Thursday, September 10, 2020


News Links, September 11, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
New Zealand Sees First Negative Bond Yield as Rate-Cut Bets Rise

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
12 mil. yen stolen via NTT Docomo's e-money service (Japan)

## Airline death spiral ##
U.S. bankruptcy judge rejects LATAM Airlines proposed $2.4 billion financing deal
American Airline's Envoy to close New York City bases, memo shows
How Long Will It Take For the Airline Industry to Recover?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Chinese Fighters Enter Taiwan's Airspace After Missile Tests
Trump says U.S. to cut Iraq troops to about 2,000 in 'very short' time
Iran begins expansive annual war games amid tensions with US
Houthi Drones, Missiles Strike Saudi Capital; Iran Eyes Israelis In UAE
A delegation of Israeli and Emirati intelligence officers arrived and examined locations for establishing planned intelligence bases on Socotra Island, designed to collect intelligence across the region, particularly from Bab Al-Mandab and south of Yemen, along with the Gulf of Eden and the Horn of Africa.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Sheriff's deputies, protesters clash again in South L.A. over shooting of Dijon Kizzee
Rochester Protesters Spell 'Murderers' In Red Paint Outside Police HQ
100 Nights of Resistance in Portland

## Energy/resources ##
Japan, U.S. to test methane hydrate extraction in Alaska
It's a waste of time, and likely environmentally damaging. The attempt to exploit such poor resources is a sign of desperation. -- RF
Turning waste into energy: How banana skins and manure are being re-used to help power homes
These are good efforts, but we shouldn't expect them to support our current extravagant industrial lifestyles. -- RF
IEA calls for 'dramatic' scaling up of clean energy tech to meet climate goals

## Got food? ##
1 in 10 Americans are struggling to afford enough food amid the pandemic

## Environment/health ##
96 large fires burn more than 3.4M acres in western United States
A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984 (US)
World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index
Study finds humans are behind costly, increasing risk of wildfire to millions of homes
People are starting almost all the wildfires that threaten U.S. homes, according to an innovative new analysis combining housing and wildfire data. Through activities like debris burning, equipment use and arson, humans were responsible for igniting 97% of home-threatening wildfires, a University of Colorado Boulder-led team reported this week in the journal Fire.
Climate change will ultimately cost humanity $100,000 per ton of carbon, scientists estimate
Record flooding hammers the African Sahel, the latest in a series of shocks
Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say
'Vicious little suckers': Massive clouds of mosquitoes kill cows, horses in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura
• Coronavirus
8,000 jumbo jets needed to deliver coronavirus vaccines globally, IATA warns

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Assange Trial Exposes False Partisan Narratives With Focus On Trump's War On Journalism
Hearing Adjourned to Monday While Lawyer Who Was in Court is Tested for Covid-19
Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 8
NSA Prepares Unclassified Threat Reports — From Home
Glenn Greenwald: Why The Media Is SILENT On Julian Assange's Trial (The Hill video)
Amazon names ex-NSA chief Keith Alexander to its board
Alexander ran the agency when Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing the depth of its surveillance programs.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
This Is How It Ends: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
While the Federal Reserve and the Billionaire Class push the stock market to new highs to promote a false facade of prosperity, everyday life will fall apart.
The Unraveling of America

## Japan ##
Japan's policy on strike capability could raise tensions in East Asia
Summer heat could be a nightmare for Tokyo Games: 2020 adviser
$113K stolen via NTT Docomo's e-money service

## China ##
China debates cutting US access to drugs as hostilities spike
Typhoons Ravage China's Bread Basket, Worrying Farmers
Poor drag anchor as Xi turns the economic ship
What Possible Disruption Is Coming That Requires China To Start Massive Stockpiling Of All Possible Commodities

## UK ##
Insurance market Lloyd's of London swings to loss after $3 billion in coronavirus claims
British warships extend their northern reach for Barents Sea drill

## US ##
Most voters don't see Trump and Biden as mentally fit to be president, new poll shows
But the current de facto one-party system traps people into voting for one of the two as a "lesser evil." -- RF
Harry Dunn's family sues American diplomat's wife over fatal 2019 collision
The article and the accompanying video both mistakenly say that Anne Sacoolas' husband was a diplomat. -- RF
'Greenhouse Gaslighting': Trump Declares Himself the #1 Environmental President
DHS Head Chad Wolf Adopts Language of War in Threats Against Portland Protesters
Study: Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg warns of Election Day-related violence, civil unrest
How California's wildfires could spark a financial crisis
Manhattan rental market plunges, leaving 15,000 empty apartments in August

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