Sunday, May 06, 2018


News Links, May 7, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Taking the Pulse of a Weakening Economy
Corporate buybacks provide the key analogy for the economy as a whole.
Argentina Hikes Rates To 40% To Stall Currency, Bond Market Collapse
Given the amount of global financial leverage, I strongly suggest a deflationary bust is the most likely outcome looking ahead.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
North Korea Has Denuclearization as a Goal, China Confirms
Ironically, pipelines are vain attempts to save a dying energy system. -- RF

## Energy/resources ##
Alberta Turns To Trains To Move Its Crude
Growing your own and purchasing only from trusted sources is looking better and better, as it becomes ever more clear that the food industry is more concerned about speed and profits than they are about the health of their consumers.  And clearly, since the meat mentioned in this article was inspected by the USDA, looking to those agencies for assurances is no guarantee of safety.
A Texas-based meat company is recalling nearly 50,000 lbs of smoked sausage after receiving complaints from a restaurant about plastic found in it.

## Solutions ##
How to Defend Your Home and Yourself When the SHTF

## Environment/health ##
Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Hits Record High Monthly Average
Dark Side of Computers, Smart Phones and Tablets: Blue Light Causes Cancer, Ruins Your Eyes and Makes You Toss and Turn at Night
Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official report
The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Atlantic Council Explains Why We Need To Be Propagandized For Our Own Good
The Latest Act in Israel's Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign
Benjamin Netanyahu's stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
5 Things That Disappeared During the Collapse of Venezuela

## Japan ##

## UK ##
A decreasing unemployment rate would seem to be good news! Now, time for some bad news: Part of the reason the unemployment rate fell is because 236,000 people left the labor force altogether last month, not because everyone suddenly has jobs, according to the same report.
Older Prime-Age Workers Are Leaving the U.S. Labor Force

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