Tuesday, September 18, 2018


News Links, September 19, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The beginning of the end of the dollar
Record global debt: What it means for the next crisis
David Stockman Exposes The "$20 Trillion Elephant In The Room"
We're All Speculators Now
One of the most perverse consequences of the central banks "saving the world" (i.e. saving banks and the super-wealthy) is the destruction of low-risk investments: we're all speculators now, whether we know it or acknowledge it.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia and Turkey agree to create buffer zone in Syria's Idlib
Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region from which "radical" rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart.
Syria - The Rationale Behind The Delay Of Idleb's Liberation
South Korean president lands in North Korea for latest summit
China's military and economic power 'cannot be denied' and US 'has to make room'
The United States needs to make room for China as a rising military power in the Asia-Pacific region, even if a declining U.S. presence there reduces stability, according to an expert.
Forget Putin, Trump is Acting in Every Way Like Netanyahu's Manchurian Candidate
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; pulling out of the Iran agreement; defunding UNRWA, and closing the PLO mission in D.C.: every Trump administration move satisfies the objectives of the Israeli government while not benefiting the United States in the least.
Air Force head in favor of boosting number of space warfighting squadrons ahead of Space Force split
Apart from the arguments about whether boosting the number of squadrons or other military expansion is good or necessary, we know from history and common sense that it's simply unsustainable. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
U.S. to Slash Refugee Admissions to 30,000 Next Year

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Ethiopia: Thousands protest after deadly ethnic violence

## Energy/resources ##
Can India Afford To Cut Iranian Imports To Zero?

## Got food? ##
People with no experience in growing their own food have no idea how much back-breaking labor, fertilizer, and land they will need to be self-sufficient. Further, farming technique is also a must. How do you deal with insects and disease? Do you know the planting and harvesting windows for each crop as dictated by nature? "Dumb farmer" is a common epithet aimed at rural people, but I guarantee you that a stupid person cannot be a successful farmer because growing food is half physical labor and half brainwork. I highly recommend reading this and lots more if you plan to grow food in the coming post-SHTF world. -- RF
Philippines says typhoon destroys 250,000 tons of paddy rice
Meanwhile, highly destructive humans are over 7 billion and counting. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia reveals the MH17 'smoking gun'
Defense Ministry provides missile engine evidence, shifting blame to the Ukrainian military
New Mexico sues Google, Twitter for illegally collecting data on children

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Introduction to the "World's Fragile Economic Condition"
Japan hopes to maintain ties with Iran, on which it depends for crude oil imports.

## UK ##

## US ##
The Imminent Hard Stop
There is an imminent hard stop to jobs growth in the US and a like resultant problem to growth in consumption and economic activity.
1.1 trillion reasons to remember state and local bond obligations
America's Obesity Problem Is Getting Even Worse
Imagine how people are going to lose weight in the post-SHTF world! -- RF

