trafficking victims forced into quasi slave labor is growing, according to anti-trafficking experts. A new report states that labor exploitation is a key factor driving migrant smuggling in several European countries .
U.S. attorney general renews calls to prosecute first-time border crossers
Like Iraq, Iran still has plenty of good conventional oil. That's why the West considers it imperative to replace Iran's current government with an America-friendly regime. 1953 redux? -- RF
Permian Oil Boom Threatens To Overtax Electrical Grid
The shale boom in the Permian where companies are intensively drilling while keeping costs low has led to an unprecedented electricity demand in West Texas, straining the grid as local utilities try to keep up with demand.

## Got food? ##
Hybrid 'mega-pest' could threaten crops across the globe, researchers warn
Two the planet's most damaging crop pests have combined, or hybridized, to form a new "mega-pest." The new threat is a product of a marriage between the cotton bollworm and corn earworm.
New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer
Researchers call for greater caution, but skeptics say the evidence from rat studies is not convincing
Second wave of flu season hits U.S.
How the Facebook fallout could hurt intel agencies
Social media is a ubiquitous part of our lives. And for many government analysts and investigators, a ubiquitous part of their work-flows.
As Banks Embrace Biometric Tracking of Customers, Cybertheft Explodes in Mexico
Criminal organizations in Mexico have branched out into a lucrative new market and revenue stream: big data.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The press release is riddled with falsehoods and jaw-dropping accusations which cannot possibly be based in fact since they were made mere hours after the allegations surfaced, long before any sort of investigation into them could have even begun, much less been completed.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Where's the "eco" in ecomodernism?
A techno-green future of limitless abundance sounds great, but it's totally unsustainable.
Very thought-provoking and sensible. I would just add that the greatest immediate danger of nuclear power is its requirement for offsite power from large-scale power grids. Grids are fragile, and will become more fragile and undependable as net energy decline proceeds. Which means that nuclear power plants are time bombs waiting to go off. -- RF
Lessons from Venezuela: 5 Things You Must Learn to DIY Before a Collapse
Why Systems Fail
Since failing systems are incapable of structural reform, collapse is the only way forward.
Those Pesky Declinists and Their Dangerous Ideas

## Japan ##
Interview with Jin Liqun, the first president and chairman of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. -- RF

## UK ##
Novi-Fog™ In Fleet Street - Truth Cut Off
Britain aims to resettle poisoned Russian ex-spy in the U.S. - Sunday Times
Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identities and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
But How Does Amazon Fit into the Jobs Report?
Which sectors created 2.2 million jobs in 12 months? Brick & mortar melts down. Governments shed jobs too, even information tech.
What a Hoot: Fed Chairman Powell Says "Growth Has Picked Up"
Yellen gets post-Fed payday in private meetings with Wall St. elite

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