Tuesday, May 23, 2017


News Links, May 24, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Our 24/7 economy and the wealth of nations
Researchers examine the impact on children's development as more parents work nonstandard hours, sacrificing health and well-being
Can Quant Funds Trigger a Stock Market Crash?
Having surged for years, quant hedge funds dominate stock trading.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Bitcoin value soars to new record over $2,200
## Airline death spiral ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US
Neocons Are Still Writing The Script
Iran has been in neocon crosshairs for a very long time. U.S. Presidential Administrations come and go, Democrat and Republican, but the neocon script has remained the same.
Catalonia Threatens Immediate Declaration of Independence if Spain Doesn't Approve Referendum
All Power to the Banks! The Winners-Take-All Regime of Emmanuel Macron
Donald of Arabia: A Disgusting Spectacle
Has there been a more disgusting spectacle during the four months of this presidency than the sight of Donald Trump slobbering all over the barbarous Saudi monarch and his murderous family of petty princelings?
Israeli settlers cheer as Donald Trump ends his trip without mentioning Palestinian state

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Occupy Silicon Valley: The next populist movement may be aimed at tech wealth, report says

## Energy/resources ##
Fuel Theft Report Exposes '800-pound Gorilla'
It funds illicit activities such as terrorism, transnational crime, militancy and insurgency. Left unchecked, it can contribute to endemic corruption, erode the rule of law and even disguise itself as a public good – an agent of social welfare. Moreover, it occurs on a scale approaching that of drug and arms trafficking. Nevertheless, this problem often receives scant attention from government authorities. What is this proverbial 800-pound gorilla? The theft of refined oil products.

There Aren't Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy
Sellers of high-end pork, beef, and chicken agree: there simply aren't enough facilities to humanely and safely kill their animals.
War on Sugar Turns Years of Growth Into Market Tipping Point
Schwarzenegger says you can have four Hummers and still save planet
Three of his Hummers run on hydrogen, vegetable oil and bio-diesel and he's hoping to put an electric engine into the fourth.
Now that's what I call a solution! -- RF
Wildlife Traffickers Exploiting Airlines Worldwide 
A new analysis of global airport wildlife seizure and trafficking data reveals that wildlife traffickers around the world are heavily exploiting the air transport sector to smuggle protected and endangered animals and animal products on commercial flights.

New Cracks in Russia-gate 'Assessment'
President Obama's ex-intelligence chiefs admit they limited input into the Russia-gate "assessment," which was handled by "hand-picked" analysts, raising the specter of politicized intelligence.
Trump Lets Saudis Off on 9/11 Evidence
Like his predecessors, President Trump made nice with the rich royals of Saudi Arabia, despite damning evidence that they have supported Islamic terrorists, including the 9/11 attackers.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How Russia Became "Our Adversary" Again

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
TINA's Legacy: Free Money, Bread and Circuses and Collapse

## Japan ##
Bitcoin going mainstream as Japanese business signs on
Some 300,000 stores seen taking the virtual currency this year
Does the World End in Fire or Ice? Thoughts on Japan and the Inflation/Deflation Debate
Japan has managed to offset decades of deflationary dynamics, but at a cost that is hidden beneath the surface of apparent stability.

Car loans, low rates, second mortgages: all the ingredients for a new credit crunch
The relentless rise in consumer borrowing is starting to cause real concern in the financial services industry. And with good reason
Sloppy Subprime Loans Will Deepen Auto Woes
It's no secret the auto-loan business has been going gangbusters in the past few years. But it's surprising to learn just how lax lending standards have become as firms jostle for market share.
Liar Loans Dog Subprime Auto-Loan-Backed Securities
Santander, top subprime auto lender, verified income on only 8% of loans: Moody's.
America's Cities Are Running Out of Room
Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it's getting worse.
Too many humans. -- RF

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