Thursday, February 13, 2020


News Links, February 14, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Bankers in Asia brace for a virus-related deal drought
With Facebook, Intel, Cisco, Sprint, Amazon, Nvidia, LG, Sony, Rakuten, Ericsson, Nokia, etc. out, the gig was up. Other big conferences in trouble too. Tourism industry is reeling.
Southwest again delays expected return date for Boeing Max
Southwest Airlines is bowing to reality and removing the grounded Boeing 737 Max from its schedule even longer — another two months, until Aug. 10

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US to seek more help from NATO to counter Islamic State
Where Could the US Put Its Post-INF Missiles?
It would be a hard slog to get allies to agree to any sort of basing agreement.
Media Presents Anger and Jeers Against Juan Guaido as Hometown Hero's Welcome
Upon his return to Venezuela, Juan Guaido was greeted by an enraged mob hectoring, jeering and manhandling him, kicking his car and covering him in water and other liquids.
America and Israel Against the World

## Energy/resources ##
Green Hydrogen Is Right Around The Corner
Hydrogen is often touted as a green and nearly inexhaustible source of clean energy.
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: Hydrogen is not an energy source! It's energy illiteracy like this that makes people believe in the impossible. -- RF
With each passing week, the shale industry reveals more financial stress.

Car 'splatometer' tests reveal huge decline in number of insects
Research shows abundance at sites in Europe has plunged by up to 80% in two decades
Jeremy Grantham warns eventually only the rich will procreate as chemicals leave the poor sterile
"If we do not ban whole classes of chemicals in the next 10 years, we will face a crash in the number of new births," GMO co-founder Jeremy Grantham said in a letter.
Deepwater Horizon oil spill was bigger than previously thought, study finds
• Coronavirus
That goes for any contagious disease, and who knows what deadly virus or bacterial infection will be next on this grossly overcrowded planet? But the world's leaders are telling us we need still more people! -- RF
Coronavirus could infect two-thirds of globe, researcher says

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
There are no "good guys." -- RF
U.N. lists 112 companies with West Bank settlement ties
The release Wednesday of a list of 112 companies with ties to Israel's West Bank settlements was praised by Palestinian leaders and condemned by Israel.

## China ##
'Like mosquitoes': Extinction Rebellion plans surprises for City of London
Activist group Extinction Rebellion plans to send mosquito-like swarms of protesters to disrupt financial, accountancy and media firms in London this year to mobilise broader popular support for transformative action against climate change.
Jeremy Corbyn praises Julian Assange and calls for extradition to US to be halted
PM refuses to comment on looming case - but agrees extradition treaty between the two countries is 'unbalanced'
Banksy plays with violence and innocence in Valentine's Day graffiti

Family members steal painkillers from dying relatives, study says
In another sign of just how bad the U.S. opioid abuse epidemic has become, a new study finds family members often steal painkillers from dying relatives in hospice care.

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