Sunday, September 16, 2018


News Links, September 17, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Debt Burdens Are Eating Up a Growing Share of Canadian Incomes
Trump Tells Aides to Proceed With $200 Billion in Tariffs on China
Despite talks with China, Trump instructs aids to place $200 billion in tariffs on China. Another $267 billion on deck.
Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk
State of European Banks: The ECB View vs Reality
The ECB would like you to believe the European banking system is sound and banks are better regulated. They aren't.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
EU nations mull clearing house to avoid Iran sanctions: reports
Germany, France and Britain are mulling setting up a new financial institution to allow EU trade with Iran to continue despite American sanctions renewed by US President Donald Trump, German media reported Friday.
France wonders: Can we always count on American support?
The U.S. is a close and valued ally to France, but the European country seeks continentwide strategic autonomy in defense and security, with a stronger and more cooperative industrial base, said French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.
Why John Bolton Really Hates the International Criminal Court
When Bolton expresses his desire to "strangle the ICC in its cradle," what he really means is he wants US troops to be able to murder babies in their cradles with impunity.
ISIS Ambushes US-Backed Kurdish Forces in Eastern Syria, Killing at Least 20
The Dike Breaks - Netherland Ends Support For "White Helmets" Terrorist Propaganda
US energy chief: sanctions possible on new Russia pipeline
The United States could impose sanctions on a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday during a visit to Moscow.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Germany ready to sign migrant return deal with Italy
After reaching similar deals with Spain and Greece, the German interior minister said a deal with Italy for the return of migrants is ready for signing. According to some reports, however, Rome is far from satisfied.
Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Wednesday that "Europe belongs to the Europeans" and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands of students march in Mexico to protest violence
Germany is finding that it's not easy to keep industrial society firing on all cylinders without fossil fuels. -- RF
The US sanctions both Russia and Iran, and now begs Russia to do something about high oil prices! -- RF
Lots of humans consuming lots of food — too much food, judging by all those bulging bodies. But according to world leaders, we need still more people and still more consumption. -- RF
For the benefit of the hordes of humans confined to their concrete jungles. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Lynch Mob Mentality (Craig Murray)
I was caught in a twitterstorm of hatred yesterday, much of it led by mainstream media journalists like David Aaronovitch and Dan Hodges, for daring to suggest that the basic elements of Boshirov and Petrov's story do in fact stack up. What became very plain quite quickly was that none of these people had any grasp of the detail of the suspects' full twenty minute interview, but had just seen the short clips or quotes as presented by British corporate and state media.
Why aren't the mainstream media asking these questions? That is their job. After all, journalism is supposed to be "investigative," isn't it? It just goes to show that the corporate media are little more than propaganda mouthpieces for governments. Despite extensive reading on this subject, so far I haven't seen a shred of evidence showing that the Russian state or individual Russians had anything to do with the Skripal affair. As far as I can see based on the "evidence" presented publicly so far, the British government has no case at all. -- RF
Despite numerous warnings and obstacles, Cyprus continues to assist Russia in investigating the finances of Bill Browder.  This has resulted in letters of warning to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades as well as lawsuits by Browder citing the investigation violates his human rights.
"A real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun," Mattis wrote. "We have been fighting on this planet for 5000 years and we should take advantage of their experience.
Does that sound wise? It sounds to me as if Mattis — and his counterparts around the world — have learned nothing despite all their reading, and will keep humanity mired in perpetual war. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
ThinkProgress Censored By Facebook After Cheerleading Facebook Censorship
U.S. Secretary Of State Criticizes Iran-Chinese Oil Ties
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for staying silent on reports of China violating the human rights of Muslim minorities, accusing Iran of turning a blind eye because China is Iran's number-one oil customer.
If Pompeo is so concerned about human rights, why doesn't he launch a barrage of criticism and a round of sanctions against Saudi Arabia? -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Massachusetts gas explosions shine spotlight on century-old pipelines
Thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts are leak-prone and need repair, utilities have told state regulators, highlighting aging energy infrastructure risks after explosions ripped through three towns outside of Boston this week.
This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism
As the era of cheap energy comes to an end, capitalist thinking is struggling to solve the huge problems facing humanity. So how do we respond?
It doesn't matter. Governments have invested everything in the current high-consumption system. Furthermore, all countries' citizens will insist on maintaining it, and refuse to believe that it cannot be done. Therefore, governments will take all possible measures (including war) to prop up the system, ultimately running their countries into the ground. Welcome to the collapse. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked
Regional utility Hokkaido Electric Power is rushing to repair broken generators and bring on idle power plants, but those efforts will come up against the brutal reality of winter in Hokkaido, where temperatures can reach as low as minus 41 Celsius (minus 42 Fahrenheit).

Mr Busby is a regular expert for Russian state sponsored channel RT and has previously claimed Britain may be behind the Salisbury poisoning.

