Tuesday, April 03, 2018

 

News Links, April 4, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Rising Rates Sounding Alarm Bells for Debt-Laden U.S. Consumers
'Being cash-free puts us at risk of attack': Swedes turn against cashlessness
Sweden's central bank governor has called for public control over its payment system. Others say a fully digital system is vulnerable to fraud and attack
Commonwealth Bank credit cards and loans 'disappear' in online banking outage (Australia)

## Airline death spiral ##
Computer problem delays thousands of European flights
The Eurocontrol center in Belgium said the failure occurred with its "Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System," which helps coordinates flight plans.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Crown Prince's overture to Syria's Bashar while in the US
Saudi leader dropped a bombshell on the weekend, saying that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is not going to be ousted from power; it was a stunning reversal of their 'regime change' plan for Damascus
US won't easily break Russia's hold on Vietnam
Recent historic docking of US aircraft carrier at Da Nang did little to shake Hanoi's strategic embrace of Moscow

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir amid deadly fighting

## Energy/resources ##
FirstEnergy unit that runs power plants files for bankruptcy
A dearth of investment, a paucity of new discoveries. -- RF
Of course the dolphins take the blame, when in fact there are too many humans. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
CDC: 'Nightmare bacteria' showing up in U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday has issued a warning that a "nightmare bacteria" resistant to most antibiotics is showing up in parts of the United States.
Indonesia declares state of emergency as oil spill spreads

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Third Gas Pipeline Data System Shuts One Day After Cyberattack
A third U.S. pipeline company reported its electronic system for communicating with customers has stopped working, a day after a cyberattack resulted in a similar shutdown.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Quixotic Approaches To Circumventing Censorship, Using Books And Music


## Japan ##
3.08 mil cases of personal info leaked due to cyberattacks in 2017
Japan survey shows corporate sentiment is worsening

## China ##
Is Xi Jinping set to announce plans to transform 'China's Hawaii' into the new Hong Kong?
Establishment of free-trade ports expected to be one of the highlights of president's keynote speech at Boao Forum, Asia's Davos
Retail slump has put 21,000 jobs at risk in 2018 so far
More than 21,000 jobs have been cut or put at risk in the first three months of the year as retail store closures, company restructuring and Carillion's collapse resulted in a bleak quarter.
Spending on children and young people's services cut by nearly £1bn in six years, figures reveal
At least one person a day is self-harming in UK detention centres
Between January 2016 and August 2017, there were 647 cases of detainees receiving medical treatment following incidents of self-harm
But will it be profitable? -- RF

## US ##
Why America's Two Top Fighter Jets Can't Talk to Each Other
The F-22 and the F-35 were built with communication systems that don't work together, a problem that's going to take a lot of money to fix.
Alaska Governor Scraps Arctic Oil Study
Alaska's Governor Bill Walker has proposed to use US$10 million previously earmarked for a seismic study of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to update the state's archaic 911 system.




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