Thursday, June 06, 2019


News Links, June 7, 2019

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

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Outages reported in TransferWise online banking service

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Army Wants Hypersonic Missile Unit by 2023: Lt. Gen. Thurgood
France Promises Presence in Pacific for Upcoming 'Global Confrontation'
China's power catching up to that of US, Asia ranking shows
Lowy's Asia Power Index reveals Washington's fading predominance in the region
As North Korea Threat Grows, U.S. Anti-Missile Warhead Stumbles
Raytheon Co.'s project to develop a new interceptor warhead for the U.S.'s ground-based missile defense system is estimated to increase in cost by almost $600 million because of "major design concerns" since the contract was awarded, according to congressional auditors.
A New Industrial Base Is Taking Shape. Call It the Military-AI Complex.
The most essential Pentagon suppliers will be the ones that master robotics and artificial intelligence.

• War on Iran
Bogeyman Central: For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat
Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.
USA Pressures Brazil on Iran and Nuclear Politics
Although the Jair Bolsonaro government (PSL) has declared itself pro-American, the USA has not been successful in pressuring Brazil to change its nuclear politics and adopt a posture more aggressive toward Iran.
• War on Venezuela

• War on Cuba

## Solutions ##
The Cheapskate's Guide to Surviving without Air Conditioning

## Environment/health ##
People Eat 50,000+ Microplastics Every Year, New Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that the average person swallows about 50,000 pieces of plastic per year and inhales about the same amount. Microplastics — bits of plastic invisible to the human eye — are in our food, drinks, air, and increasingly in our stomachs and lungs.
Chop, baby, chop! Satellite data shows Amazon deforestation rising under Brazil's Bolsonaro
'No way to stop it': millions of pigs culled across Asia as swine fever spreads
Experts say region is losing the battle to stop the biggest animal disease outbreak the planet has ever faced
Too many humans. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine is a nationalist hawk who volunteered with fascist party during US-backed coup
Facebook's new public policy manager for Ukraine Kateryna Kruk is a former government official, diehard nationalist, and anti-Russian jingoist who volunteered with the extreme-right party Svoboda during the 2014 US-backed coup.

• War on Julian Assange
'No One is Above the Law' (Except the U.S.A.)
Julian Assange's Australian lawyer and a European human rights lawyer argue that the conduct of the U.S. regarding the WikiLeaks publisher blatantly disregards numerous laws.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
More Police Raids As War On Journalism Escalates Worldwide
European Court Of Justice Suggests Maybe The Entire Internet Should Be Censored And Filtered
The idea of an open "global" internet keeps taking a beating -- and the worst offender is not, say, China or Russia, but rather the EU.
Odd NYT 'Correction' Exculpates British Government And CIA From Manipulating Trump Over Skripal Novichok Incident

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Is the Tech Bubble Bursting?

## UK ##

## US ##

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