Tuesday, November 19, 2019


News Links, November 20, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
China is building up its 'shadow reserves' to counter its reliance on the US dollar
Return of short-selling bans: market protection or 'war against truth'?
New moves to curb short-selling in some countries have set the stage for a renewed battle between free market advocates and authorities aiming to check investors they see as profiteers who destabilize major companies.
Deutsche Bank to Replace 18,000 Workers with Robots

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Globalist-Endorsed War on Cash May Be China's Next Terrifying Weapon
This has led to several articles identifying ways in which Western countries have learned from the CCP, including Europe's growing embrace of web censorship and growing interest in the social credit system rolled out in 2018.

## Airline death spiral ##
Dubai Airshow opens with paltry sales — only two jets sold amid tough market conditions
We know the airlines are really in trouble when they are under attack by "issues"! -- RF
"The (US-Iraq) gulf has never been so big, and keeps getting bigger," a senior Iraqi official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Pompeo: Israeli Settlements in West Bank Don't Violate International Law
In a move seen as a further blow to Palestinian hopes for statehood, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are in violation of international law.
US Threatens to Sanction Iraqi Officials Over Protest Crackdown
White House officials say that the US is prepared to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials if they are found to be involved in ongoing crackdowns against protesters in the country. They didn't name any specific targets for the   sanctions.
Another Failed US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela Goes Unnoticed
Despite heavy backing from US officials, the coup attempt fell completely flat as Venezuela's armed forces failed to defect to Juan Guaidó's side and few opposition protesters trickled into the streets.
The cost of maintaining world-girdling military forces has become prohibitively expensive for everyone in the age of net energy decline. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
U.S. Suspends More Oil and Gas Leases Over What Could Be a Widespread Problem
Fossil Fuel leases totaling hundreds of thousands of acres have been suspended as courts rule against the BLM for ignoring climate impact.
The biggest problem, not mentioned in the article, is that biofuels don't satisfy the three requirements for energy-supply systems. Proponents focus on perceived environmental benefits, but don't seem to notice that biofuels are useless for sustaining industrial society. -- RF
That's wonderful. But keep in mind this doesn't change the fundamental problem with renewables: Unlike fossil fuels, humans must provide all the energy inputs themselves. And that's a major factor in the demise of industrial civilization. -- RF
When the social order starts breaking down, the situation gets ugly fast. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
China Reports 3 Cases Of The Most Dangerous Type Of Plague

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Algorithmic Feudalism
Western Media Whitewash Bolivia's Far-Right Coup
The US Economy: All Roads Lead To Gold
If Not-QE Is QE, then is Not-a-Blowoff-Top a Blowoff Top?
Can $300 billion, or $600 billion, or even $1 trillion continue to prop up an increasingly risk-riddled, fragile $330 trillion global bubble in overvalued assets?
In 2011, 12% of millionaires were audited by the IRS. Now it's 3%.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


News Links, November 18, 2019

Is SoftBank's Bailout of WeWork Already in Trouble?
Tender Offer Didn't Happen. Bonds Plunge to Record Low. This comes after WeWork reported a $1.25 billion loss in Q3. Second thoughts about throwing so many good billions after bad?
Numbers show joke is on the US, not Huawei
US ban lit a fire under Huawei, seen taking lead in smartphones and awash in cash as bonds trade at a premium

The next time your flight is delayed, it might just be that there's no one to fly the plane.
'This could get a little ugly.' What to watch for at the NATO leaders summit
When the leaders of the 29 NATO nations gather in London at the start of December, the focus will nominally be on a celebration of the past and a look to the future. But analysts agree that as much as the event is billed as NATO's 70th birthday, politics could make the situation feel more like a funeral.
The problem is that no one can afford so many foreign garrisons any more. -- RF
China's Space Silk Road could pose a challenge to the US

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on 'yellow vest' protests anniversary
Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday as rallies to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government "yellow vest" demonstrations erupted into violence.
Putin Determined To Strengthen Ties With OPEC
Russia is in favor of a continued partnership with OPEC that does not need to be limited to oil production control, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said after the BRICS summit that took place in Brazil this week.

## Got food? ##
This is over a chicken sandwich. Just wait until the food riots start. -- RF
Survival is not a solo sport.
I have observed a number of times that as existing socioeconomic systems crumble, you don't stand much of a chance of surviving as a lone wolf. You want to be part of a mutually supportive community. -- RF
Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn
Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Erdogan Blasts US at White House. Was That Good for NATO?

