Sunday, September 29, 2019


News Links, September 30, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
September Container Shipping Rates Collapse 43% Forcing Carriers To Slash Capacity
Spillover: world economies' next big headache
Kenyans rush to swap banknotes as cash ban looms
Looking for the Next Big Thing after 5G. Governments everywhere are desperately trying to find and promote any gimmick which might induce people to spend more money and prop up the failing global economy. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
UK tanker held in Iran leaves Bandar Abbas port: Refinitiv data
At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran.

• War on Iran
At UN, European Allies & Trump Clip Pompeo's Hawk Wings
After the recent strikes on Saudi oil facilities, E-3 leaders offered a sop to the secretary of state but resisted key elements of his "maximum hostility" campaign towards Iran while  Trump also distanced himself.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Second wave of Climate Strike protests take to the streets around the world

## Energy/resources ##
Global oil freight rates rocket as U.S. sanctions tanker units of Chinese giant COSCO
If you're still waiting to hear that renewables can sustain industrial society, this isn't the article for you. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Climate change could trigger droughts in wheat-growing regions
Wheat-growing regions are likely to experience more frequent, severe and prolonged droughts if climate change continues unabated.
Over recent years, as warming temperatures have caused seas to expand and glaciers and land ice to melt into the oceans, rising sea levels have pushed saltwater into the area through tidal creeks and drainage ditches.
Many (most?) people will be on a permanent "diet" in the post-SHTF years. There's some good advice here. -- RF

Sometimes the "solution" is just another problem. -- RF
'What they put on the fields contaminates our water': Iowa's pollution problem
Decades of adding fertilisers and manure to drive Iowa's crop production has loaded the land with nutrients it can't hold on to – and they're ending up in the water supply
Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2019 is 'joint-second lowest' on record
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
DoorDash investigating data breach that may affect nearly 5 million
The impeachment offensive against Donald Trump is another symptom of a partisan disease that ignores an even greater malignancy.
The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 5 — Busting the Myth WikiLeaks Never Published Damaging Material on Russia
A month before Hillary Clinton spread the widely-believed myth that WikiLeaks had never revealed anything on Russia, the publication had already released more than a million files on the country.
Bomb-Plotting American Soldier Linked to US-Backed Neo Nazis in Ukraine
The FBI's arrest is just the latest example  of "blowback," when U.S. support for extremist foreign proxies fuels violent terrorism back at home.
A famed Russian technical university is helping to lead the government's push for public-private efforts to develop AI technologies and applications — including a joint project with China's Huawei — and to stop top talent from flowing to the West.
Edward Snowden's Julian Assange is an Unfamiliar Julian Assange
There is an unquestionable contradiction between Snowden's opposition to Assange's arrest and the rhetorical games he plays with Assange's character in his memoir, Permanent Record.

• War on Julian Assange
To claim that the man who bragged "We lied, we cheated, we stole" and continues to lie every time he opens his mouth can "confirm" anything is lunatic. What Pompeo falsely claimed 'confirmed' only a false claim his department had earlier made.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
A related article is Richard Heinberg's "Energy and Authoritarianism." As conditions become increasingly severe, holding societies together will require more rigid control over their populations. -- RF

## Japan ##
South Korea summons Japanese diplomat over defense white paper
Bad idea. How will he respond if someone suggests exterminating the Japanese? -- RF
Too cheap to meter? -- RF
Nearly out of Cash, WeWork Shifts into Shrink & Survive Mode
House cleaners come in, halt all new leases, dump side businesses, sell corporate jet, lay off thousands, purge "Adam's posse" – in just two days.
And the primary reason is net energy decline. As the energy-supply system delivers progressively less surplus energy to the economy, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain industrial society. Debt proliferates, the sea of red ink grows, and everything starts falling apart. Are you prepared? -- RF
The Problem With Impeachment
Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


News Links, September 27, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Latest Numbers Tell Us That The Global Economic Slowdown Is Accelerating Dramatically
Helicopter money, MMT, and whatnot are doomed to failure because, as I've pointed out, giving people more money doesn't increase the total amount of energy at society's disposal. -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##
What's next for Condor Airlines after Thomas Cook Airlines collapse?
A waste of good land — as we shall see in the near future. -- RF
The Coup Has Begun – The Empire Strikes Back Everywhere
Brits and Americans alike are learning the terrible lesson that it is time to put away childish things like representative government and that elections matter.
• War on Iran
It is inconceivable to the United States that a "rag-tag" force like Yemen's Houthis might, with home-made weapons, outdo the hundred-billion-dollar might and sophistication of the state-of-the-art  systems Washington has lavished upon the Saudis.
• War on Venezuela
Secret Survey: U.S. Shale In A State Of 'Deep Anxiety'
The financial stress sweeping over the U.S. shale sector has led to a sharp contraction in activity.
It will just hasten Singapore's inevitable demise. -- RF

## Got food? ##
3 more suspected African swine fever cases reported in South Korea

One crucial thing (outside the scope of this article) to consider is that collapse of the industrial system will not be limited to the US. It will crash globally. So even if people relocate to another country, they won't be able to avoid it. Taxes will in fact become the least of their problems. If this is a concern for you, it might make sense to shift your focus from "where can I reduce my tax liability?" to "where do I and my loved ones stand the best chance of surviving global chaos?" That might not even require moving to another country. Most people would no doubt be better off in their own countries, where they are familiar with the terrain. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Catastrophic season in store for Hawaiian coral thanks to marine heat wave
I guarantee you that their decision won't endanger the future of humanity, but it could cause panic among politicians, economists, and other brain-dead growth fanatics. -- RF

In case you were wondering, I'm not on Facebook. -- RF
Norway will not ban Huawei from 5G mobile network: minister

