Sunday, June 28, 2020


News Links, June 29, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
2020 Economic Predictions: This Series of Unfortunate Events Guarantees the Epocalypse
UK Shopping Mall Giant Intu Collapses
US economic recovery stalled in June: Google data
Asean leaders 'wary of putting all eggs into Chinese basket' as they try to revive economies
Southeast Asian nations are now China's biggest trading partner but it's a balancing act, according to analysts
World Trade Plunges. Here's Why it's Even Worse in Reality: China's Deep-Fake Data Comes to Light
But the downturn in the goods-based sectors started in 2018. US exports are now down 37% from that peak, imports down 25%.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
ExxonMobil Readies To Make Major Job Cuts
The real revelation of the former national security advisor's memoir is that he placed Israeli and Saudi interests ahead of America's—by successfully undermining any U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran.
Iraq arrests over a dozen men suspected of attacks targeting American military presence

## Energy/resources ##
Recall alert: Nearly 60k pounds of chicken nuggets recalled for possible rubber contamination

## Environment/health ##
Activists Urge US Dept of Agriculutre to Deny Deadly New Monsanto GMO-Herbicide Combo
The US is considering approving the product even as Monsanto juggles multiple multi-million dollar lawsuits from cancer patients over its deadly Roundup herbicide.
Only healthy alternative to smoking is quitting, study says
Smoking is terrible for your heart and lungs, and simply switching to e-cigarettes won't do much good, a major new analysis finds.
And it will be the same for the O&G industry, and the nuclear power industry. As industrial society winds down, the money for remediation and restoration will disappear and the planet will be littered with toxic and radioactive waste, leaking wells, nuclear reactor meltdowns, mountains and seas of plastic, and what have you. Cleanup? Fuhgeddaboudit! -- RF
• Coronavirus

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange (Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture)
Mass-Tracking COVI-PASS Immunity Passports Slated to Roll Out in 15 Countries
COVI-PASS will determine whether you can go to a restaurant, if you need a medical test, or are due for a talking-to by authorities in a post-COVID world. Consent is voluntary, but enforcement will be compulsory.
Facebook Loophole Allows Climate Deniers to Spread Misinformation
The India-China, Himalayan Puzzle
The Indo-China border is a strategic chessboard and it's gotten way more complex.
"If Trump's America struggles so much to help itself, how can it be expected to help anyone else?"

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
McCarthyism Down Under
The journalistic standards at the New York Times and Washington Post must be below zero to publish such nonsense without requesting real evidence.
Biden likewise requires no actual evidence. He just needs some ammunition to use against Trump. Both of these men are absolutely disgusting. It'll be another election with a choice between two equally awful alternatives. -- RF
That could be true because, to all indications so far, the story appears to be concocted. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Capitalism is destroying 'safe operating space' for humanity, warn scientists
New scientific research confirms that capitalism's structural obsession with endless growth is destroying the very conditions for human survival on planet Earth.
Beijing's Mystery Security Law Will Be a Giant Tell about Hong Kong's Future
Sense of Foreboding in Hong Kong. Beijing's black-box approach doesn't bode well for local freedoms.
Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

## UK ##
Mall Giant Intu Collapses Into Bankruptcy
A zombie well before the pandemic, the UK company had racked up huge debts to finance rapid growth in a sector that had started shrinking some time ago.
Escape to the country: Londoners more than twice as likely to be planning to move due to coronavirus, survey finds

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