Sunday, July 01, 2018


News Links, June 2, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
As Cash Goes So Go Your Freedoms
Putin would do well to bring up the topic of American meddling. -- RF
Giuliani Promises Exiles Trump Will Bring Down Iran Regime
The Beginning of the End of the Bilderberg Era
Could Germany Fracture?
All sorts of centralized organizations that appear rock-solid may well melt into air as the disintegrative dynamics gather momentum.
Sources: Angela Merkel's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to resign in asylum row
French firm Lafarge charged with complicity in Syria crimes against humanity
Coming soon to a country near you. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
The migrant routes to Europe
No sign of progress in German government migration crisis

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Police arrest 575 at Capitol Hill immigration protests (US)

## Energy/resources ##
The oil supply disruption in Libya could last a little longer than previously thought, threatening to tighten global supplies at a time when a supply deficit was already starting to become a serious problem.
The Latest: Western States Urged to Plan for Water Shortage (US)
U.S. allows Nestle to keep taking water from Southern California forest
Severe water crisis: is Pakistan really running dry?
Lettuce in short supply as heatwave continues (UK)

## Environment/health ##
They creep, crawl and fly, and some may even sting, but without a diverse population of insects, scientists agree the ecosystem will likely collapse.
Amazon, H&M and other multinationals pressing to soften Indian state's plastic ban
Multinational companies like Amazon Inc and H&M are lobbying to soften a ban against single-use plastic imposed by an Indian state last week, according to four sources familiar with the matter.
Animals are becoming nocturnal to avoid humans
On Thursday, ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley, released a study published in Science Magazine that indicates animals are adjusting their habits to avoid the stresses of human encroachment on their habitat.
Too many humans. -- RF
Grab the oil! All that mealy-mouthed talk about bringing democracy to Iran rings hollow when one considers that Iran originally had a democratically elected government which was toppled by the US. -- RF
Facebook has admitted that it gave dozens of companies access to its users' data after saying it had restricted access to such data back in 2015, the latest wrinkle in a firestorm over how the social network manages user information.
The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping's internet shutdown
I've always maintained that the US system of media (including the internet) control and propaganda is far superior to the Chinese system. However, polls show that progressively fewer Americans believe their media, so it will be interesting to see what steps are taken in the US to maintain control over the narrative. -- RF
Across the board, trust in traditional news outlets continues to sink, with the overwhelming majority of Americans (70%) saying that "traditional major news sources report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading."

## Japan ##
Utilities reaffirm faith in nuclear power despite safety concerns
Nine power companies said they are eager to restart their nuclear plants at their shareholder meetings on June 27, shunning calls to move toward renewables despite skepticism about the safety of relying on nuclear energy.
Trump's Iran oil demand poses difficulty for Japan

## UK ##
Another federal agency, with a budget that needs funding. And students of collapse know that increasing complexity is one of the primary forces which drag down empires and societies. -- RF
Democratic Elite Scrambles to Respond to Ocasio-Cortez
Stunned by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory, the Democratic Party establishment is trying to contain the rebellion challenging its class interests and may try to stem the tide with a compromise on super-delegates.

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