Sunday, January 12, 2020

 

News Links, January 13, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US Auto Imports from Mexico Hit Record, but Mexico's Global Auto Exports Fall for First Time since 2009
GM shifts even more production to Mexico (even as its US sales fall). But Ford's imports from Mexico plunge. FCA's, Audi's, Nissan's down too.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China has far too many people and is having trouble feeding them. In fact, just about every country has too many humans. The problem will not be solved until humans learn to overcome their lizard brains and think rationally. -- RF
• Iran/Iraq
"It is clear that we are in a completely different position from the United States."
Trump's repeated sanctions and illegal occupations prove once again why Europe desperately needs euro-based accounts to avoid Trump's illegal sanctions.
Trump moves to de-escalate Iran crisis
'Iran's offensive missiles cannot be defended against; it hugs the ground going underneath the radar screens'

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands protest against Poland's plan to discipline judges
But to truly compete with fossil fuels, renewables must also reach 'thermal parity'.  It still remains significantly cheaper to produce heat with oil, gas or coal than with a wind turbine or a solar panel.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
There's No Evidence Iran Is Responsible for the Deaths of Hundreds of Americans
The assertions being repeated today seem based on apparently groundless claims from twelve years ago by the same people who said Iraq possessed weapons, weapons programs, and weapons systems that were such a grave threat that they ignited the U.S.-Iraq war.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Trump Allies Propose New Network to Compete With Fox
Fox News is not pro-Trump enough for Trump allies. Their solution is something that amounts to a Trump News Network.
Instagram and Facebook removing pro-Soleimani posts

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Segway Creates Self-Balancing Stroller For 'Too-Fat-To-Walk' Americans
80,000 tunnels, bridges and other road projects in need of quick fix
Nearly 80,000 tunnels, bridges and other vital components of the nation's road infrastructure are in a dire state and badly in need of repair, the government says.
Hydrogen to fuel Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame
To be perfectly clear, this is about as revolutionary as powering a light bulb with a battery. -- RF
China's Cellphone Shipments Plunged 14.7% in December

## UK ##
Minister says Britain must reduce military dependence on U.S. - report
But in unusually frank comments, Wallace said fears that the United States under President Donald Trump would pursue increasingly isolationist policies kept him awake at night, according to the Sunday Times.

## US ##
The new rate is "below the level needed for a generation to replace itself."
Various reasons are cited, but not the main one: net energy decline. An expert is quoted as saying, "France has a higher fertility rate now than the U.S. and it's because they provide lots of support to families." What this means is that France is — directly or indirectly — expending more energy on families. -- RF
Forty-eight million Americans incurred some debt during the 2019 holiday season. Local shoppers say gift-giving is more of a financial burden than travel or extra food expenses.
'Evangelicals for Trump' was an awful display by supposed citizens of the Kingdom of God
Trump mocked his enemies, trafficked in half-truths, instilled fear and expressed zero humility. My fellow evangelicals loved every minute of it.
Religion can be twisted into any shape one likes, to serve any agenda. -- RF
409Ks, 90% Gains, The Fed and Darth Vader's Warning
The worship of mortals as demi-gods and faith in Golden Idols triggers a turn in the karmic wheel as near-infinite hubris invites divine retribution.




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