Sunday, September 08, 2019


News Links, September 9, 2019

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Silicon Valley's final frontier for mobile payments — 'the neoliberal takeover of the human body'
"Whether you're a government or corporation, there's an incentive to encourage citizens to adopt total surveillance in order for the system to work better."
Warning Issued After Malware Is Found To Have Hijacked Bitcoin Blockchain

## Airline death spiral ##
American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging an aircraft

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
America's Rush Back to Nuclear Weapons
In this interview, Lawrence Wilkerson discusses the Trump administration's approach to military security.
• War on Iran
Iran's Military Seizes Another Foreign Vessel In Persian Gulf, Detains Crew
In yet more confirmation that the White House's "maximum pressure" campaign has given way to Iran's own more intense and aggressive summer of 'counter-pressure' in the gulf, Iran's military Saturday has seized a small foreign vessel and its crew, the semi-official ISNA news agency confirms.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Police arrest 12 people protesting against Amazon doing business with ICE

## Energy/resources ##
Argentina's Shale Boom In Jeopardy
The Coming M&A Wave In U.S. Shale
The world's largest oilfield services companies warned of write-downs and consolidation due to a slowdown in the U.S. shale industry.
Renewables are a product of the industrial system and demand the same costs as other modes of large-scale energy supply. How do advocates intend to build and run a renewable energy system large enough to run a global civilization, and do that without exploiting those who do the system's "dirty work"? -- RF
Oil prices and the coming financial 'Ice Age'
A perceptive essay which combines the work of two people to show how the clock is running down on the oil industry. The crucial determining factor, of course, is that the net energy provided by oil has fallen below the level needed to maintain what we've already built. -- RF
Seriously, how likely is that to happen? -- RF
Getty heiress donates £500,000 to fund that backs Extinction Rebellion
The heiress Aileen Getty has donated nearly £500,000 to Extinction Rebellion, claiming "disruption" is necessary for climate action progress.
How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage
The evolution of the plastic bottle from amazing to scourge of land and sea has played out inside of a generation.
We sure could use some global cooling, but I'm still waiting. Besides, most modern humans absolutely hate naturally growing vegetation. If plants are supposed to absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere, people need to get over their love affair with chainsaws, weedkillers, concrete, and burning. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Amazon's Ring camera raises civil liberties concerns: U.S. senator
This won't last long. Governments will simply ban anything which thwarts facial recognition systems. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
That the entire stock market rally rests on empty rumors and recycled central bank happy talk is beyond pathetic.
In the future, as in the past, all able-bodied people will work. "Retirement" is a short, one-time period in human history. -- RF
Here's Who Owns the Most Land in America
The 100 largest private landowners in the U.S. own 40 million acres—an area the size of Florida.
Albertsons Companies joins supermarkets in changing guns policy

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