Sunday, August 28, 2016

 

News Links, August 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pemex Collapse Threatens Biggest Banks in Mexico — Big-oil bailout already under way.
UBS whistleblower exposes 'political prostitution' all the way up to President Obama
Welcome To The Third World, Part 18: Pensions Overwhelm Public Services
Euro area banks see net profit fall 20 percent in first quarter: ECB
Japan Mega-Pension Fund Dives into Stocks, Foreign Assets, Loses Shirt. People Not Amused
Dubai's double-digit property price rises 'gone forever'
Construction work slows in Calgary as recession delays office tower projects
Construction crews have boarded up the skeleton of a partially built office tower in the middle of Calgary as real-estate developers slow or stop projects amid a glut of available commercial space.
German Economy Minister Says EU-US Trade Talks Have Failed
Global central bankers, stuck at zero, unite in plea for help from governments
Wrapping Up Jackson Hole: What Did We Learn?
Jackson hole did little more than make Fed Chair Janet Yellen look like a blithering fool.
Hedge Funds Bail on Copper as Goldman Predicts 'Supply Storm'
Free money: Finland to test out basic income scheme
Free money: A Basic Income Would Upend America's Work Ethic—and That's a Good Thing
Gather 'round and git yer free money while it lasts! -- RF
Investors pull out of European stocks in record outflow streak, pile into bonds
Grim employment prospects for young people around the world

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Brewer AB Inbev to cut thousands of jobs in takeover deal
Bombardier hands out pink slips as part of effort to cut 7,000 workers

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Harvard Professor Creates Blueprint for Ending Cash in US; Calls for Immediate Phasing Out of $20 Bills
As our homes get smarter 'it could become incredibly easy to spend money'
In our increasingly cashless society, we already mindlessly and perhaps frivolously blow our cash with the tap of our credit card and the wave of our mobile phones.

## Airline death spiral ##
New Saudi airline set for take-off next year
U.N. aviation emissions pact to let states opt out in first phase: sources
Airlines Bring Free Sandwiches and Streaming Back to Coach
They're hoping you'll overlook the baggage costs and vanishing legroom.
Southwest Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Florida after engine breaks apart midflight
More airline computer glitches likely
Two United Airlines pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport on suspicion of being too drunk to fly to America
New Passenger Fee Added at Qatar's International Airport
Air inquiry faults control tower after JAL near-miss with car

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
World War 3 Coming Soon? Tanks Roll Across The Border As Turkish Invasion Of Syria Begins
Turkish Officials: Troops to Remain in Syria As Long As It Takes
Turkey-Backed Rebels Expel Kurdish Forces From Syrian Towns
Russia's New Military Helicopter Is Faster, Tougher: Mi-28H Night Hunter Is 'Virtually Invulnerable To Enemy Fire'
Japan, South Korea To Install Aegis Baseline 9 In Atago-Class And KDX-III Sejong-Class Destroyers
Angela Merkel Assassination Attempt Thwarted In Prague Amid Protests Over German Chancellor's Refugee Quotas
The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire
Kerry and Lavrov settling 'technical issues' on new Syria agreement
European Union Military Force Needed To Fight Off Russia, Eastern Europe Nations Warn
Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia To Replace Saudi Ambassador: Iraqi State TV
Israel expands patrols into East Jerusalem to stem Palestinian attacks
Rebranded Al Qaeda Group In Syria Receiving US Weapons
Poll: Germans for at Least Partial Ban on Face-Covering Veil
Dutch far-right party says it will ban mosques, Koran
Car Bomb Kills At Least 11 At Police Headquarters In Turkey
Russia's Misplayed Hand with Iran
The High Cost of American Hubris
Americans have paid a very high price for the Establishment's imperial ambitions, a price passing a breaking point in blood and money, a problem that must be addressed with realism and humility.
Filipinos Seen Backing Duterte Despite Rising Drug Killings
North Korea planning submarines that can carry multiple SLBMs
KSA: A Kingdom in Turmoil - An Interview with Dr. Ali Alyami
Obama to visit Laos as secretive communist country opens up to Vietnam, US influence
US Continues to Cut Aid to Pakistan