America's problem isn't a lack of deficit spending/consumption. America's problems are profoundly structural.
Millions of Americans still trapped in debt-logged homes ten years after crisis
Gas utilities have come under heightened scrutiny in recent years for an aging network of pipelines that critics say are not being properly inspected and maintained, posing a growing risk to public safety.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


News Links, September 14, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
$250 Trillion in Debt: the World's Post-Lehman Legacy
The Next Financial Crisis Is Right on Schedule (2019)
Neither small business nor the bottom 90% of households can afford this "best economy ever."

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
America moves closer to being a cashless society

## Airline death spiral ##
TSA Decides The Path To Flight Safety Runs Through A Passenger's Prosthetic Leg
Or maybe the real problem is just too much air travel. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Destroyer Enters Mediterranean As Syria Tensions Build; Carrier On Standby
It's deja-vu all over again in Syria, with the U.S. on the verge of a confrontation with Russia as Donald Trump faces his biggest decision yet as president.
Who will sanction the US for meddling in the elections of other countries? -- RF
U.S. Again Cries 'Chemical Warfare' in Syria (Scott Ritter)
Officials still can't confirm there was a gas attack in April. So on what grounds do they predict a new one?
Why the U.S. Seeks to Hem in Russia, China and Iran
America's three principal adversaries signify the shape of the world to come: a post-Western world of coexistence. But neoliberal and neocon ideology is unable to to accept global pluralism and multipolarity.

## Migrants/refugees ##

## Energy/resources ##
Wind energy reaching turning point as turbines age
The North American wind industry will reach a turning point in three years when the industry begins to spend more on operations and maintenance than it spends on installing new wind turbines.
This is presented as a big "green business opportunity," but the industry fill find that dependence on fossil fuels includes not only making and installing wind turbines, but also maintaining, decommissioning, dismantling, and recycling them. -- RF
Chopping down forests in a desperate bid to prop up unsustainable consumption. -- RF
India is actually expanding its economic ties with Iran. It is not only increasing its oil imports from the country but making infrastructure investments in it.

## Solutions ##
Dealing With Dead Bodies When the SHTF

## Environment/health ##
Whole grain foods could help prevent type 2 diabetes
"This is a capitalist economy....We have to make money when we can."

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Internet group backs 'national' data privacy approach
A Few Items Related To Syria (Moon of Alabama)

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Skripal and Syria... The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia
The Plot Against Trump
Since there is no limit to what the ruling class will do to "get" Trump, there is no telling what person, agency or group actually wrote the "anonymous" New York Times article.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Driverless Cars and the Cult of Technology

## Japan ##
Japan eyes weekday-only mail deliveries

## China ##
It's not just the US: around the world, doors are shutting on Chinese investment
From Germany to Britain to Canada, other nations have joined the United States in resisting the sale of technology companies to Chinese firms because of security concerns

## UK ##
Britain reports two separate cases of rare monkeypox infection
Do you enjoy driving trucks through the gaping holes in official narratives? If so, you can thank the Metropolitan Police for their new story about the men who supposedly tried to murder the Skripals. -- RF
The Strange Russian Alibi (Craig Murray)
To sum up, so far the UK government has presented no evidence to show that the Russians are anything but tourists who just happened to visit Salisbury at that time, and no evidence that they had anything to do with the Skripal case. -- RF

## US ##
The employment report is unquestionably the most manipulated economic report issued by the Government.
The Terrible Fact about Real Earnings of Men
Russia the main suspect in U.S. diplomats' illness in Cuba: NBC
Well, who else would it be? Of course it's America's favorite bogeyman! -- RF
Deer Hunting with Jesus (book review)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


News Links, September 12, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The end of population growth and subsequent reversals in these wealthy nations ushers in an era of economic decline unlike the contemporary world has ever seen.
Financial Times explains why it can't report gold price rigging
It's the cornerstone of the rigging of all markets, and exposing it would overthrow the world financial system.
A decade after Lehman, Europe remains on economic crutches
A significant decline in the semiconductor sector is inevitable, says tech expert
The semiconductor sector is set for a significant decline soon, and it would have happened even if the U.S. and China were not engaged in a trade war, said a semiconductor analyst at CLSA.
Turkey, Argentina, Other Emerging Markets Hit BBVA
After the euro debt crisis, Spain's alpha-lender sought greener pastures in the Emerging Markets. That bet is coming home to roost.
The repatriated cash is highly unlikely to create many jobs. Most of it will eventually go to buybacks and dividends.

