Thursday, October 27, 2016


News Links, October 28, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Bond Sale Gives Austria a 70-Year Hangover From Banking Collapse
Caterpillar Digs Deeper Into the Abyss
The construction and mining equipment maker cut full-year guidance for a second time and warns 2017 might not be much better, bringing down investors' hopes for a global recovery.
Saudi bond sale 'will plug third of 2017 deficit' – analysts
Of course the whole operation falls apart when the grid goes down. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
FM: Turkey May Invade Iraq If Threatened
Insists Country Has 'Natural Right' to Invade Iraq
Duterte Wants US Troops Out of the Philippines
Addressing growing tensions with the United States, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared today that he's very much like to expel all the US troops from his country, saying he hates the idea of foreign military forces operating inside the Philippines.
Seoul Plans to Restart Talks on Military Pact With Tokyo
North Korea Unlikely To Give Up Nuclear Weapons; DNI Calls Denuclearization Of Korean Peninsula 'Lost Cause'
Is Nazism On The Rise In Germany? Far-Right Reichburger Movement Rejects Government, Attacking Police
Indeed, the Dark Ages are on their way back. But you and your community can be a bright light fending off the darkness if you prepare now. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
French Authorities Declare the Calais Migrant Camp Empty
Climate change is threatening to force millions of people to become refugees and spark major wars that could "completely destabilise" the world, a leading general has warned.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Mass Protest in Venezuela Demanding End of 'Dictatorship'
Nuclear power will come to an end in the U.S. if the industry doesn't get more government support, according to Carlyle Group LP, one of the world's largest investment firms.
The Fort Calhoun plant cranked out electricity for 43 years, and it was licensed for another 17. Decommissioning will cost up to $1.5 billion, and take up to 60 years to complete.
Decommissioning will never be finished. -- RF
A dose of energy realism and a good read. -- RF
Brazil land grab threatens isolated tribes: activists
The worst land grab in decades in the Brazilian Amazon is threatening the survival of isolated tribes that have no contact with the outside world, a rights group said Wednesday.
Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest
World wildlife 'falls by 58% in 40 years'
Too many humans chasing too few resources. -- RF
'Major Win for Environment': Bill to Ban Fracking in Ireland Moves Forward

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Press Freedom? Dakota Access Pipeline Documentarian Faces 45 Years In Prison For Filming Activists

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Landfill Economy
This "maximizing growth and profits is the highest good" mode of production is insane.
Mass Consumption Is Causing Mass Extinction. Can We Stop Ourselves?
Japan's total population falls for first time: 2015 Census
Philippine's Duterte tells Japan his China visit was just economics, blasts U.S.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sought to assure Japan on Wednesday that his high-profile visit to China last week was about economics not security, and he had more harsh words for long-time ally Washington, saying he might end defense treaties.

## China ##
China tightens capital controls amid yuan's continuing slide
Chinese Bank Liabilities Rise Above 200 Trillion Yuan For The First Time
China launches multi-agency push to tackle corporate debt
Economic planner to bring together more than a dozen top government agencies to mount united policy front but there is no easy fix in sight

"Customers just can't get enough of it, and the tackier the better."

## The candidates ##
I'm not a millennial, but yes, I'll take the meteor strike over these pathetic candidates for president. -- RF
Anti-Trump Violence Sweeps the Nation
Media pays little attention to escalating attacks, thousands of threats against Trump supporters
Project Veritas 4: Robert Creamer's Illegal $20,000 Foreign Wire Transfer Caught On Tape
Project Veritas has just released Part IV of it's multi-part series exposing numerous scandals surrounding the DNC and the Clinton campaign, including efforts to incite violence at Trump rallies and, at least what seems to be, illegal coordination between the DNC, Hillary For America and various Super PACs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


News Links, October 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Still, in articles like this you cannot find any reference to the central role of net energy decline. -- RF
Italy's Banking Crisis Gets Addressed: How to Conceal a Problem that Threatens to Engulf the Entire Eurozone