## Migrants/refugees ##
Hungary To Build Second Fence On Serbian Border To Keep Out Migrants
Germany expecting 300,000 new migrants in 2016
Norway to build fence on border with Russia to curb refugee inflow
Europe's refugee crisis simmers despite efforts to solve it
Nicolas Sarkozy demands border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Tribe Trucks Totem Pole 4,800 Miles in Fossil Fuels Protest
Bolivian deputy interior minister kidnapped and beaten to death by striking miners
No Arab Spring in Zimbabwe: Mugabe warns protesters

## Energy/resources ##
EV Revolution Set To Cripple More Than Just The Oil Industry
Did Moody's Just Sever Energy Giant Abengoa's Last Life Line?
Africa Check: Is nuclear energy really the 'cheapest source of electricity'?
Coking coal prices spike
EIA: OPEC Earns Lowest Oil Revenues in Over A Decade
The Bakken: The Top 10 Wells
Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail
The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

## Got food? ##
What's Been Cooking at Our House? Summer 2016
Milk price talks between Lactalis and producers collapse
Japan, China, other nations agree to curb chub mackerel catches in North Pacific

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Garden for half hour to slash heart risk

## Environment/health ##
Millions at risk as deadly fungal infections acquire drug resistance
Researchers believe widespread use of fungicides on crops is reducing effectiveness of frontline medicines
Human Population Growth Continues to Threaten Biodiversity
Study confirms the release of ancient carbon in Arctic permafrost
New Study Warns Biofuels May Be Worse for Climate Than Gas
But more than that, biofuels are a loser in terms of energy because the net energy they deliver is far less than that needed to sustain industrial society. -- RF
Sugars in breast milk protect babies from infection
FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers
Hong Kong confirms first case of dangerous Zika virus
Singapore confirms 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus
Italy earthquake survivors: "The future is finished"
The most serious element of the tragedy is that we are now living in a world of lower — and still declining — net energy. As we've seen from Japan's experience in recent years, recovery from natural disasters in today's low-net-energy world is painfully slow, and will never recreate what was lost. -- RF
Ships Bring Your Coffee, Snack and TV Set, But Also Pests and Diseases
USDA: Bird flu strain that hit U.S. last year found in wild duck

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Whatsapp says it will start sharing user info with Facebook
WhatsApp users protest move to share mobile phone numbers with Facebook
Europe plans news levy on search engines
European news publishers will be given the right to levy fees on internet platforms such as Google if search engines show snippets of their stories, under radical copyright reforms being finalized by the European Commission.
Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13
Assange Promises "Most Interesting And Serious" Hillary Emails Are Yet To Come
BleachBit Brags Of Wiping Hillary's Servers Clean With Claims It "Stifled FBI Investigation"
Scary! All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
It can even be trained to read your lips.
Shawn Lucas Cause of Death Still Unknown as Clinton's Campaign Lawyer Tries to Move DNC Lawsuit into the Weeds
NSA Whistleblowers: NSA Hack Was Likely An Inside Job
BAE Systems Sells Internet Surveillance Gear to United Arab Emirates
Scams & waste loom as charity millions donated after Orlando
Update your iPhone or iPad: Israeli cyber-spy firm can hack you
NASA explains why self-driving cars may not be in your future

## Propaganda/censorship ##
The Dumbed-Down New York Times
A New York Times columnist writes Americans are so "dumbed-down" that they don't know that Russia "invaded" Ukraine two years ago, but that "invasion" was mostly in the minds of Times editors and other propagandists.
How I Was Blacklisted at CNN, and How Easily America Goes to War Now

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Makkah, Dubai lead Middle East's hotel construction in July
Makkah, Saudi Arabia's holy city, and Dubai both have more than 20,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline, according to latest data supplied by analysts STR.
Everything eventually peaks and crashes. People never learn. -- RF
Mega projects to help 'build future of Istanbul': minister
Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks! Sorry You're Falling Apart.
The parks enter their second century with a $12 billion backlog of repairs.
GOLD & DEBT: The 1929 Great Depression vs The Next Great Collapse
Africa's population set to double by 2050, says new report
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF

