Wednesday, July 29, 2020


News Links, July 30, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Gold prices could hit $3,500 in two years, analyst says
WTO unlikely to get interim leader as U.S. insists on its candidate, causes impasse
Argentina may delay debt restructuring deadline amid impasse - source
It Is Time to Abandon Dollar Hegemony

## Airline death spiral ##
Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery
FedEx pilots want US company to suspend flights to Hong Kong, say Covid-19 measures present 'unacceptable risk'
Heathrow calls for coronavirus tests at airports
JetBlue CEO warns of 'day of reckoning' for airlines as coronavirus continues to devastate demand
Boeing slashes aircraft production plans, warns on new job cuts as coronavirus devastates travel
European air executives, airlines, urge Canada to safely restore travel

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Amid Escalating Tensions, US Warships Sail Just Miles off Coast of China
The moves are believed by experts to be information gathering operations, attempting to track the positions of Chinese submarines and pinpoint coastal defenses as the US increases the tension with Beijing.
Five Eyes alliance could expand in scope to counteract China
Esper Outlines Plan to Cut 12,000 US Troops From Germany
Boeing CEO confident in defense spending, no matter who wins the 2020 election
Defense industries know that one of the two War Party candidates always wins. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
The feds say they won't leave Portland until the violence stops. Privately, they concede they're fueling that violence.
Hundreds picket minister's home after he tells cops to quash anti-PM rallies (Israel)
Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Refiners Brace For Ugliest Losses In A Decade
French energy group Total books $8 billion asset impairments
Ocasio-Cortez Could Deal A Fatal Blow To U.S. Oil Pipelines

## Got food? ##
Decline of bees, other pollinators threatens US crop yields
The yield potential of wheat grown in controlled-environment vertical farms
Suggesting once again that we should not count on vertical farming for our food. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Carbon dioxide removal is critical in next decade, experts tell Congress
Air pollution 'greatest risk' to global life expectancy
Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on Earth by nearly two years, according to data released Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is "the greatest risk to human health".
• Coronavirus

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Israel Rolls Out Dystopian Cyber Espionage Award for US-Backed Digital Saboteurs
The myriad cybersecurity, AI, and IoT startups emerging out of Israel's state-funded organizations have extensive ties to American Fortune 100 companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others.
Bank of Japan speeds up work toward issuing digital currency
The Bank of Japan will begin substantive testing of digital currency it might one day issue as fears rise in the government and ruling Liberal Democratic Party that China could debut one first, posing a national security threat.
Floods hit northeastern Japan as major river bursts banks
Tokyo reports 250 new coronavirus cases; 60% in their 20s and 30s
Japan's troubled Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant clears safety screening

Plain clothes and unmarked vehicles... who are these people? If no uniforms, insignia, or marked vehicles are required, then theoretically anyone could get away with this. -- RF

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