Friday, April 28, 2017


News Links, April 29, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
UK, France GDP Weaker Than Expected: Global Slowdown? IMF Early Warning Signal!
Weak economy could prove fatal to Erdogan administration
How Much Gold Is There? Not Much
Puerto Rico Board Moves to Consider Bankruptcy-Like Process
US GDP Collapses To 0.7%, Lowest In Three Years; Worst Personal Spending Since 2009

## Airline death spiral ##
Passengers kicked off easyJet flight from Liverpool after threats to crew
Flight EZY7157 to Lanzarote was diverted to Morocco after customers became "uncontrollable"
Groping Victim May Sue Delta Over Masturbating Passenger
Higher fuel costs burn low-cost airline Norwegian Air as it unveils larger loss than expected
United Blunder Prompts Airlines to Throw Cash at Their Problems
You're Never Going to Get $10,000 for Your United Airlines Seat

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch failed: report
Trump Statement On North Korea: President Hints At 'Major' Conflict With Kim Jong Un's Regime
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.
Here's what the 'mother of all bombs' did for US fight in Afghanistan
The use of the "mother of all bombs" on an underground network of Islamic State tunnels in a remote district in Afghanistan was a lot of hype with little long-term impact, according to many military analysts.
People often have an idealised view of solar as the perfect clean energy source. Direct conversion of sunlight to electricity, no emissions, no oil spills or contamination, perfectly clean. This however overlooks the messy reality of how solar panels are produced.

## Solutions ##
Are We (Collectively) Depressed?
We need to encourage honesty above optimism. Once we can speak honestly, there is a foundation for optimism.

## Environment/health ##
WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage
Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries Friday to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Trump signs order to protect whistleblowers at VA Department
WikiLeaks Reveals The "Snowden Stopper": CIA Tool To Track Whistleblowers

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
More NYT 'Spin' on the Syria-Sarin Case
The New York Times is at it again with another slanted report on the April 4 chemical weapons incident in Syria, applying ridicule rather than reason to prevent a real evaluation of this war-or-peace moment.
Musk apparently hasn't noticed that industrial society and its infrastructure are already falling apart. The "underground freeway" will never happen. And why is everything "massive"? Don't journalists know any other adjectives? -- RF
Japan breaches international cap on annual Pacific bluefin catches
The government said Thursday that Japan has exceeded the annual limit on its catches of immature Pacific bluefin tuna, breaking an international commitment only two years after the regulation was introduced.
China's greying migrant workforce stays home
Survey shows army of cheap labour that fuelled boom is getting older and choosier
Official Comments on Trump's Tax Plan
It's part of the angriness and rage growing in late industrial society. -- RF

## US ##

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