Tuesday, July 24, 2018

 

News Links, July 25, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
No Deal: Trump Offers Zero-Tariff Deal, EU Refuses
IMF: Venezuela's inflation on track to top 1 million percent
$52,000 per second: Spending Our Way to a Fiscal Crisis (Ron Paul)
Saudi construction sector hardest hit by expat exodus
The TSA plans to have 15 of the new CT scanners at airports by the end of the year, and are authorized to purchase up to 240 of the machines, which cost $300,000 each, in 2019.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israel rebuffs Russian offer to keep Iranian forces from Golan: official
This is what's known as meddling. -- RF
The US, electricity and Iran: What's behind the Iraq protests?
As protests continue across southern Iraq, some are questioning the role of the US in the ongoing unrest.
Turkey's Erdogan to go on new Africa trip, attend BRICS summit
Great Nations Are Destroyed by Being Pulled into Wars to Defend Tiny Ones
NATO's obsession with pulling in as many small, unstable and potentially extremist countries in Eastern Europe as possible makes a world war inevitable rather than deterring one.
Reminder: Women Migrants Are Fleeing Countries The U.S. Helped Decimate
The violence driving people to seek shelter in the U.S. has its roots in American foreign policy.
The report also highlights the threat of weakening electricity production caused by the rise of sea levels. The authors of the report have identified that 270 power plants around the world are exposed to this threat: most are located within less than 5 kilometers from the coast, and on land that does not exceed five meters above sea level.
Another perspective on the problems with renewables. -- RF

## Environment/health ##

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Big fat nothing-burger: Moon-Strzok No More, Lisa Page Spills the Beans (Ray McGovern)
The meaning of a crucial text message between two FBI officials appears to have been finally explained, and it's not good news for the Russia-gate faithful.
The Arrest of Maria Butina Is Another Hoax (Paul Craig Roberts)

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Pompeo calls Iran religious leaders 'hypocritical holy men'
Perhaps they are. But to find people like that, Pompeo need only look at his own vice president, Mike Pence, a man who claims to be Christian but is so consumed with hate that he cannot even exchange greetings with someone from a country on the Empire's "regime-change" list. -- RF
Recently the "White Helmets" have been in the news again, so it might be helpful to get a little perspective on the group by reading this article from 2016. -- RF
Syria - For The Third Time Israel Falsely Claims Iran Pull-Back Deal With Russia
A typical Israeli propaganda scheme is to falsely claim that an agreement with some entity has been made and to then push that entity to stick to a "deal" it never agreed to.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Visualizing The World's Largest Megacities By 2100
In 2100, megacities will be depopulated wastelands. -- RF

## US ##
The Dickensian Return of Debtors' Prisons
In their usual money-making zeal, local governments have targeted the poor and brought us back to the 19th century.
"Desperate" Tesla Asks Suppliers for Cash Back Retroactively to 2016
The request is "essential to Tesla's continued operation."
America On It's [sic] Way to Being Stalin's Soviet Union
Nothing more sickening and offensive than the hypocrisy of a nation claiming to be the pinnacle of democracy and freedom while moving inexorably towards a state that embraces authoritarianism.
As long as American newspapers and other media continue hewing to the party line and feeding the public the usual Republicrat/Demopublican propaganda drivel in service to empire, they deserve to die. -- RF




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