Sunday, March 31, 2019


News Links, April 1, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
De-Dollarization Accelerates: Central Banks Dump Dollar In Q4, Buy Yuan
Russia is dumping U.S. dollars to hoard gold
Why Central Bank Gold Demand Is Reaching New Highs
A reticence to increase U.S. dollar exposure in 2018 resulted in highest central bank gold demand since the end of Bretton Woods.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Fiat Chrysler to cut shift, 1,500 jobs at Canadian minivan plant

## Airline death spiral ##
Financial Press: Boeing Should Charge Passengers Extra Not to Crash
A contributing cause of the crashes is widely reported to be the lack of sensors and other safety features that Boeing sells as pricey optional upgrades, effectively creating a two-tier safety standard in the aviation industry, where airlines serving less wealthy clientele employ aircraft more prone to crashing.
A revealing article, and not only with respect to airlines. Should "the market" determine the value of a person's life? -- RF
"I love MAS. I want MAS to be a national airline, but it looks like we cannot afford it."
IHI's Improper Aircraft Engine Checks Expand to 6,340 Cases
Major Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp. on Friday reported 6,340 cases of improper maintenance checks of engines of commercial aircraft, up sharply from 211 announced in its interim investigation report on March 8.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
EU member states unanimously reject Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights, defying Trump and Netanyahu
The 28 member countries of the European Union have unanimously declared that they do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights region, despite a change in policy by the United States.
Arab leaders to seek U.N. Security Council resolution on Golan
Arab leaders said on Sunday they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution against the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and promised to support Palestinians in their bid for statehood.
Erdogan Remains Unmoved As US Senators Seek To Kill F-35 Transfer To Turkey
Turkey has slammed the door on Washington's demands that it cancel its S-400 contract with Moscow in the wake of continued US threats that it will deny transfer of F-35s to Turkey over the Erdogan government's plans to move forward with taking delivery of the advanced Russian anti-air defense system.
New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers
A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling and benefiting from the entire hydro-carbon economy, from production to transportation.
Germany extends ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia
The Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again
The USS Ford is already two years behind schedule and billions over budget.

## War on Venezuela ##
Guaido Set to Enact Uprising Rooted in US Regime-Change Operations Manual
With its hands tied when it comes to military intervention, only covert actions — such as those described in the RED Team document — are likely to be enacted by the U.S. government, at least at this stage of its ongoing "regime change" effort in Venezuela.

US struggling with growing number of asylum seekers
Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Fearing Brexit, protesters gather along Irish border

## Solutions ##
A Primer On How To Buy And Store Gold & Silver

## Environment/health ##
Recent research suggests there are more fish there than any other part of the world's oceans, and it could be the next frontier for the fishing industry. Countries like Norway have developed technology that allows them to extract hundreds of fish at a time from these depths.
Is that a good thing? -- RF
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook blocks 200 accounts in Philippines
Taiwan to block Tencent and Baidu streaming sites on security risk
Taipei fears Beijing ramping up 'cultural infiltration' ahead of 2020 election

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Courthouse News yanks article for its woefully fair and accurate coverage of 9/11 lawsuit

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
You're A Sucker For Not Believing That The System Is Rigged

## Japan ##
China envisions an 'island city' in South China Sea
Beijing announces plans to build a new strategic and logistics hub in the contested area, a move that promises to stir already troubled waters

## UK ##
Knife crime: More stop and search powers for police
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is making it easier for officers to search people without reasonable suspicion in places where serious violence may occur.
Number of children in absolute poverty across UK hits 3.7 million after increases of 200,000 in a year
The eviction crisis is starting to look a lot like the subprime mortgage crisis
Stable housing is increasingly out of reach for many Americans, as both rentals and homes to own grow more expensive and options dwindle. Evictions may be one of the most visible manifestations.

Thursday, March 28, 2019


News Links, March 29, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The sign your suburb is in serious trouble
For years, construction in Australia has been booming — but the good days are well and truly over. Whether it's private houses, dwelling units, or renovations, the numbers are all heading south.
Gold Mining Stocks Are Surging on Global Economic Fears
Taiwan's economy sluggish in February

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Bed Bath & Beyond lays off nearly 150 of its 65,000 employees

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings

## Airline death spiral ##
FAA tells U.S. Senate it would need 10,000 new employees, $1.8 billion to assume all certification

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
French envoy presses Germany on stalling arms exports
France's ambassador to Germany is pushing Berlin to loosen its restrictive stance on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, arguing Europe's fledgling defense identity depends on it.
Xiplomacy wins in Europe despite US warnings
Economic opportunities trump Trump's security and strategic concerns

## War on Venezuela ##

## Migrants/refugees ##
U.S., three Central American countries agree on joint police operations
The United States said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with three Central American countries to carry out joint police operations in the region, as the Trump administration seeks to stem the flow of migrants across its southern border.