## Japan ##
Bank of Japan Prepares for Crash Triggered by Fed Tightening
Japanese Government Squanders Pension Funds On Failed Stocks As Losses Reach $130 Billion In Past Year
Anti-nuclear governor in Japan asks Kyushu Electric to suspend nuke plant
Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018
Japan to establish AU mission

Japan July consumer prices post biggest annual fall in three yrs
Gov't to submit revised conspiracy bill citing terrorist threat
BOJ has 'ample space' for more monetary easing, says Kuroda
Olympics: Unrecoverable cost total rises for new national stadium
The unrecoverable costs stemming from changing to a less-expensive plan for Japan's new national stadium have risen to nearly 68.6 billion yen, the Japan Sport Council announced Friday.

## China ##
China's Great Divide: A New Cultural Revolution?
The only question left for China (and every other debt/bubble-dependent nation) is what socio-political consequences will manifest when the credit bubble finally bursts?
China Basks in 'G-20 Blue' as Factories Ordered to Shut
Red Ponzi Ticking—-China And The Dark Side Of The Global Bubble, Part 2
Red Ponzi Ticking—-China And The Dark Side Of The Global Bubble, Part 3
The Man Who Fabricates China's Econ Data Was Arrested For "Selling Power For Sex" And "Lacking Political Faith"
Why Beijing's headache over calls for Hong Kong's independence has only just begun

## UK ##
Britain does not need Hinkley for future energy needs -think tank
Nuclear security: Government pouring millions into steeling power plants from potential terror attacks
NHS 'plans cuts across England' to fill £22bn funding shortfall
Austerity measures include closure of hospitals and more 'virtual consultations' 
Londoners back limit on skyscrapers as fears for capital's skyline grow
Theresa May will trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote

## US ##
Layoffs In Oil & Gas See These Industries Hit Their Bottom Lines
225+ heroin overdoses in 4 counties in 4 states in 1 week
August U.S. auto sales seen down 5.2 percent; 2015 was peak: forecasters
Federal Reserve Facebook page overrun by Internet 'trolls'
US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring
US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers
Why is the Fed So Desperate to Hike?
Losses Piling Up for S&P 500 as Weekly Drop Is Worst Since June
Past deadline, feds see no end in sight for veteran homeless crisis
Stunning Maps Depict Collapse Of Obamacare "Coverage" In 2017
"Things Are Worse" - Dollar Stores' Startling Admission: Half Of US Consumers Are In Dire Straits
Confidence in the Fed Sinking Fast from Greenspan to Bernanke to Yellen: How Much Confidence Do You Have?
Pensions, Oy Vey
The focus on 401ks has destroyed the retirement for millions of Americans over the last generation
The EpiPen Scandal Is Worse Than You Think: What You're Not Being Told
The 11 Bone-Chilling Things I Gleaned from Yellen's Chart
"I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before" - The Housing Markets In The Hamptons, Aspen And Miami Are All Crashing
The US: A Dead Nation Walking (Paul Craig Roberts)
In my opinion, the chance of nuclear war from Neoconservative intention, miscalculation or false launch warning remains high.
Three in five millennials think bar soap is gross: research firm

## The candidates ##
Hillary Clinton Enters the Media Wars
Millions From Maxed-Out Clinton Donors Flowed Through Loophole
Democratic Pundits Downplay Serious Ethical Issues Raised by the Clinton Foundation
Trump Doctor Wrote Health Letter in Just 5 Minutes as Limo Waited
"His health is excellent, especially his mental health."
How Neocons Helped Create Trump
Hillary Clinton's calendars won't be released until after election, State Dept. says
Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa
Trump vows crackdown on immigrants who overstay visas if elected
How The Hillary 'Victory Fund' Uses State Democratic Committees To Launder Money To The DNC
Where do Trump and Clinton stand on keeping the internet open?
Mike Pence: Some Undocumented Immigrants Can Stay — After They Leave
Donald Trump just threw a wrench into the debate about immigration
Trump Closing Gap With Hillary In Latest Reuters Poll: This Is How He Could Win
Donald Trump doesn't want Gary Johnson or Jill Stein in the debates


