Thursday, October 03, 2019


News Links, October 4, 2019

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Visa, Mastercard reconsider backing Facebook's Libra, report says

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Military Officials Who Knew Saudi Arabia Would Fail
Privately they've been saying for years that Riyadh can't win in Yemen and that we shouldn't have given the Houthis up.
Israel is trying to hide its arms sales to Duterte's Philippines
Israel continues to sell arms to the world's most oppressive regimes, but the courts won't let the media cover the story.
Hypersonic Weapons & National Insecurity
Weapons that move five times the speed of sound  are driving the latest phase of an arms race that not only never ends, but is constantly generating new global risks.
Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad in push to resurrect peace deal
The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago.
• War on Iran
Ships with 1 million tonnes of grain stuck outside Iran's ports in payment crisis
More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as U.S. sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country's efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.
Iran: Trump to Blame for Failure of French-Brokered Call

## Migrants/refugees ##
President Trump talked about shooting migrants, using alligators at the border, according new book

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##

## Energy/resources ##
Shipping U.S. Oil To Asia Just Got A Lot More Expensive
Shipping rates for oil tankers leaving the United States bound for Asia jumped to three-year highs after Washington sanctioned several Chinese tanker operators for alleged violations of Iran oil sanctions.
A short but meaty and informative article outlining the oil industry's increasingly grim situation. -- RF
That's highly likely because humanity will be using much less electricity by then. -- RF
A million- or billion-mile battery won't change anything because what matters is whether the primary energy source is concentrated (like fossil fuels) or dilute (like renewables). Keep in mind that a battery is just a way of storing energy. -- RF

Growing Your Own Groceries — How to turn your backyard into a food production system
Just one thing: You are not going to become an instant farmer. Countless challenges lurk everywhere. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israel
A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Pentagon-funded researcher smears 'The Management of Savagery' in error-filled Times Literary Supplement screed
Lydia Wilson, a researcher at a US Department of Defense-backed outfit, has taken to the Times Literary Supplement to publish a malicious attack on "The Management of Savagery." The review is a hyper-ideological defense of US empire filled with distortions and bone-headed errors. 

• War on Huawei
More than 20% of our nation's rural hospitals, or 430 hospitals across 43 states, are near collapse.
Car Dealers Make More Profit On Loans Than Selling Cars
A third of auto loans in 2019 had a term period over six years. People cannot afford the cars they are buying.
The road to Gilead is paved with misguided (and unconstitutional) intentions. -- RF
And Pence would likely be the first president of Gilead. -- RF

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