## Energy/resources ##

## Got food? ##
Food shortage stares at 40,000 families in Zimbabwe
The fight to save coffee from climate change heats up
Climate change is threatening coffee in Central America. Temperatures are rising, making it harder to grow high-quality Coffea arabica in the altitudes where it is currently grown.
Louisiana's Disappearing Coast
The state loses a football field's worth of land every hour and a half. Now engineers are in a race to prevent it from sinking into oblivion.
U.S. Squabbles Over New Iran Sanction Waivers
US sanctions on Iran's oil sector and the waivers of said sanctions are causing rifts among the US administration—pitting the National Security Council and the US State Department against each other as the deadline for waiver extensions draws near.
The Many Reasons to Believe Vasily Prozorov's Testimony About Ukraine's Role in Downing MH-17
Former Ukrainian intelligence officer Vasily Prozorov's testimony will likely be dismissed by Western governments that support Kiev, but there is plenty of evidence to back his claims.
The Business of Your Face
While you weren't looking, tech companies helped themselves to your photos to power a facial recognition boom. Here's how.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Is the World Becoming Wealthier or Poorer?
There is nothing intrinsically profitable about either robotics or AI.
Tainted Pills Force FDA to Tighten Drug-Safety Regulations
`We've seen a lot of instances of adulterated products — contamination, impurities — recently,' FDA chief says.
Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
New York City Apartment Residents Sue Landlord Over New Smart Locks
Nothing like rushing home to put your phone on the charger only to realize you can't get into your own apartment without a charged phone.
Not to worry. Technology will solve all our problems. -- RF
Japan's fiscal health is the worst among major industrialized economies, with public debt more than twice the size of gross domestic product.

## UK ##

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


News Links, March 27, 2019

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Mines could lose about 100 000 jobs due to ballooning electricity prices (South Africa)

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
High credit card fees threaten Japan's push to go cashless

## Airline death spiral ##
The Boeing 737 Max crisis goes way beyond software
OMG, it's a "performance issue"! Do you still doubt me when I say that "issues" are going to bring down civilization? -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pakistan sends subtle messages to India, US with military parade
U.S. Special Operations: The New Face of America's War Machine
The U.S. military industrial complex does not desire large winnable wars, but "low-intensity" conflicts that last as long as possible. That is how the system retains power, maintains profits, and remains relevant.
New Bill Would See US Taxpayers Subsidize Experimental Israeli Laser Weapons
The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act would deepen Israel's access to grotesque weapons of war that have been developed by the U.S. military but have also been banned for use by American troops.
After Trump's Golan Heights Announcement, Israeli Politicians Now Pushing for US Recognition of West Bank as "Israeli"
In 2016, longtime Trump advisor, and current ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said Trump would recognize Israel's sovereignty over the entire West Bank if Israel "deemed it necessary."

## War on Venezuela ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Moroccan teachers stage new demo over benefits

## Solutions ##
25 Prepping Excuses the SHTF Won't Care About

## Environment/health ##
Many sharks closer to extinction than feared: Red List
Human appetites are pushing makos and other iconic sharks to the brink of extinction, scientists warned in a new assessment of the apex predator's conservation status.
The inventors of insulin sold their patent for a buck. Why is it so expensive?
You get one guess. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Rendition Plane, Increased Police Presence Raise Fears for Assange
A mysterious flight of a U.S. rendition plane to London and increase of plainclothes British police outside the Ecuador embassy has heightened concern for the WikiLeaks founder.
Ecuadorian Embassy Detains US Journalist As Julian Assange Raises Hell Over Full Body Search: Report
Mueller Finally Gives up His Two Year Search For a Non-Existent Needle — But the Hunt Continues
The Trump administration's foreign policy may be easily deconstructed as a crossover between The Sopranos and late-night comedy.
There are possible links between the recent New Zealand mosque shooter and a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist white supremacist paramilitary organization called the Azov Battalion.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Media, Mueller, the Big Con and the Democratization of Narrative

## Japan ##
Gov't expands landfill work for U.S. base transfer in Okinawa
The Japanese government on Monday expanded offshore landfill work required to build a replacement facility for a U.S. air base in Okinawa Prefecture, despite local opposition. slammed over data collection
Company requires some staff to submit information about their relatives and schoolmates

