Sunday, October 06, 2019


News Links, October 7, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World's Best-Run Pension Funds Say It's Time to Start Worrying
Greece Never Really Recovered from Its Financial Crisis
GM, Ford, BMW, VW, Honda Shift More Production to Mexico. Auto Imports Surge Despite Decline in US Sales
But Mexican exports to other countries plunge, tripped up by global auto slowdown.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##

## Airline death spiral ##
Airline bankruptcies surge, leaving rivals vying for planes
Airline bankruptcies have increased this year at the fastest ever rate, led by the collapse of India's Jet Airways, British travel group Thomas Cook and Avianca of Brazil, according to industry data.
"Darkening Outlook For Trade" - Global Air Cargo Rates Continue To Plummet, Hit 4-Year Low
Pilot shortage in Colorado and U.S. looms as current flyers are aging out and trainees face steep costs
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Hundreds of Russian Mercenaries Now in Venezuela, US Admiral Says
Nobody's Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents
Despite concern inside the U.S. about rising authoritarianism, Chas W. Freeman Jr says what we are really witnessing is the retreat of representative democracy, constitutionalism, secularism and a rule-bound international order.
• War on Iran
• War on Venezuela

## Migrants/refugees ##
Trump restricts entry for migrants without means to get health insurance

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hong Kong metro stays shut after night of violent protests

## Energy/resources ##
Leaving the leaves is not enough. The world needs to go further and end the Cult of the Lawn. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
China, Russia Deepen Technological Ties
With joint dialogues, incubators, and technology parks, Beijing and Moscow are seeking to overcome deficiencies and compete with the United States.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Spooks Turned Spox: US Media Now Filled With Former Intelligence Agents
Singapore to decide what's fake and what's real
New fake news law will strictly curb online freedoms but big foreign tech firms like Facebook are willing to play along

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution
Big tech claims AI and digitization will bring a better future. But putting computers everywhere is bad for people and the planet

## Japan ##
Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics
With less than a year to go until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, organizers fear they may not be able to recruit enough security staff and are looking to the Self-Defense Forces and sophisticated facial recognition systems for help.

Second Ukraine Whistleblower Comes Forward With "Firsthand Knowledge"
Trump Wants to Shrink the National Security Council
In the wake of the whistleblower complaint at the heart of the biggest threat to his presidency to date, President  Donald Trump has "ordered a substantial reduction in the staff" at the National Security Council, Bloomberg reported late Friday night.

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