Thursday, August 25, 2016

 

News Links, August 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World Trade Falls for Second Quarter in a Row — Decade of Stagnation of Industrial Production in the US, Japan, EU
Study: Canadians spend more on taxes than basic needs
Global youth unemployment set to rise for first time in three years: Study
Mongolia's Meltdown Won't Be Saved by a Mining Revival Yet
Largest Saudi Bank Crashes To Record Low
"Central Banks Now Own $25 Trillion Of Financial Assets"
Merkel Tells Renzi He Can't Bend Euro Rules to Boost Growth
Nigerian banks are being barred from forex trading as a dollar crunch worsens
Why marine credit managers are losing sleep
Hedge Funds Suffer Worst Outflows since Financial Crisis — 2016 may see second-highest redemptions in history!
How Long Will It Take for the ECB to Own All Sovereign Debt of Spain, Germany, France?
French support for the EU project is crumbling on the Left and Right
Four more mega-banks join the anti-dollar alliance

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The War on Cash
'Cashless society' is a euphemism for the "ask-your-banks-for-permission-to-pay society".
The Blessing Of Cash—And Why Central Bankers And Statist Planners Hate It

## Airline death spiral ##
TSA says record 81 guns found in passengers' carry-on bags last week
The agency said 70 were loaded and 11 were unloaded. Of the 70 loaded, 31 had a live round in the chamber ready to fire.
TSA hassles 9-year-old boy with pacemaker, 4 heart defects
Trio forced off easyJet plane over false claims they support Isis
Glitches Are The Number One Cause of Airline Delays
Power outage briefly halts flights to Miami, nearby airports: FAA
Legroom on Most Major Airlines, Compared in One GIF
ANA to cancel hundreds of Dreamliner flights for engine glitch

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine, Again
Vladimir Putin offers Middle East peace talks for Israel, Palestinians
Colombia, Rebels Say They Have Reached Historic Peace Deal
Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: U.S. official
US Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boat
Gunmen attack American university in Kabul, students flee
US Urges Citizens In Afghanistan To Leave Country
State Department Urges US Citizens To Leave Gaza "As Soon As Possible"
Turning down the heat: China and Japan agree to cool tensions over the East China Sea
Kurds, Not ISIS, Are Turkey's Real Target in Syria Invasion
Russia Downplays Conflict With US Over Syria Weapons Report
Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit
Pentagon Has No Idea Where Hundreds of Thousands of Guns Went in Iraq and Afghanistan
How Obama Is Enabling the Next President to Launch Illegal Wars
DOD Science Board Recommends "Immediate Action" to Counter Enemy AI
What Israel's Actions Have Wrought
Israel's repression of the Palestinians is often rationalized by the historical abuse of the Jews, but Israel's misconduct is having the disturbing effect of stirring up new anti-Semitism.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkey to tackle migrant inflow
Is Germany protecting its neo-Nazis? Immigrant murders reveal a blind spot
For more than a decade, German police refused to consider the possibility that neo-Nazis were killing Turkish immigrants, even after the FBI suggested that was the obvious answer to a string of murders. Then the plotters, tired of being ignored, outed themselves, revealing something beyond incompetence – the killers appear to have been subsidized by the German police themselves.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
1 killed, 29 wounded as bombs hit southern Thailand
If methane hydrates are so good, why are they finally getting attention now? For that matter, if tight oil and gas are so fantastic, why didn't we exploit them long ago? The reason is that they're not so good. Conventional sources are much better, and that's why we went for them first. As with any resource, we extract the easily accessible, high-quality resources first, and then move on to the junk. -- RF
Dismal time for Gulf oil = record low lease bidding
The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest on Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years: study
Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth's temperatures almost 200 years ago as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.
And it's done with lots of fossil fuels. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Bogus 'Humanitarian' War on Serbia
NATO's war on Serbia in 1999 was the template for other "humanitarian" wars – in Iraq, Libya and now Syria – but it wasn't "news" when the Serbian leader was cleared.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Total Societal Collapse: What the Media Isn't Telling You About Venezuela
A mega-disaster in the making. -- RF

