Thursday, November 29, 2018


News Links, November 30, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Detroit Three narrowing car production in North America

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
More retailers go cashless to cut costs, theft as holiday shopping ramps up
Bitcoin price surges back up after dramatic plunge

## Airline death spiral ##
Sleeping pilot overshoots Australian destination by 28.6 miles
Germans and Americans 'worlds apart' in view of relations
People in Germany and the United States appear to have very different ideas about the state of relations between their countries. Germans see Berlin and Washington increasingly at odds, but Americans are more positive.
Indicative of the widening rift between the US and European countries. -- RF
BlackRock Board Member Seeks to Replace Merkel
The vast, shadowy power of BlackRock is on the front stage as board member Friedrich Merz, wants to succeed Merkel

## Migrants/refugees ##
Europe's Diesel Woes Deepen as Strike Halts French Oil Refinery
Europe's diesel market, already reeling from weeks of low water levels on the Rhine River, is now contending with a major supply disruption in France.
Pemex adds 1B barrels of oil reserves in biggest onshore find in 25 years
That would not last the world even two weeks. -- RF
In summary, Spain can't transition to 100% renewable electricity without some economic means of storing its surplus wind and solar for re-use. Currently there is no technology other than pumped hydro capable of doing this, and Spain's conventional and pumped hydro potential is nowhere near large enough to bridge the gap.

## Got food? ##
Farm Bankruptcies Soar In The Midwest (US)
10,000 farmers in Mumbai after walking 40 km, give 'wake up' call to govt (India)
The protesters from across Maharashtra, who are struggling to cope with the drought, are demanding the proper implementation of the loan waiver package announced by Fadnavis in 2017.
Penny for your corn? Stingy trade-war aid irks U.S. farmers
Maryland's Oyster Population Collapses, Sparks "Overfished" Fears

## Solutions ##
We Weren't Made for Endless Work
To be fully human, we need to put down our phones for a while.

## Environment/health ##
Amazon confirms it's working on a project to mine patient records and more accurately diagnose diseases
Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear
The West is complaining about Russian 'aggression' but the incident looks more like a cheap ploy by a desperate Ukrainian president and US conservatives keen to undermine Trump's next pow-wow with Putin.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies (Craig Murray)
Assange never met Manafort. The DNC emails were downloaded by an insider. Assange never even considered fleeing to Russia. Those are the facts, and I am in a position to give you a personal assurance of them. I can also assure you that Luke Harding, the Guardian, Washington Post and New York Times have been publishing a stream of deliberate lies, in collusion with the security services.
This Guardian Fake News Story Proves That The Media Can't Be Trusted (MoA)
Forensicator: Guccifer 2.0's Russian Breadcrumbs
Forensicator recently published a report titled Guccifer 2's Russian Breadcrumbs, digging out many new metadata clues found in the documents that Guccifer 2.0 modified before publishing them on their WordPress blog. That report builds on Forensicator's previous work, which detailed the complex process that Guccifer 2.0 likely used to plant "Russian fingerprints" in the Trump opposition report that Guccifer 2.0 pre-disclosed to two legacy media outlets and later published.
Russia 'invaded' Crimea? Russia 'downed' MH17? Russia sent two hapless and inept blokes to kill the Skripals? Russia launched an unprovoked attack on three Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov? Russia colluded with the Trump campaign against Hillary Clinton? And collaborated with Julian Assange to make that happen? What all these allegations have in common is that there is no evidence any of them are true. Oh, and that nobody's really trying to prove them anymore. Because you've already accepted them as gospel.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Photos: Overworked South Koreans are finding solace in a fake prison
However, population everywhere except Africa is going into decline. -- RF
My guess is that "issue" means "problem" here. If you want to sound cool, just call everything an "issue." -- RF
'We are losing too many Americans': Suicides and drug overdoses push down US life expectancy
America Is Poorer Than It Thinks
Statistics don't quite capture the extent of U.S. poverty. A new measure could change that.

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