Thursday, January 03, 2019


News Links, January 4, 2019

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

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The War On Syria Strengthened The Anti-Zionist 'Resistance'
Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal?
Trump: Syria Is 'Sand and Death,' We're Getting Out
Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era
With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

Two European Nuclear Reactors Come On Stream
Two third-generation nuclear power reactors are slated to begin operation this year in Finland and France, after years of delays and budget overruns.
A plan to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas looks shaky

## Got food? ##
Chipotle customer bit into metal nail in his burrito, chipped a tooth: Report
It's interesting that although Russia has, in compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, allowed access to the prisoner, Britain has yet to allow the Russian ambassador access to Yulia Skripal, a Russian citizen. -- RF
British Intelligence Infiltrates Voice of Europe Media Outlet
The FBI is Trying Amazon's Facial-Recognition Software
New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics
Far from being a sophisticated propaganda campaign, it was small, amateurish, and mostly unrelated to the 2016 election.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Netflix Bows To Saudis, Removes Content At Request Of Kingdom

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
A Requiem for the Beautiful Earth
The Crisis of 2025
While many fear a war between the nuclear powers or the breakdown of civil order, I tend to think the Crisis of 2023-26 is more likely to be financial in nature.
I'm on record as saying that the collapse trigger will likely be financial, but I'll be surprised if we have to wait until 2025. -- RF

I thought the Olympics were supposed to pay for themselves. -- RF

## US ##

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