## UK ##
Prince Charles becomes first British royal to visit Cuba
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed in Havana on Sunday for the first official trip by the British royal family to Communist-run Cuba even as Britain's top ally the United States seeks to isolate the island nation.
Homeless people kicked out of underpasses next to parliament 'so MPs can get to work'
Rough sleepers say police cleared out tunnels around Westminster Tube station citing 195-year-old Vagrancy Act

Sunday, March 24, 2019


News Links, March 25, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global growth rebound hopes hit by weak factory data
Exposing the Myth of MMT (Daily Reckoning)

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Majority of bitcoin trading is a hoax, new study finds

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Duplicity over Golan Demolishes Posturing on Crimea
In a controversial snub to international law, the United States signaled last week that it is moving to officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israeli territory. If the US does so, then it forfeits any moral authority to sanction Russia over allegations of "annexing Crimea".
Pompeo says it's 'possible' President Trump raised to 'save the Jewish people'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it's possible that President Donald Trump may exist to "save the Jewish people" from what an interviewer called "the Iranian menace."
White House Again Declares Victory Over ISIS, But Fighting Continues
After repeated predictions of an imminent victory in Syria, the White House on Friday declared total victory over ISIS in the battle for Baghouz, presenting it as the culmination of what was supposed to be a several day battle, but actually has lasted nearly three months.
Activists from 35 countries met in Berlin this week to call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Geneva.
Controversial security firm moving into Myanmar
Blackwater founder Eric Prince's Frontier Service Group continues to expand in Asia

## War on Venezuela ##
Ex-UN Human Rights Expert Blasts 'Manipulation' on Venezuela: 'We Are Swimming in an Ocean of Lies'
Former UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas criticized the human rights commissioner's past reports on Venezuela, calling them "unprofessional" and politicized, denouncing an "ocean of lies"

## Energy/resources ##
A convoy carrying uranium to a Brazilian nuclear plant was attacked by armed men
A Paradigm Shift In The Permian
Frequently, infrastructure costs are overlooked in evaluating increased costs of electrification and increased renewable capacity. These costs are not insignificant, and public opposition is growing to new transmission facilities, especially above ground lines despite their lower cost.
As Germany phases out coal, villages still forced to make way for mining
The end is in sight for coal energy in Germany. And yet, entire villages are still being razed to make room for expanding coal mines, with residents protesting in vain. Does resettlement still make sense?
The Russians are coming (and they're bringing oil)
As America's Russia hysteria is stirred once again by the arrival of the long-awaited report of the U.S. Department of Justice on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a surge in Russian oil imports has arrived on America's shores.

## Got food? ##
More than 69,000 pounds of Tyson chicken strips recalled because they may contain metal
Depend on this and starve. -- RF
When people are faced with the choice between food and electricity, they'll choose food, hands down. And then they will be faced with the task of ripping up this junk and recovering the farmland. -- RF
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency due to increased wildfire risk
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Friday as result of "a vast tree die-off throughout the state" and deteriorating forest conditions that have increased the risk of wildfires.
It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD
The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it
Facebook's at it again: Internal emails show it knew about Cambridge Analytica abuse 'months' before news broke
No lie, says Zuck and co, it was a separate data thing that we forgot to mention

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The global shortage of capacitors impacts all consumer electronics
Politics Has Failed, Now Central Banks Are Failing
With each passing day, we get closer to the shift in the tide that will sweep away this self-serving delusion of the ruling elites like a crumbling sand castle.
Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri

## Japan ##
Japan firms see prolonged Sino-U.S. trade war, China slowdown to persist: Reuters poll
Okinawa files lawsuit over landfill project
Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has filed a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of a decision by the land minister over a landfill project related to the relocation of a US base.
With a Hard Brexit Looming, UK Invites 10,000 Foreign Troops Over for Military Exercises
The U.K. government's martial-law option for Brexit would allow government ministers to impose curfews and travel bans, confiscate private property, and deploy the armed forces to any U.K. location of their choosing.
Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

## US ##
US Budget Deficit Hits A Record $234 Billion As Interest On Debt Soars
The Next American Car Recession Has Already Started
The collapse of the sedan market has left Detroit automakers with too many plants.
Drug Shortages Continue to Be a Challenge
National drug shortage data show, however, that 2018 was not unique. Since 2007, drug shortages have totaled more than 100 per year.
Struggling to stay alive: Rising insulin prices cause diabetics to go to extremes
The escalating cost of insulin has desperate diabetics rationing medication, acquiring the drug from friends or getting it from Canada or Mexico.
No fewer than five declared candidates have told Al-Monitor over the past few weeks that they would rejoin the deal without preconditions should they win the presidency — as long as Iran continues to live up to its end of the 2015 pact.
Heartbreaking: Top 1% of U.S. Households Took a $2 Trillion Hit Last Quarter
Don't Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs
The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights.

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