Rates down, inflation up: it's 'never been worse' for cash savers

## US ##
The Stock Market 2015-2016: Ugly Chopfest with an Equally Ugly Megaphone

## The candidates ##
Clintonite Conspiracy Theories
Hillary Clinton's agents warn darkly of "conspiracy theories" that might trip up her presidential bid. What they really fear is the release of more damaging facts in the next round of Wikileaks documents.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 

News Links, August 24, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Revealed: ECB Secretly Hands Cash to Select Corporations
Private Placement: European Companies Issue Debt Simply Because the ECB will Buy That Debt
Things are so absurd in the Eurozone that the ECB is buying private placement debt with little regard for safety. In turn, private equity companies issue debt simply because they know in advance the ECB will buy it.
Australia's unprecedented collapse in business investment, in one chart
Mission Impossible Looms for Renzi's Italian Growth Target
Economy of energy-hungry India may face headwinds
'Collapse' in value of wages leaves more than 1.5 million families in extreme debt (UK)
With world trade in the doldrums, the threat of a new currency war looms
"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared
'Nobody believes in anything anymore': Why Greece's economic crisis is not over
Koreans reluctant to get married, have children
The Olympics are over for Brazil — was it worth it?
The glorious days of 2009 when the Olympics were awarded to Rio are a distant memory.
What happens to Olympic venues when the games are over?
Pokemon Go Is Already in Decline
UNLOCKING GOLD'S TRUE VALUE: The Economic Code – Finally Revealed
When Gold Breaks Over $1,400 It's Going To Spike Toward $2,000 - Gerald Celente

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Why you'll always need cash (US)
8 Major Bitcoin Debit Cards: How Private and Anonymous Are They?
How Bitcoin helped fuel an explosion in ransomware attacks

## Airline death spiral ##
Crisis in Air Traffic Control Towers (US)
EasyJet and British Airways passengers face £25 charge for complaints about delays and lost luggage
Man Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Passenger
What Delta's tech troubles tell us about reliability of airline IT systems
UK flight cancellations and delays have increased
Laser Pointer Strikes Double in Southern California
Aviation regulator calls for anyone found carrying laser pointers to be arrested in bid to cut number of attacks on aircraft
CAA figures show there were 1,439 laser attacks on aircraft in the UK last year – equivalent to almost four a day

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran: Russia has stopped using Iran base for Syria strikes
US works to keep Turkey in its fold as NATO ally looks east
Russia-Iran-Turkey Alliance Could Change Energy Dynamics For Good
Pirates chased away from British freighter by Nigerian warship
The top 10 places where you could be attacked by pirates
Pirates attack two ships in Indonesian waters in 48 hours
There may be trouble ahead for China and Singapore
U.S. Government Reaffirms Total Support for Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
Biden: US Committed to Protecting Baltic States From Russia
Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban
Imperial Washington Has Meddled In Ukraine Enough—–Why Crimea Doesn't Matter
Special Report: Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias
Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'
Seoul: North Korea fires submarine-launched missile into sea
"In Preparation For Crisis" Germany Considers Bringing Back Military Service

## Migrants/refugees ##
UN: Thousands of Central American children seek to enter US
Shoot First: Coast Guard Fired at Migrant Boats, European Border Agency Documents Show
Angela Merkel calls for 'one in, one out' immigration deals with North Africa to stem refugee crisis

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
White Lives Matter protest staged outside Houston NAACP office
Pakistani Protesters Attack TV Stations, 1 Killed

