Sunday, May 28, 2017


News Links, May 29, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Baltic index hits lowest since early March on tepid demand
The Federal Reserve Is Destroying America
And wait until you hear what they're getting away with now
Supply problems hit production at BMW: Focus
Problems at one of its suppliers has forced German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) to halt production in Leipzig and could hit its plants in China and South Africa, German magazine Focus reported in its online edition.
GTA home sales plunge as much as 61 per cent
Toronto region ground-level home sales dropped 26 per cent overall between April 20 and May 20, according to one real estate broker.

Staff resorted to writing on whiteboards in an attempt to keep passengers updated.
British Airways still hobbled with tech cancellations
US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.
Homeland Security Ponders Laptop Ban On All International Flights: Surefire Way to Stop Bombs on Planes
United Airlines accuses gay dad of having hands 'too close' to son's genitals
Get ready for the coming business travel crisis
Airport rules for laptops and smartphones will change fast, exposing company data.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Saudi Deal Shows Just How Broken the US Arms Export Process Has Become
US Puts Multi-Warhead Interceptor On the Fast Track
Officials won't say it's because of North Korea. But experts say Pyongyang's planned ICBMs will almost certainly release decoys to cloak their nukes.
Russia's Putin drafts new rearmament program
Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military's New Speed
In the future, military dominance will depend partly on how fast you can fly and how quickly you can get into space. That's one of the guiding principles behind an advanced Pentagon project to build a spacecraft able to launch smaller payloads into low-earth orbit on short notice, and at lower cost.
Recent weeks have seen a resurgence of piracy off Somalia's coast after five years of inactivity.
Trump goes on Iran-bashing tour
US President Donald Trump, arriving in Israel on May 22 right after a stop in Saudi Arabia, found another ally eager to praise him for his tough stance on Iran — and encourage him to get even tougher.
Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs
By dunning NATO nations to chip more money into the military alliance, President Trump may inadvertently cause some Europeans to rethink the over-the-top anti-Russian propaganda.

## Migrants/refugees ##
'Horrific' Increase in Worldwide Displacement, Shows New Report

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands protest against Trump in 'hellhole' Brussels
Coming soon to a venue near you. -- RF

## Energy/resources ##

## Got food? ##
A third of the nation's honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care
America's beekeepers watched as a third of the country's honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply.

## Environment/health ##
Yes, austerity kills. But the notion that, because austerity "doesn't work," we need to turn on the money spigot, betrays the mistaken thinking of spending proponents, who strangely believe that the good times will roll again, making it possible to pay back money borrowed to avoid austerity. Unfortunately, austerity is the New World Order. -- RF
Study links diesel pollution to heart damage
Atmospheric particulate matter PM2.5 was associated with harmful changes to heart structure and function.
Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to "Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies"
A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.
Britain's May asks G7 to back moves to tackle internet extremism
The U.S. Intelligence Ship Is Too Leaky To Sail
The U.S. services have lost credibility by becoming the leakiest in the world.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Russiagate: Clintonites Spread the Weiner Conspiracy
Outspoken Chinese law professor, government critic, silenced
He Weifang told The Associated Press Friday that he would no longer publish on social media after authorities repeatedly shut down his personal blog, his Weibo microblog and two WeChat accounts.
Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
Believing the Russian 'Hacking' Claim
Government lies are common when seducing a population to support a war, but the Russian "hacking" claims are unusual in that U.S. officials supply no evidence while the "fact" is just assumed.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Pennsylvania Coroner Says Dying Addicts Keep Morgue Full "Most Nights"
Anti-progress: The case of airline travel

## Japan ##
Japan's megabanks dip toes in cryptocurrency waters

Why are middle class Chinese moving their money abroad?
Homes in Thailand, insurance in Hong Kong – investors have many ways to skirt the rules and send their savings overseas, leaving Beijing with a growing headache in its war on capital flight
Pupils at London school asked to clean their classroom as cuts bite
Heads struggle to make ends meet at schools hit by cash shortage

## US ##
Sears Revenues Plunge, to Hit Zero in 3 Years, Shares Jump
The ingenious strategy of cost-cutting and store-closing your way out of trouble: Pretty soon, it leads to zero.
Is Your Cost of Living Rising? Why the Elites Aren't Worried About Inflation
If you want to understand why we're fragmenting as a society, start by looking at the asymmetric burdens imposed by inflation.
But check out what the Fed says. Sounds like we're talking about two different planets. -- RF
Sounds great! Where do I sign up for my free lunch? -- RF
Police: Man hurling racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on train
Two people were killed and another was injured in a stabbing on a train in Portland after a man began yelling racist remarks at two women who are believed to be Muslim.
And the supreme irony is, it's money down a rat hole. This may enrich the involved parties, but it won't save America's crumbling infrastructure. -- RF
Chicago Population Shrinks Most of Any City in US
Illinoisans continue their exodus, with Chicago having the dubious distinction of the highest population loss in the nation.

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