Sunday, May 27, 2018


News Links, May 28, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Financial Breakdown Continues: Economic Growth Chokes On Massive Debt Increases
The "Axis of Gold" Will Drive Gold Higher by the End of 2018
A major blind spot in U.S. strategic economic doctrine is the increasing use of physical gold by China, Russia, Iran, Turkey and others both to avoid the impact of U.S. sanctions and create an offensive counterweight to U.S. dominance of dollar payment systems.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Customers angry after National Australia Bank hit by technology outage
National Australia Bank on Saturday suffered what it described as a "nationwide outage" to some of its technology systems, leaving customers unable to access banking services or withdraw money.
The implications of such outages for the cashless society are clear. -- RF
Busking joins cashless society as musicians start using card readers (UK)
Bitcoin backlash as 'miners' suck up electricity, stress power grids in Central Washington

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Here's The Viral Interview Of Exiled Saudi Prince Calling For Regime Change In Riyadh
'Ehud Barak Gave the Order to Kill'
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak received an earful from protestors when he was in San Francisco recently to hawk his new book.

## Migrants/refugees ##
The feds lost — yes, lost — 1,475 migrant children

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anger toward Nicaraguan police grows after protester deaths

## Energy/resources ##
Once again, however, the planners have failed to recognize the prohibitive amounts of battery storage that will be required, and their plans are doomed to fail as a result.
For off-grid solar PV installations, the high cost of batteries is the biggest bottleneck.
Extreme Weather Causes Production Outages In Libya
A Libyan oil company has had to significantly reduce oil production at its fields because the hot weather has caused several turbines to stop working.
Chinese, Others Clamor For Crude Exports, But US Straining Capacity
The U.S. oil export infrastructure is straining to keep up as the country's crude oil exports hit new highs and China snaps up more of it than ever before.
It doesn't matter. Singapore's goose is cooked, anyway. -- RF

When people get hungry, the situation gets ugly. -- RF
Norwegian Salmon Prices Are Going Wild
That salmon and cream cheese bagel to get you through the mid-morning slump is fast becoming a luxury.
Rohingya crisis starves Myanmar's farms of workers
Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests
British microbiologists find that American technique at heart of Brexit trade row does not kill listeria and salmonella
Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts
The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'
Apple sees steep increase in U.S. national security requests
Apple Inc on Friday issued its twice yearly transparency report on government data requests, showing another sharp increase in U.S. national security-related requests.
These are the unanswered questions that still remain after Yulia Skripal's shock reappearance
Sowing confusion is often seen as a typically Russian technique to blindside and divert the enemy. But the Russians have hardly needed to sow any chaos here, because the British have helpfully done it for them

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Elon Musk to Fight Fake News with New Website Called Pravda
When trucks stop running... Instead of blaming the truckers, the world should thank them for showing the danger of a society dependent on truck transport. -- RF
How many times have I said "too many humans"? -- RF
China's milk consumption will increase threefold by 2050.
No, it won't. -- RF
Rare birds 'at risk of poisoning from eating lead shot'
Warning by expert panel says up to 400,000 wildfowl a year may suffer lead poisoning
Homeland Security authorizes 15,000 visas to help struggling companies
The Department of Homeland Security will provide 15,000 additional H-2B visas to at-risk businesses to bring in low-skilled foreign labor this summer.

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