Thursday, February 07, 2019

 

News Links, February 8, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Unemployment is low only because 'involuntary' part-time work is high
Unemployment is at record lows in both the UK and the US. But "involuntary" part-time work is at least 40% higher in both countries than it was 10 years ago.
Oops: Low Interest Rates a "Factor" in Slowdown of Economic & Productivity Growth: NBER

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Birds strike planes, or planes strike birds? -- RF
Five people hospitalised after flight makes emergency landing in Shannon
A holiday jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this evening after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit over the Atlantic.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
French Air Force rehearses a long-range nuclear strike
Military exercise causes scare in downtown Los Angeles
Taliban: Half of US troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1
The U.S. has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, a Taliban official said Wednesday, but the U.S. military said it has received no orders to begin packing up.
Venezuela opposition plans to get oil money from U.S. fund
Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said it would use a U.S.-based fund to receive some of the country's oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.
Corporate Titans Target Venezuela
Ruling elites have united behind the Trump administration in its illegal, unjust and brutal attempt to meddle in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Democrats and Republicans alike have fallen in line, revealing the degree to which the two parties march in lock step when the geopolitical prerogatives of the one percent are at stake.
UN experts: North Korea nukes intact, dispersing missiles
North Korea's nuclear and missile programs "remain intact" and its leaders are dispersing missile assembly and testing facilities to prevent "decapitation" strikes, U.N. experts said in a new report.

'Take John Bolton to The Hague!': Peace Activists Protest Outside National Security Advisor's Home

## Energy/resources ##
Bank Of America: Oil Demand Growth To Hit Zero Within A Decade
AAA confirms what Tesla, BMW, Nissan electric car owners suspected — cold weather saps EV range. Even turning on the car drains power

## Got food? ##
Farm Belt bankruptcies are soaring
A wave of bankruptcies is sweeping the U.S. Farm Belt as trade disputes add pain to the low commodity prices that have been grinding down American farmers for years.
French, German farmers destroy crops after GMOs found in Bayer seeds

## Environment/health ##
New emails reveal CDC employees were doing the bidding of Coca-Cola
Instead of protecting Americans' health, insiders at the CDC were dutifully helping Coke sell sugar water
The killing of large species is pushing them towards extinction, study finds

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
In Venezuela, US Forgets What Century It Is
Little of what Washington has done in the weeks since it recognized an opposition legislator, Juan Guaidó, as Venezuela's "interim president" has any basis in international law.
People Who Care About Democracy Don't Plot Coups Abroad
Do we think people who armed death squads and started wars really want to "bring democracy" to Venezuela?
Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as "Unconventional" Weapons
This "U.S. coup manual," recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, serves as a reminder that the so-called "independence" of such financial institutions as The World Bank and IMF is an illusion and that they are among the many "financial weapons" regularly used by the U.S. government to bend countries to its will.
Trump's Absurd Claim that Americans Are Free from Government Coercion

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
More propaganda is the solution? -- RF
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan stops journalist going to Yemen
The Japanese government has ordered a veteran freelance journalist to surrender his passport to prevent him from going on a reporting trip to Yemen.
Anxiety on rise among the young in social media age
YouGov survey shows 18% of young people in UK do not think life is worth living
Brace for Impact
The economy is far more precarious than the surface boom/bubble suggests. A great many households, enterprises and municipalities are in overloaded boats whose gunwales are just a few inches above the water; the slightest wave will swamp and sink them.
Public Pension Losses Last Quarter Compound Funding Challenges
The stock market swoon in the fourth quarter of 2018 is threatening to compound the mountain of unfunded pension liabilities confronting U.S. states and local governments.




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