Friday, January 10, 2020


News Links, January 11, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World Bank warns of global debt crisis following the fastest increase in borrowing since the 1970s
David Stockman on What Triggers the Next Financial Collapse
How Much Money Have Folks Already Lost Who Bought that Negative-Yielding 30-Year German Government Bond last August?
Is This Why Central Banks Are Rushing to Buy Gold?

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
SoftBank-backed delivery app Rappi lays off 6% of workers
Tech industry layoffs rose 351 percent in 2019. Is a recession looming?
Apache closing San Antonio office, cutting nearly 300 jobs
Liberty Steel: More than 350 jobs to go in Yorkshire and Wales

## Airline death spiral ##
'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators
U.S. regulator seeks to fine Boeing $5.4 million for defective parts on 737 MAX planes
Boeing supplier Spirit to lay off more than 20% of workforce in Kansas

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s
Why Did U.S. Missile Defense Fail In September's Saudi Oil Attack?
Key Point: Missile defense has always been mostly theoretical, and this doesn't look good.
United States calls for negotiations with Venezuela on forming transitional government
Unbelievable. -- RF
Russian Ship 'Aggressively' Approached Navy Destroyer in Arabian Sea, Officials Say
Iran Denies Missile Hit Plane, Calls on West to Share Data
Questions Surround Mysterious Plane Crash in Iran That Left 176 Dead
West's reluctance to share tech pushes Turkey further into Russian orbit
US further restricts air travel to Cuba to increase pressure: State Dept.
Libya's Haftar Rejects Russia-Turkey Ceasefire Plan After Huge Advances
• Iran/Iraq
Iraqi PM tells US to start working on troop withdrawal
US to join probe of Ukraine-bound plane crash, Iranian official says
Iran calls on Canada to hand over information on Crashed Ukrainian plane
US tried, failed to take out Iranian Quds leader in Yemen
The U.S. military tried, but failed, to take out another senior Iranian commander on the same day that an American airstrike killed the Revolutionary Guard's top general, U.S. officials said Friday.
Iran-backed militia calls for lone wolf attacks against US troops
In Iraq The U.S. Is Again An Occupation Force As It Rejects To Leave As Demanded
Trump administration hits Iran with new economic sanctions
EU warns Iran nuclear deal may collapse

## Migrants/refugees ##
Texas becomes first state to refuse refugees under Trump order
Russia Declares Ceasefire Deal With Turkey In Idlib To Stem Refugee Tide

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters gather in front of Facebook HQ to decry its policy of allowing lies in political ads
Thousands join protests over pension reform across France
Hundreds rally to demand resignation of Abkhazia's leader
How the US became a tear gas production powerhouse amid rising global unrest
Climate change protests stretch to London as Australia bushfires rage
'No War With Iran' Protesters Demonstrate Across U.S.

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Oil Producers Slash Jobs To Cut Costs
Low Gas Prices Crush Appalachia Shale Boom
India's oil demand growth set to overtake China by mid-2020s, IEA says
U.S. refinery sales hit the brakes, with 5% of capacity on block
From coast to coast, U.S. refineries are available for the taking, but nobody is buying.
Apple pushes recycling with robot, but mined metals still needed
Gulf nuclear ambition

## Got food? ##
Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

## Environment/health ##
Australian alpine resorts bring snow guns to firefight
Australia urges quarter of a million to flee as winds fan huge bushfires

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Mind-reading technology lets you control tech with your brain — and it actually works
Just imagine the potential for abuse. -- RF
Iranian Cyberattack Hits Bahrain Oil Company
Bolivia's New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors
The US-backed administration of Jeanine Añez is arresting prominent members of the press and even doctors in what it calls a "dismantling of the propaganda apparatus of the dictatorial regime of Evo Morales."
The Trump team's increasingly jumbled case for striking Qasem Soleimani
It has been nearly a week since the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, and the justification for the strike is still clear as mud.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Study Finds Bots and MAGA Supporters Pushing #IraniansDetestSoleimani Hashtag

## Japan ##
International Olympic Committee bans political gestures at Tokyo Games
Warm winter means lack of snow for famous Sapporo festival
Japan household spending falls again in November

## China ##
Authorities in Hong Kong seized nearly 4,000 cell phones from protesters, and activists are concerned that police are reading their messages and installing spyware

## UK ##
Britain advises against all travel to Iran
Liberty Steel to cut more than 350 jobs at speciality plants

## US ##
House votes to limit Trump's power to hit Iran militarily
Trump Looks To Speed Up Oil Pipeline Permits By Dropping Climate Reviews
As part of the Trump Administration's ongoing efforts to accelerate the permitting process for oil pipelines and other large infrastructure projects, the White House released on Thursday a plan to cut the timelines for such projects by omitting the assessment of a project's climate impact.
Violence against Jews a sign of increasing hate in the U.S.
U.S. Life Expectancy is Decreasing Drastically
White House considers expanding travel ban to more countries
Pelosi will send articles of impeachment to Senate next week
Revision Surprise: Wage Growth Negative For Production Workers
America's Climate Friendly E-Scooter Carnage

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