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Here's How We Are Silenced by Big Tech
This is how they silence us: your content has been secretly flagged as being "unsafe," i.e. "guilty of anti-Soviet thoughts;" poof, you're gone.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
There is only one Western country in the top ten for the most dangerous countries for women to visit – and that is America. But now Amnesty International has just recently issued a travel warning to everyone visiting America. It includes advice on staying away from places where there are larger numbers of people such as tourist spots, cultural events, shopping malls and even schools. In other words, if you're not going on business, then don't go.
Zimbabwe capital city shuts main water plant, shortages loom
Zimbabwe's capital shut its main water works on Monday citing shortages of foreign currency to import treatment chemicals, the deputy mayor said, potentially leaving the city dry and raising the risk of water borne diseases like cholera.
'Everybody's Overworked:' String of Suicides Raises Questions About Sailors' Stress Levels
## US ##
You're Footing The Bill For Bankrupt Shale Drillers
A wave of oil and gas wells abandoned by bankrupted drillers could cost the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Democrats' Impeachment Attempt Against Trump Is A Huge Mistake
Instead of running on policy issues the Democrats will (again) try to find vague dirt with which they can tarnish Trump. This is a huge political mistake. It will help Trump to win his reelection.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


News Links, September 25, 2019

Posting will be light until the rice crop is in.

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, global bookings canceled
Negative Interest Rates Are Social Political Poison
The interest rate business model is dead. Negative interest rates killed it, with no replacement in sight.
Financial Storm Clouds Gather
The price of this "solution"--the undermining of the financial system--will eventually be paid in full.
Strains that sank Thomas Cook weigh on European airlines
The collapse of travel group Thomas Cook and a trio of subsidiary airlines, leaving 600,000 holidaymakers stranded, is unlikely to be the last failure among Europe's struggling second-tier carriers.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
• War on Iran
One deadly week reveals where the immigration crisis begins — and where it ends
In one week, thousands of migrants overwhelm the U.S. border. We reveal their dangerous journeys and the broken immigration system that awaits them.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Buildings torched as fresh unrest erupts in Indonesia's Papua
Is Aramco Lying About Its Damaged Oil Infrastructure?
Repairs at the Khurais field and the Abqaiq processing facility may take several months rather than the ten weeks tops that Aramco had initially estimated, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing foreign contractors working with the Saudi state giant.
The second photograph in this article shows the severe buckling of the solar panel support structure. -- RF
Who's going to guard this stuff after society collapses? -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content
Tech companies led by Facebook on Monday joined world leaders in ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online, giving it a permanent staff.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Let's Talk About Saudi Arabia
It absolutely will get bad, everywhere. When people get hungry, the mood quickly turns ugly. -- RR
• War on Huawei
Canada says officials did not act improperly when arresting Huawei CFO
There is no evidence Canadian border officials or police acted improperly when Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained and arrested at Vancouver's airport nearly 10 months ago, the attorney general of Canada said in a filing released on Monday.

Sunday, September 22, 2019


News Links, September 23, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global economy growing at slowest pace since recession, OECD says
From Underwear to Cars, India's Economy Is Fraying
The country once had the world's fastest-growing economy, but it has been battered by global and domestic forces. India's troubles are a warning sign for other developing countries.
India came too late to the party, and is unable to benefit from the ultra-cheap, high-quality oil energy which developed countries enjoyed in the postwar years. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Has No Immediate Plans to Boost Forces to Counter Iran: Pentagon
The U.S. is now sending more soldiers to Saudi Arabia with more Patriot systems and additional Terminal High Attitude Aera Defense, or THAAD, systems. Neither of these can protect against drones or cruise missiles like those that were used in the attack on Abqaiq. The whole operation is useless security theater.
The switch to recognize Beijing, just days after the Solomon Islands cut ties with Taiwan, deals a fresh blow to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January, as it takes to seven the tally of allies lost to China since she took office in 2016.

• War on Iran

• War on Cuba

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Students begin global climate strike with message for governments: Do your job

## Energy/resources ##
Saudi Arabia tells Japan's biggest refiner about possible shipment change: Nikkei
Saudi state oil firm Aramco has told Japanese refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy about a possible change in shipment, raising concern about the kingdom's ability to supply crude oil a week after attacks on its refineries, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
The new rule allows slaughterhouses to opt in to the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (inexplicably, NSIS), a "modernized" system that eliminates maximum line speeds and shifts some of the responsibility for removing sick animals from the processing line from USDA inspectors to plant employees.
Swine fever fears: China bans S Korea pig imports

Choking and gasping in Indonesia's noxious haze
Uncontrolled wildfires have made the nation into an unmitigated environmental disaster site
Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier may be thinning faster than previously thought

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It
Repo men are passively scanning and uploading the locations of every car they drive by into DRN, a surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans accessible by private investigators.
If the Facts Come Out, it Could Spell the End for Joe Biden (Ray McGovern)
The Establishment media is in a frenzy about what they hope will be the downfall of Trump, but if the facts come out, it could be the downfall of Joe Biden instead.

• War on Julian Assange

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
U.S. Orders 2 Universities to Recast Tone on Israel
The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough "positive" imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.
Using Forged Emails, "Progressive" Journalists Smear Their Own for Challenging Syria Groupthink
Behind the campaign to silence these three critical, anti-war journalists was the same cast of characters that have become notorious in progressive circles for the viciousness of their attacks against anyone willing to come out against regime change in Syria.

## Japan ##
Japan to vaccinate pigs to tackle hog cholera outbreak
Global warming outpacing steps to protect Tokyo Olympic athletes
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are testing a number of measures to counter the expected scorching heat next summer when outdoor track events are held.

## US ##
Trust and Distrust in America
Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what's gone wrong and how to fix it.

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