Tuesday, January 07, 2020


News Links, January 8, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

What irony! Here's the dude with the huge nuclear arsenal talking. -- RF
South Korea's Moon cites 'desperate need' for ways to improve ties with North
• Iran/Iraq
The Mistaken Memo That Turned The Pentagon On Its Side
The US withdrawal from Iraq isn't happening today, but the existence of a leaked draft memo to Iraqi military officials shows that the writing is not only on the wall, it's on paper.

## Energy/resources ##
You don't say! Trump's Soleimani Assassination: It's All about the Oil
In addition to the substantially higher energy inputs that renewables require, they also need energy storage. This is another cost that the fossil-fuel energy regime does not require. This article, like innumerable others, trumpet the falling costs of batteries, which is not a bad thing. But no matter how cheap batteries become, they will never be free. And proponents don't always consider the costs of recovering and recycling end-of-life batteries. The need for storage is just one of the reasons why energy from renewables can never do what fossil fuels have. BTW, the surplus energy delivered by fossil fuels has been steadily declining for decades, and that's the main reason why civilization is going to hell in a handbasket. -- RF
Unsustainable! -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
War With Iran (Chris Hedges)
Pompeo tiptoes away from talk of 'imminent' attack planned by Iran's Soleimani
Financial N-option will settle Trump's oil war (Pepe Escobar)
On foreign soil, as a guest nation, US has assassinated a diplomatic envoy whose mission the US had requested

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
A Video Tweeted by Pompeo Was Authentic. His Description Was Misleading.

Seventy-one ha to be plastered over with something I guarantee is unsustainable. -- RF
Plenty of room for more humans, but not for other species. -- RF
That's great news, but it won't save industrial society. -- RF
The undisputed winners here are big corporations. After the cut passed, the number of companies paying zero in taxes has roughly doubled, according to research from the Center for Public Integrity.
It's called the art of the deal. -- RF
The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict makes it a war crime to target cultural sites.

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