Tuesday, May 01, 2018


News Links, May 2, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Germany Retail Sales Unexpectedly Decline 4th Month, 7th Time in 9 Months
The hope of green growth is embedded everywhere, from the majority of domestic economic plans to major international policy schemes like the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. By uncritically supporting these policies, we are unwittingly perpetuating the neoliberal fantasy of infinite growth on a finite planet.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Coordinate efforts to realize a cashless society (Japan)

## Airline death spiral ##
Electric Planes Could Soon Be A Reality

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
John Bolton: 'Libya model' for North Korea under consideration
UN nuclear agency: 'No credible indications' of Iran nuclear activity after 2009
Benjamin Netanyahu is Once Again Trying to Push the U.S. Into a Disastrous War
North Korea to align with South's time zone as first practical step toward reconciliation
Kim initiates socialism with North Korean characteristics
Beijing's hopes for a Chinese-style reform will flop if leader teams with US
China flaunts North Korea ties with top diplomat's visit
Wang Yi's trip comes just ahead of US trade delegation to Beijing

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Paper plane protesters urge Russia to unblock Telegram app

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Live in the EU? Facebook is after your face data (again)
Where They Tell You Not to Look
At the very beginning of the of the Skripal incident, the security services blocked by D(SMA) notice any media mention of Pablo Miller and told the media not to look at Orbis and the Steele dossier on Trump, acting immediately to get out their message via trusties in the BBC and Guardian.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Cosby Status Quo: A Facade of Wholesomeness Masks Feudal Exploitation
In America's feudal society/economy, there are two systems of "justice".
That Collapse You Ordered…?

Morning rush hours during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be so congested that changing trains at major stations will be impossible unless regular commuters change their routines, according to an expert's prediction.

## China ##
China's Oil Futures Are Gaining Momentum
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit North Korea this week
Diplomat's trip comes in wake of the summit between North and South Korea and suggestions that China may be left out of talks to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons
Abandoned America: Churches in states of decay
Update on the Most Splendid Rental Bubbles & Crashes in the US
Chicago rents collapse, New York's swoon, Southern California's boom. And the US average hides all the drama on the ground.

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