Thursday, September 05, 2019


News Links, September 6, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Australian economic growth hits 10-year low
Long-time readers know I've always maintained that Dubai's fate is a pile of ruins in the desert. -- RF
These Incidents Raise New Questions about the Security & Operability of the Banking System in Mexico

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Ford finds buyer for Brazil plant, but new owner could cut 1,300 jobs
Japan adopts Chinese cashier-free solutions to address labor shortage

## Airline death spiral ##
Global regulator discrepancies over Boeing 737 MAX worry IATA

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Taliban carry out Kabul suicide bombing even as peace deal with US nears
Troops of the Future May Ditch Night-Vision Goggles in Favor of Eye Injections
Artificial Intelligence Will Make Our Forever Wars Truly Forever
Whether the technology is effective or not, it will appear to shrink the costs of conflict, enabling even more of our interventions.
US military in Asia, destroyed in hours: study
University of Sydney report warns that America's allied defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is seriously flawed

• War on Iran

• War on Venezuela

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
South Africa's Ramaphosa says at least 10 killed in riots
Tyson Foods slowed chicken processing after U.S. recalls, raising costs
Tyson Foods Inc slowed chicken processing after it recalled millions of pounds of poultry this year over concerns they contained extraneous materials like rubber and metal, Chief Executive Noel White said on Wednesday.

## Environment/health ##
Germany set to ban glyphosate from end of 2023
The German government has agreed to ban the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. Austria has already banned the chemical, which has been linked with cancer.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Fire Did Not Cause 3rd Tower's Collapse on 9/11, New Study Finds
Merkel's in Beijing, Pence is in Poland
Huawei 'pact' charade looks like a damage-control PR exercise

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Humans Are Creating Their Own Narratives
Stars, luxury brands and China's perilous patriotic tightrope
Celebrities and brands are increasingly nailing their one-China colours to the mast to guard against a backlash
WaPo Warns USA Needs More Narrative Control As Pentagon Ramps Up Narrative Control
Other strange cases of the chicken sandwich frenzy include a Tennessee man who is now suing Popeyes for running out of the chicken.
Talk about an obsession with instant gratification! And what will happen when real food shortages come? -- RF
Of course, it makes sense to pull stakes and relocate, rather than paying the high cost of building still more infrastructure in a bid to save what will inevitably be lost. Just one thing: This otherwise sensible essay ignores the problem of human overpopulation. Imagine all those people abandoning the flooded parts of Miami Beach, and building the same thing somewhere else. Problem solved? It's just less nature and more concrete. -- RF

## US ##
Here's What I'm Worried About. And It's Not a Recession
A rout in the hyper-inflated bond market can blow up everything at this point.
Employment In America, By The Raw Numbers (Economica)
With minimal working age population growth, full employment, no further female labor force slack; there is little further potential for labor force growth or resultant economic growth.
Orders for Heavy Trucks Plunged 80% in August

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