Thursday, July 19, 2018

 

News Links, July 20, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Debt Time Bomb Surges To Nearly $250,000,000,000,000
Net energy decline in action! -- RF
Russia Dumped Most/All its US Treasury Holdings, Disappeared from List
According to real estate experts, more than 135,000 inheritances were disclaimed in 2017, because the beneficiaries were unable to pay the inheritance tax or they found the future financial demands of the property unbearable.
Gold Mining Industry's Costs Are Higher Than Market Realizes
New information suggests that the cost to produce gold is much higher than what the market realizes.  As the cost to produce gold has skyrocketed over the past two decades, the mining industry has hidden certain costs by placing them in their capital expenditures.

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russian military offers to cooperate with US in Syria
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may ultimately need to decide between maintaining economic power in Cambodia or upholding democratic standards, experts say.
With Iran Deal on Life Support, White House Looks to Finish the Job
If sanctions and coercive diplomacy by the U.S. escalate into regime change, it wouldn't be the first time. Ask the Iraqis.
When the US Invaded Russia
Amidst the backdrop of increased U.S.-Russian tensions and even talk of war, long forgotten is the time the U.S. actually invaded.
Modern slavery most prevalent in North Korea
Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion worth of goods that are produced under suspicious circumstances, according to research released Thursday.


## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Muscovites protest pension reform ahead of parliament vote
Sales growth of electric and plug-in hybrid cars has dimmed across the European Union's major markets during the first half of this year because of limited driving ranges and a patchy charging network.

## Got food? ##
Giant indoor vertical farm backed by Chinese firm launching just east of Las Vegas Strip
Don't laugh; learn. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Meat, Dairy Industry Surpass Big Oil As World's Biggest Polluters
Seaweed invading Florida beaches likely to worsen, could become worst bloom in history
The problem will be solved when power grids collapse. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Sea level rise threatens internet infrastructure, new research shows
[Netanyahu] is guilty of most of the same infractions held against Putin. Netanyahu openly campaigned for the Republican candidates in 2012 and 2016. He openly interfered in US politics by insisting on addressing Congress to derail the Iran nuclear deal.
Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel The Iran Deal
On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party.
Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda
Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans don't buy the media's bellicose spin.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
SpaceX and Boeing are running out of time to fly astronauts into space
Pressure is rising on Boeing and SpaceX, the two companies trying to prove the US can still fly humans to space. Both are expected to miss a November 2019 deadline for producing spacecraft certified as safe enough to transport astronauts—which means NASA, humiliatingly, could end up locked out of the International Space Station next year.
Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses

Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters.


## US ##
Such self-righteous, jingoistic posturing does no one any good. Will these lawmakers also be issuing an apology to Russia for interfering in its elections and promising never to do it again? -- RF




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