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Wall Street regulators take multiple actions against cryptocurrency firms
Two Wall Street regulators on Tuesday announced a series of actions, including levying fines, against companies involved with cryptocurrencies, in a flurry of activity reflecting efforts to monitor the popular and unregulated asset class.
Founder Of World's Second Largest Crypto Exchange Arrested By Shanghai Police
"Fuel prices are up over 33% this year," JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes told Skift last week at the Aviation Festival in London. "You end up having to pass those on.
So far, the U.S. has mustered no response to China's and Russia's widening assault on America's global stature.
I don't agree with everything here (for example, the "given" that the US is a democracy), but there are some interesting tidbits. -- RF
The new forces will be on top of the roughly 33,000 American forces already stationed in Germany.
Imbalance in NATO spending between US and Europe is no accident
A German security expert analyzes America's stated and true objectives and finds that US strategic dominance and unequal burden-sharing are two sides of the same coin.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##

## Energy/resources ##
The whole boom was fake. It didn't add to wealth; it subtracted from it. Accumulated losses over the last five years tote to more than $200 billion, with $36 billion lost in the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota alone.
Trump's sanctions on Iran could push oil prices above $100 per barrel
Caracas plunges into massive blackout
IAEA: ‪Global Nuclear Power Industry Is 'Struggling'
Nuclear power's share of the world's power generating mix could shrink dramatically from 10% in 2017 to just 5.6% in 2050 as the industry struggles with "reduced competitiveness," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suggested in a new report.
India Has No Deal To Replace Iranian Oil With U.S. Crude
India will be looking at the economics—and not the politics—of importing U.S. crude oil, and Indian imports of American oil should not be seen as a replacement for Iranian barrels, India's BusinessLine reports, quoting a senior Indian government official.

## Solutions ##
There Is No "Perfect" Location for Preppers: You MUST Make the Best of Where You Are

## Environment/health ##
Wind and Solar Farms Could Make it Rain Regularly in the Sahara Desert
But the "make hotter" part doesn't sound good. -- RF
Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria
As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How the U.S. Does Propaganda
That Time CNN Staged A Fake Interview With A Syrian Child For War Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
How Things Fall Apart: Extremes Aren't Stable
A funny thing happens on the way to stabilizing things by doing more of what's failed: the system becomes even more unstable, brittle and fragile.

## Japan ##
Japanese firms dealing with Russia feel little impact from U.S. sanctions: Sumitomo
Japanese firms dealing with Russia were experiencing little impact from U.S. sanctions on Moscow, but it was possible that they may also be sanctioned by the United States, the managing executive officer of Sumitomo Corporation said on Tuesday.
Russia, Japan agree to develop industrial facility for $800 million
When the great cities crash — as they most certainly will — villages will be our mainstay. -- RF
China's belt and road projects 'narrow economic inequalities within countries'
Chinese development finance corresponds to rises in subnational GDP, suggests report by US researchers
Half Million Humans Slaughtered, $4 Trillion Wasted Since 9/11 and Al Qaeda is Stronger Than Ever
After 17 years, there is no sign that the War on Terror is ending anytime soon—but there is evidence that Al Qaeda is stronger than ever, thanks to the U.S.
There aren't enough doctors to go around
The United States will face a shortage of anywhere between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030, according to a study released earlier this summer by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Pentagon Misleads American Public on the Afghan War
17 years into the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has gone through several periods of trying to sell the American public on the idea that the war isn't a disastrous failure. This is increasingly difficult, because the war is going really badly.
What's Going On in the Used Car & Truck Market?
Wholesale prices spike to record. Consumers, struggling with affordability, switch from new to used.

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