Sunday, February 09, 2020


News Links, February 10, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Taken to its logical solution, if the US starts slapping tariffs on all the products its domestic industries can't compete against, we are looking at the complete collapse of global trade as we know it.
The size of any population (from humans to bacteria) is governed primarily by the availability of the energy supply which sustains that population. Under the declining-net-energy regime, human fertility and birth rates are plummeting, and will continue to do so. -- RF
Strangely, the Federal Reserve and like central banks, in conjunction with federal governments, are making money ever cheaper with the aim of a continuation in global productive the face of fast declining populations that do all the consuming.  We are officially in a farcical period of fiscal lunacy and monetary policy in the face of depopulation among the global consumer base.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US slaps sanctions on Venezuela state airline

## Migrants/refugees ##
How to Make Climate Refugee Protections a Reality

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Moscow Activists Protest Widespread Facial Recognition With Face Paint
Proponents perhaps don't stop to think about all the fossil-fuel energy used to produce that 2 billion tons of waste. Waste-to-energy merely recovers a small part of the energy which comes from a dying system. There is no future in this. -- RF
To industrial civilization, all this doesn't amount to a hill of beans. -- RF

## Got food? ##
These Drugs are in US Meat But Not on the Label

The short answer is no — Mother Gaia has no attachment to humans in particular. You're on your own. -- RF
U.S. energy secretary hopes Mexico, Canada will help export American coal
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Friday that Canada and Mexico could help export U.S. coal to Asia to get around the blocking of shipments by West Coast states concerned about the impact of the fuel on climate change.
'We're definitely not prepared': Africa braces for new virus
The new virus that has spread across China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an outbreak

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Twitter says Facebook, Messenger accounts hacked

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Despite leaking credibility like a sieve, chemical weapons watchdog doubles down on Douma narrative
Netflix Reveals It Removed These 9 Films At Foreign Government Requests

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Since The National Archives Can't Keep Up With Incoming Records, Agencies Have Been Given Permission To Rewrite Their Own Histories
The principal culprit for this overspending isn't the actual threats we face, it's the threats foreign policy elites imagine. The Pentagon's misguided National Defense Strategy, for example, never met a threat it couldn't inflate or a challenge it didn't see as requiring a military solution. 

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