Thursday, October 04, 2018


News Links, October 5, 2018

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Venezuela Has Officially Launched Its Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency

## Airline death spiral ##
Unlikely Victims of Climate Change Include Major International Airports
A staggering number of major airports are located in low-lying areas near water, posing a significant risk from rising sea temperatures and the superstorms they fuel

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Regime Change 2.0: Is Venezuela Next?
US Withdraws From International Treaties, Slams UN World Court
Seeking to avoid complying with the consequences of previously-signed treaties, the US announced that they are outright withdrawing from multiple agreements today. This included the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran, and the 1961 Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes.
'We are going to fly [hypersonics] sooner and more often' than people expect, says No. 2 Pentagon official
The Pentagon official in charge of planning for America's future wars downplayed Russian and Chinese efforts to develop hypersonic arsenals, a weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against.
Candor (loose-cannon mouth?) is one thing Trump has over career politicians. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters Descend On Senate; 100 Arrested Including Amy Schumer

## Energy/resources ##
Global energy bosses send Trump a message: world needs Russian gas
Why The Saudis Can't Keep A Lid On Oil Prices
Permian Producers Have A Power Problem
Permian oil producers need a lot more electricity to power well production than they did just a few years ago. And the West Texas electricity grid—which wasn't planned for so heavy a load—is straining to catch up with power demand.

Here again, people are easily deceived by media and marketing hype. There's a vast chasm between the dream of urban rabbit-food factories and what it actually takes to feed even one human for a year. -- RF
Migrant farmworkers are essential to food production in rich countries because natives of those countries don't want to perform arduous labor under a blistering sun for starvation wages. How many people will be ready for this when, post-SHTF, they must either grow food or starve?  It's going to take a lot more sweat, fertilizer, brainwork, experience, and luck than you imagine. In short, there's no such thing as an instant farmer. -- RF
At most 1,700 out of an original estimated population of 50,000 is certainly not "unchecked growth." Of course, the ranchers find their business threatened. At the same time, we need to keep in mind that the overpopulation of the planet with humans and their domestic animals threatens the viability of non-human populations, and is indeed a major driving force behind species extinction. -- RF
Which cities will sink into the sea first? Maybe not the ones you expect
The Earth isn't solid – which makes it hard to predict how the submerging of our coastlines will unfold

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Northwest's cell networks disrupted after 'presidential alert' text
People shared thoughts after scientists connected their brains

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Google's DeepMind Can Now Create Fake Photos That Look Totally Realistic

The UK's claims about the Skripal case look more ludicrous by the day. -- RF

Pensions Now Depend on Bubbles Never Popping (But All Bubbles Pop)
The problem with bubble "wealth" is it's like an addictive narcotic: now our entire pension system, public and private, is dependent on the current bubbles in stocks, real estate, junk bonds and other risk assets never popping.

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