## Energy/resources ##
Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history
$50 Crude Won't Fuel Big Oil's Comeback
Saudi Permian: A Race To The Bottom For Tight Oil
Remember the shale gale and Saudi America? The scale of those outlandish delusions has now dwindled to plays in a few counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Saudi Permian.
North Dakota rig count lower for third straight week
'Epic' Oil Rally Reverses On Diminishing Supply Outages
Swiss nuclear reactor at Leibstadt extends outage to late October
Switzerland's biggest nuclear power station at Leibstadt will extend its outage for maintenance by eight weeks until Oct. 29, its operator said on Monday, after discovering discolouration in eight cladding tubes used to encase fuel rods.
Just 16,000 catenary trucks would use all of California's electricity with only 2400 to 8300 miles of overhead wires
Kuwait's Oil & Gas Sector Shrinks For Third Straight Year
Egypt plans to end fuel subsidies within three years: sources
Water shortages hit West Bank Palestinians, provoking war of words

## Got food? ##
Connecticut Encourages Solar Development At Expense of Farmland
Precious farmland is covered with silicon in a vain attempt to prop up industrial society with renewables. -- RF
Fast food prices up

## Lifestyle solutions ##
How To Build A 400 sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2000

## Environment/health ##
Huge Chunks Of Antarctica's Fourth-Largest Ice Shelf, Larsen C, Could Soon Collapse
Over 300 dead in India as floods force villagers into relief camps
New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure
Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them
'Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice'
Scientist Peter Wadhams believes the summer ice cover at the north pole is about to disappear, triggering even more rapid global warming
Zika could spread to other Gulf Coast states, health official warns
Images Show Zika's Destruction of Babies' Brains
Report Shows Whopping $8.8 Trillion Climate Tab Being Left for Next Generation
Study: Countries that support nuclear energy lag on climate targets

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Despite billions spent on cybersecurity, companies aren't truly safe from hacks
Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA
A Displeased Colin Powell Accuses Hillary Of "Trying To Pin" Email Scandal On His Advice
Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets
Southeast Asia responds to terrorism with iron fist
Southeast Asian countries are introducing sweeping measures to expand government powers in the name of cracking down on terrorism, spurring criticism that the policies are mere tools to silence opponents.
Meet Michelle Marie, Ireland Twitter Account Controller, Who Was Trolled With Racist Comments
What the Heck Happened to Pokémon Go? — The "augmented reality" hype died.
This algorithm can hide messages in dance music
Your 'Smart' Power Outlets Are Now Botnets Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things
Eye in the sky: Secret Cameras Record Baltimore's Every Move From Above
FBI Probing If "Russian Hackers" Breached The New York Times, News Agencies

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Nicholas Kristof: War Crimes Enabler
He wants US intervention – on the side of Islamist head-choppers
Propaganda for Syrian 'Regime Change'
Neocons and liberal hawks have poured millions of dollars into propaganda to justify "regime change" in Syria and are now desperate to keep the war going until President Hillary Clinton gets a chance to escalate.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What Are the Odds that the 2020-2022 Olympics Will Be Cancelled?
Obviously I'm not the only one who thinks the games are doomed. No one should be laughing at Brazil for the difficulties it experienced in hosting the games in a time of crisis. Consider it a preview. Staging the Olympics requires a colossal energy expenditure, and in an era of declining net energy, when countries cannot even maintain all their existing infrastructure, such extravaganzas will be among the first casualties. -- RF
Merkel Accused Of "Fearmongering" After Telling Germans To Stockpile Food "In Case Of Catastrophe"
Climate change effects on conflict, social unrest, health, mass migration, food, and national security
Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke
Scary: Limits to Growth? 2016 United Nations report provides best evidence yet
If you want to know what causes wars, start here. -- RF

## Japan ##
Engel's coefficient rising in Japan
Japan's Elderly Face Growing Risk of Poverty
Declining wages and higher social welfare payments for an aging population are sapping funds available for retirees
'Sufficient chance' of more BOJ easing in September, Kuroda says
Trouble Looms for Japan Earnings After Worst Decline Since Quake
Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympics, facing rising costs and new sports
Take a look at these escalating costs. And there are still four years to go. -- RF
Japan Inc not enthusiastic over Abe's stimulus, BOJ easing
Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus
Falling supermarket prices add to BOJ's woes
GPIF's stock holdings reveal its hand in nearly everything
Companies across Japan have a new name in their top 10 shareholder lists: the world's largest pension fund.
U.S. to deploy 16 F-35 stealth fighters at west Japan base next year
Japan plans $32.8 bil. extra budget for stimulus
Monetary policy has nationalized the Japan stock market
Japan is Willing to Cut Interest Rates Even Further Into Negative Territory
The First Victims Of The Libor Surge Have Emerged... In Japan

