Thursday, May 17, 2018


News Links, May 18, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Iraqis protest in Kirkuk over alleged voting fraud

## Energy/resources ##
Total says it will have to leave Iran without sanctions waivers
The French supermajor said it's spent about $47 million to date on Phase 11 of the South Pars gas field, among the biggest in the world.

## Got food? ##

## Solutions ##
Time To Choose: Will you be an agent of depletion or regeneration?
What You MUST Know About SHTF Medicine

## Environment/health ##
U.S. Healthcare Isn't Broken--It's Fixed
Healthcare/sickcare will bankrupt the nation by itself.
Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome 'at safe levels', study claims
Study on rats said to show that the chemical, found in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, poses 'a significant public health concern'
New pig virus could pose threat to people
Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists
CFCs have been outlawed for years but researchers have detected new production somewhere in east Asia

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.
Ecuador's former president defends spy operation to protect Julian Assange
Rafael Correa criticized the Guardian's story, which has prompted debate about Ecuador's spending on the WikiLeaks founder
A new law that gives the police special powers during terrorist attacks, including widely banning journalists and members of the public from reporting on the scene, took effect in Singapore on Wednesday.
Just imagine what will happen when the food shortages come. -- RF
Ultimately, net energy decline underlies the factors proposed in the article. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan's economy shrinks in January-March quarter

## China ##
China says military exercises intended to threaten Taiwan
Drills, including air encirclement patrols, are a warning to Taiwan not to move towards declaring independence, says Beijing official

I don't know about "fighting terrorism," but $2.8 trillion is a lot of money. Clearly this is unsustainable. -- RF
And the reason is "failure to correct system deficiencies." Got that? -- RF
Beyond the Flint tragedy: Contaminated drinking water is everywhere in America
Agricultural runoff is poorly regulated and turning many waterways across the country into dangerous cesspools
The first comprehensive study of CEO-to-worker pay reveals an extraordinary disparity – with the highest gap approaching 5,000 to 1

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