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Le Mesurier Gets Cross (Craig Murray)

## US ##
Greatest Economy Ever: Small Businesses Forced To Use GoFundMe To Stay Solvent
Medicare-for-All "Socialism" Is Just Another Racket
The entire system of health needs to be re-organized from the ground up, and funding the rackets will only speed the collapse of the system.
US senator seeks foreign policy reset and sees 'clear and present danger' from China
Trump Admin Prepares to Seize Private Land for Border Wall
Officials hope to skip legal protection for landowners

Thursday, November 14, 2019


News Links, November 15, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Moody's cuts global sovereign rating outlook to "negative" for 2020

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
The Trump Administration seems entirely comfortable with this turn of events, endorsing the military takeover earlier this week and praising Anez for "stepping up" and declaring herself the new ruler.
Better not mess with the former Brazilian president; Putin and Xi are his real top allies in the Global Left
Trump And Zelensky Want Peace With Russia. The Fascists Oppose That.

Migrants huddle in the cold in makeshift camp in Bosnia
Authorities in northwestern Bosnia are threatening a curfew in two large local migrant camps to press the central government to relocate people to other parts of the country

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands of Poles join nationalist Independence Day march
Hundreds protest Erdogan visit to White House

While shale experts are knowledgeable of the typical 60-70% first-year decline rate of shale wells, not much is mentioned about the "compounded annual decline rate."

## Got food? ##
Sediment is a greater threat to small freshwater species than fertilizer runoff
Numerous studies have been dedicated to quantifying the environmental consequences of fertilizer runoff, but new research suggests sediment accumulation caused by industrial agriculture is a greater threat to insects, crustaceans and other water macroinvertebrates.
'Unnoticed Apocalypse': Dying Insects Put Humankind's Existence at Risk
The analysis conducted by Professor David Goulson, one of Britain's leading ecologists says that 50 percent of insects have perished since 1970 as a result of habitat loss and the heavy use of pesticides. Goulson notes that this number could be even higher.
Major fish nurseries are awash in microplastics
Which means larval fish are snacking on a lot of plastic.
Not to mention the difficulties with recycling end-of-life renewable energy hardware. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers' Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional
Government Must Have Reasonable Suspicion of Digital Contraband Before Searching People's Electronic Devices at the U.S. Border
Beware iPhone/iPad Users: Facebook Secretly Opens Camera Without Your Knowledge
Unfortunately he worked in a profession where you can very quickly move from an asset to a liability.
FBI Asks Congress To Permanently Reauthorize The Phone Record Collection The NSA Voluntarily Shut Down
The real Ukraine controversy: an activist U.S. embassy and its adherence to the Geneva Convention
The U.S. diplomats saw no problem in their actions, believing that it served the American interest in combating Ukrainian corruption. The Ukrainians viewed it far differently as an improper intervention in the internal affairs of their country that was forbidden by the Geneva Convention.
DJI makes app to identify drones and find pilots
Drone maker DJI has demonstrated a way to quickly identify a nearby drone, and pinpoint the location of its pilot, via a smartphone.
Mike Pompeo 'on shifting sand' as impeachment probe reveals his Ukraine role
Japanese hospitals faced financial difficulties in fiscal 2018, survey finds
Hospitals faced continuing financial difficulties in fiscal 2018, with institutions across the country registering a minus 2.7 percent profit margin on average, a government survey has shown.
China updates patriotic education push to forge stronger national identity – including in Hong Kong
Sweeping guidelines define patriotism as love of motherland, socialism and Communist Party
China to issue unified local, national GDP numbers amid data scepticism
China will unify the way it calculates provincial economic output from early 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics said, amid scepticism about the reliability of Chinese data.
Leading EV Battery Maker Stuck in Debt Chain
Obesity almost doubles in 20 years to affect 13 million people
Almost 30% of population in England now obese

## US ##
How the Fed Boosts the 1%: Even the Upper Middle Class Loses Share of Household Wealth to the 1%. Bottom Half Gets Screwed
It is ironic the Fed puts out this data, as if to show off its success, and how every time the wealth of the 1% is threatened, the Fed comes up with new bailouts, rate cuts, and other shenanigans.
Study: Hurricanes striking U.S. are getting bigger, stronger
The NYPD sees it a normal operating cost to be managed.

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