Sunday, December 02, 2018

 

News Links, December 3, 2018

Only a few months ago, the world's fortunes appeared increasingly robust. For the first time since the wealth-destroying agony of the global financial crisis, every major economy was growing in unison. So much for all that.
The coming recession is merely the next leg down in a descent to the 19th century. -- RF
This is but one example of now net energy decline is dragging down economies and reducing fertility rates. Change the names and a few details, and you could be describing any number of other countries. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build 'super-soldiers'
Buenos Aires locked down for G20 summit, protest tightly controlled
Thousands of demonstrators marched in Buenos Aires on Friday to protest the G20's economic policies as the world's leading industrialized nations opened their annual summit in the Argentine capital.
"We are in a state of insurrection, I've never seen anything like it," Jeanne d'Hauteserre, the mayor of the city's 8th arrondissement, near the Arc de Triomphe, told BFM TV.

## Energy/resources ##
A low-key article, but with huge implications. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Iceberg lettuce prices soar as much as 168% after E. coli outbreak takes romaine off shelves

## Solutions ##
America Needs a New National Strategy
A productive national Strategy would systemically decentralize power and capital rather than concentrate both in the hands of a self-serving elite.
How do you degrow?

## Environment/health ##
There are over 8,000 cases pending against Monsanto in the United States and many more will surely be filed. Bayer's stock has lost $38 billion in value since Bayer acquired Monsanto. The company would have done better putting its $63 billion in cash into a hole in the ground.
U.N. says 2018 will be Earth's 4th-warmest year on record, predicts a 5-9 degree temperature rise this century
As Measles Surges, 'Decades of Progress' Are in Jeopardy

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
What's Behind the US-Saudi Nuclear Mega-Deal?
Up to 16 nuclear power plants for civilian purposes? Really?

## George H. W. Bush ##
What Poroshenko Gets Wrong - H.W. Bush And The Ukraine
There is little else to say about H.W. Bush. He was a run of the mill war-criminal just like other U.S. presidents were. As CIA director he oversaw and covered up state sponsored terrorism. As president he attacked Iraq under false pretext. He ordered the complete destruction of Iraq's electricity network the consequences of which are still felt today. That was a war crime as all basic infrastructure is protected under the Geneva Conventions. He further destroyed the country with punitive sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children.
The Bushes: Fathers and Sons (With Apologies to Turgenev)
In a story worthy of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in the Bushes' case the sins of the son were visited upon the father, who neglected an opportunity to stop them from happening.
If You Murdered A Bunch Of People, Mass Murder Is Your Single Defining Legacy

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Never, Ever Forget The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks
Readers are supposed to think this is purely the fault of socialism. Although you won't find a word about it in this article, a major factor underlying crumbling buildings and economic difficulties in Cuba is the decades-long American economic blockade. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Seeing Social Decline As A National Security Threat May Change Conservative Policies
In 1976 Emmanuel Todd, a French anthropologist and demographer, predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, based on indicators such as increasing infant mortality rates. In 2001 Todd wrote After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order in which he analyzed similar trends in the United States and predicted its fall as the sole superpower.

## UK ##
Councils appeal for cash injection to avoid 'catastrophic collapse'
Council leaders from some of Britain's biggest cities are demanding an emergency cash injection to stop a "catastrophic collapse" of authorities that have faced the biggest cuts to their support.
As Dead as a Door Handle (Skripal case)



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