## Cut, baby, cut! ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Saudi Arabia 'deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen's farms and agricultural industry'
Increasing evidence suggests Kingdom is not merely bombing civilians in neighbouring country, but systematically targeting infrastructure survivors will need to avoid starvation when the war is over
NATO Continues to Prepare for War with Russia
Clinton's Slog Deeper into the Big Muddy
In the last debate, Hillary Clinton vowed to follow up the defeat of ISIS in Iraq's Mosul with a march on ISIS' capital in Raqqa, except that's in Syria, a suggestion of a wider war.
Russia's Very Different Reality
The demonization of Russian President Putin and Russia, in general, has reached alarming levels in the West with a new "group think" taking hold that ignores Russian realities and interests.
US Impunity Erodes World Justice
The International Criminal Court charges only Africans with human rights crimes while granting impunity to U.S. officials and their allies, undermining what had been a noble idea of universal justice.
Austrian Party Head Calls Germany's Merkel 'Dangerous Woman'
The head of Austria's right-wing party on Monday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel "the most dangerous woman in Europe" for her initially liberal migrant policies and warned of possible civil war if the influx of people seeking a better life within the European Union is not stopped.

## Energy/resources ##
5 Negative Factors For Oil Prices
Building just a third of planned new coal-fired power plants around the world would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty as it accelerates climate change past an agreed limit of 2 degrees Celsius of warming, development experts warn.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Banker Deaths and WikiLeaks Deaths Have a Common Thread
Now it has emerged that two of the top lawyers representing Assange, John Jones in London and Michael Ratner in New York, died within less than a month of each other this year. And, Assange's closest confidant in London and a Director of WikiLeaks, Gavin Macfadyen, died just yesterday.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## UK ##
Britain's high streets under strain as 15 shops close every day
Traditional retailers replaced by cafes and discount stores, with fashion shops badly hit and experts predicting worse to come
Brexit Risks 'Constitutional Crisis' Between U.K.'s Nations
Online deals gone bad are so common, in fact, that cops across the country are starting to step in, teaming up with residents to safeguard transactions in their neighborhoods by inviting online sellers and buyers to "safe exchange zones" at police offices, where surveillance cameras track all exchanges.

## The candidates ##
Although shot to mimic a news program, the broadcast was essentially a campaign advertisement with only glowing coverage of Trump and sharp criticism of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Basically the mainstream media give us glowing coverage of Clinton while making light of Trump, so Trump seems justified in offering this counterbalance. -- RF
Neither candidate knows anything about energy. -- RF
Bernie Sanders's Hopes and Regrets
Bernie Sanders hopes to hold a President Hillary Clinton to the Democratic platform's commitment to progressive policies, but the Vermont senator may be having doubts and possibly regrets.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


News Links, October 24, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
One in four Australian workers feel financially stressed
'Final Death Blow' to CETA as Delegates Hold Firm Against Pro-Corporate Deal

Jungle migrants urged to 'give up British dream'
Countries like Britain and Germany understandably look like El Dorado to many migrants. Little do they know that these countries, like all others, are coming apart at the seams. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Venezuelan women march to protest canceled referendum

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Snowden defends WikiLeaks: 'Censorship is never the answer'
Dozens of internal documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept and reported in cooperation with Television New Zealand, reveal the firm's key role helping governments across the world harvest vast amounts of information on people's private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories.
Why is Facebook targeting Palestinian accounts again?

## Propaganda/censorship ##
The 'White Helmets' Controversy
The saturation of propaganda from massive investments by Western interests in NGOs like the "White Helmets" has skewed the public's understanding of foreign crises, such as Iraq in 2003 and Syria today.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
In 2030 the world's motor vehicle fleet (including fossil fuel-powered and electric vehicles) will be considerably reduced. In fact, it's highly likely that there will be very few motor vehicles. Those vehicles will be traveling over roads which are poorly maintained, if they are maintained at all. Even now, there are roads in my area which are in such poor condition that you wonder if your vehicle will be shaken apart, and in some places vehicles brush against weeds that stick out into the road because municipalities no longer have the money to mow them. The belief that in 2030 the world's vehicle fleet will be much larger is pure fantasy that ignores energy reality. -- RF

The Suburban Ghetto: Today one in three poor Americans, about 16.4 million people live in the suburbs.
The U.S. ranks 23 on a list of 183 countries based on 18 indicators that measure progress for youth ages 15 to 29. All of the top nine countries are in Europe, with Japan rounding out the top 10.

## The candidates ##
Washington's New Lock-Step March of Folly
Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington's foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum "group think" that risks life on the planet.

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