## China ##
China Builds First Military Base in Africa
Chinese city lauded as model of economic transformation struggling as nation's economy cools
China caught in 'dead money' trap as central bank pleads for fiscal stimulus
Xinjiang Teachers To Teach "Anti-Separatism" Curriculum
China's Hidden Underemployment Problem Unearthed
Smugglers brought seafood into China from waters off Fukushima, report says
It's Not A Cycle Nor Did "Stimulus" Work—–All The Answers Were There in 2012 China
China Plans To Slash Crude Demand By 250,000 Bpd
Study quantifies haze's role in China's urban heat island effect
China's Sichuan aims to cut coal output by 33 million tons

## UK ##
More than 1.5 million UK households in extreme debt, says TUC report
Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis
Slavery reports rise fivefold, Salvation Army says
Best hospitals could buckle without emergency care funding boost
British government dismisses concerns about selling arms to Saudi Arabia
Steel crisis far from over as UK production plunges in face of global pressure
Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

## US ##
As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class
U.S. banks want to cut branches, but customers keep coming
How ObamaCare is splitting in two
This U.S. Bank Is About to Relive the 2008 Derivatives Nightmare
Why A Weak US Consumer Makes A Grim Outlook for the Economy, Stocks
$1.3 trillion in student loan debt is crippling retail sales growth
Bill Gates's Net Worth Hits $90 Billion: Chart
16,000 Files Vanish: Inspector General Says Army Has No Idea How It Spent $6.5 Trillion
It's hard to focus too much attention on the disappearance of $6.5 trillion. If my tax return is 6 yen off, the tax office will demand an explanation, and rightly so. Apparently there is such a thing as "too big to be held accountable." -- RF
Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An "Economic Shock"
Chart Of The Day: The Great Divergence—–Productivity Versus Real Earnings
Mylan Execs Gave Themselves Raises As They Hiked EpiPen Prices
Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase.
New Home Sales Surge…….Back To 1995 Levels!
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Disaster: Activity, New Orders, Shipments Plunge
These charts are flashing recession signals
California sale of carbon permits falls short
California sold just over one-third of the carbon permits it offered to cover emissions this year, receiving the minimum price at an auction last week, regulators of the state's cap-and-trade program said on Tuesday.
Something "Unexpected" Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage
High School Students' Test Results Are Being Sent to Military Recruiters Without Consent

## The candidates ##
A Clinton Family Value: 'Humanitarian' War
The transformation of the Democratic Party from the relative "peace party" to a belligerent "war party" occurred during Bill Clinton's presidency and is likely to resume if Hillary Clinton is elected.
Donald Trump's empire at least $650 million in debt
Trump's White Supremacist Factor
The darkest part of Donald Trump's presidential campaign is its white nationalist element with some white male supremacists seeing Trump as the way to protect their historical dominance of America.
As Clinton asks for money, what she says a remains a mystery
Clinton has refused to open her fundraisers to journalists, reversing nearly a decade of greater transparency in presidential campaigns and leaving the public guessing at what she's saying to some of her most powerful supporters.
FBI Discovered 15,000 Additional Undisclosed Hillary Clinton Emails
Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts
From Soccer Stars To Bahrain Princes: New Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton Gave Special Access To Foundation Donors
Trump calls for special prosecutor to investigate Clinton Foundation
Hillary Clinton's 'Pivot' or 'Spin'?
To stave off Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton became a born-again progressive, critical of trade deals and tough on fracking, but her preparations for a presidential transition presage a pro-corporate and hawkish administration.
Consultant Raised Cash for Hillary Clinton, Used Access to Seek Meeting for Coal Giant, Emails Reveal
Many who met with Clinton as secretary of state donated to foundation
Trump's New Billionaire Backer Also Funds Huge Stockpile of Human Urine


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