Sunday, February 10, 2019


News Links, February 11, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
IMF Cuts 2019 Global Growth Forecasts Again: "We Have No Idea," Says Lagarde
Telltale Signs of Recession
I'm seeing lifestyles that are out of stock and no longer available, even in China.
German banks are seeking to blunt any fresh U.S. sanctions against Russia so they can continue existing business with Russian clients, according to an internal briefing paper prepared by a financial industry lobby group.
OMG it's another "issue"! If the "issue" problem gets any worse, I'll have to start a new category. -- RF

No-frills Southwest Airlines may start charging for some frills

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
WSJ Confirms: Trump-Appointed Venezuela Coup Leader Plans Neoliberal Capitalist Shock Therapy
Venezuela's US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó plans to privatize state assets and give foreign corporations access to oil, the Wall Street Journal admitted.
Pompeo Attempts to Link Iran, Hezbollah to Crisis in Venezuela
A good excuse is needed to create yet another sh*thole country. -- RF
But don't call it meddling. -- RF
Racism And The Fight Over Venezuela
The U.S. coup attempt in Venezuela is not only about oil and general U.S. imperialism. It is attempt to bring a specific type of people back into power. The same type of people that rule in Washington DC.
Enabled by rising debt, shale companies have been achieving record fracked oil and gas production, while promising investors a big future payoff. But over a decade into the "fracking miracle," investors are showing signs they're worried that payoff will never come — and as a result, loans are drying up.
Any Western country allowing Huawei Technologies Co. or other Chinese equipment to be used in critical infrastructure projects will face the risk of U.S. countermeasures, the U.S. envoy to the European Union said.
Huawei gets support ahead of big 5G exhibition
White House readies ban but Europe refuses to follow suit
What a surprise. European governments appear to be growing a backbone. Is this the beginning of the worm's turn? -- RF
VIDEO: Max Blumenthal Asks Members of Congress if the US is Meddling in Venezuela
The responses from members of Congress painted a shocking picture of ignorance, hypocrisy, and bipartisan consent for the Trump administration's assault on Venezuela.
In a poll conducted a little more than a week before Guaidó appointed himself president of the country, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Israel lobby fakes campus anti-Semitism say US journalists
Facebook: The Government's Propaganda Arm?
The social media giant has a disturbing number of former Obama officials in key positions of authority over content.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Recession. Revolution. Recovery.
And "recovery" is going to be relative. -- RF
Dreams Die Hard (Jim Kunstler on the Green New Deal)

## Japan ##
Another Chinese farm hit by African swine fever
Outbreak has so far killed more than 1 million pigs since August
Knife crime: 1,000 young victims hospitalised last year
The figure, from NHS England, reveal a 54% rise in the number of children and teenagers treated for injuries from knives over five years.
Why are international students turning their back on American colleges?
The number of overseas students coming to the U.S. for grad school declined for the second year in a row
Expect the Stock Buyback Wave to Continue This Year

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