Thursday, October 23, 2014


News Links, October 23-24, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
UK's Lloyds to cut 9,000 jobs over next three years: sources
Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha
Kimberly-Clark to cut up to 1,300 jobs worldwide
Cut, baby, cut! -- RF
40% of Eurozone Banks Are In Bad Shape
Russia Adds A Record 1,200,000 Ounces Of Physical Gold To Their Reserves
India Gold Demand Surges 450% and Bank of Russia Demand At 15 Year High
Peak Ponzi: Only 13% Of Loans In Bulgaria's Fourth Largest Bank Had Valid Collateral
French Private Sector Output Falls at Sharpest Rate in Eight Months; Tale of Two Europes
S&P warns Europe crisis not over, France output falls
Late Payments by Ibex Companies Hits €47 Billion, 169 Days (3 Times Legal Time Limit); Ibex vs. DOW
McDonald's Franchisees Say The Company Is Bankrupting Them
McDonald's franchisees are furious that the company's aggressive promotions and costly restaurant upgrades are squeezing their profits, according to a new survey. "Growth for McDonald's is over," one franchisee wrote in response to the survey by the financial services firm Janney Capital Markets.
Why Amazon Is Crashing: Jeff Bezos' Nightmare Quarters In Charts
Saxo Bank CIO Jakobsen Predicts Another "Shock Drop" in Markets; Addicted to Cheap Money
Crude oil plunge could hit big banks' bottom line: Scotia Capital
Oil Shocks And The Global Economy
Traffickers use prison ships, abductions to feed Southeast Asian slave trade
Manufacturing moving from China to US: survey

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Saudi airspace among most dangerous in the world
Saudi airspace has become one of the most potentially dangerous areas to fly in the world, with the rate of near-crashes surpassing seven times the global average.
Hawaiian Airlines posts $5M loss from Hurricanes Iselle and Julio
Fears lasers will lead to air tragedy
Airlines Hike Prices on Domestic Flights
The five biggest U.S. airlines all increased their base fare on domestic flights in the past week, despite declining fuel prices and apprehension over the potential spread of Ebola.
Airfare hikes not easy for fliers (and carriers)
HAL posts third quarter loss
Holiday airfares are rising amid record airline profits
Don't expect the once-struggling airline industry to pass its good fortune on to travelers during the holidays
Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraq seeks thousands of tank rounds
Iraqi Security Forces In Baghdad Set Up New Mobile Checkpoints To Prevent Car Bomb Attacks
U.S. arms crate bound for Kobani defenders may have fallen into Islamic State hands
How To Stop ISIS: Greenlight Its Neighbors—-Syria And Iran
This is one of the most sensible proposals I've seen in a long time. -- RF
Al Qaeda Wants Xinjiang In The Islamic Caliphate -- But Uighur Leaders Say No
Turkey kidnap plot raises doubts about U.S. troop safety
Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis
Washington's Feckless War On Russia Is Accelerating The Empire's Decline
The Next Big Thing: The Growth in Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean
US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People: Reports
Neocon Sabotage of Iran-Nuke Deal
Congressional neocons are determined to sink negotiations to constrain but not end Iran's nuclear program – all the better to get on with bombing Iran at the heart of their agenda.
Six officials 'disappear' in latest Pyongyang purges
Lone-Wolf Attacks Rise in New Era of Asymmetric Warfare
Ottawa Shooting Lockdown: Shooter Killed In Parliament Building, Soldier Dead
Belarus Wants to Criminalize Unemployment
Ottawa Shooting: FBI Urges Vigilance On US Border With Canada
Jerusalem Attack: Palestinian Man Drives Car Into Pedestrians In East Jerusalem, Killing Baby, Wounding Several Others
Moscow investigating crash involving Total boss
Mexican citizen journalist has her own murder posted on her Twitter account

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters burn city hall in Mexico town where 43 students vanished
Masked assailants Wednesday set fire to the city hall in Iguala in a rampage triggered by the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case of 43 missing student teachers.
Two killed in Sierra Leone riot over Ebola blood test
Protesters Clash With Ferguson Cops After Michael Brown Autopsy Leaked

## Energy/resources ##
Oil: Geology is Crushing Technology
Philippines looks to big companies' gensets to avert power shortage
The Philippine government said on Tuesday it would count on big businesses with diesel-fuelled power generators to avert rolling brownouts in 2015, as it struggles to get authority from the country's Congress to tackle a looming electricity shortage.
B.C. remains 'high-cost environment' despite lower LNG tax rates, industry group says
Another big petrochemical project in the US might hit some supply constraints
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Significantly Cuts Nuclear Safety Budget
Shale Boom's Allure to Wall Street Tested by Bear Market
Norway's Seismic Surveyors Say Hit by Lower Oil Price
Norway's Arctic Oil Ambitions Threatened by Slump in Oil
Saudi Arabia's Crude Oil Supply Said to Fall in September 

## Got food? ##
Report: 21 US cities restrict sharing food with homeless people
Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
Low Inflation? The Price Of Ground Beef Has Risen 17 Percent Over The Past Year
Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
Ebola Epidemic 2014: Liberians Threaten To Break Quarantine Over Food Shortage
Protecting Chickens From Predators
Seeding change
73% of seed crops are now 'owned' by 10 corporations – while community and grassroots initiatives are working to keep global diversity alive.

## Environment/health ##
Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000
Obama's "Ebola Czar" Thinks Overpopulation Is Top Challenge
US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.
Doctors: CDC's New Ebola Tracking Plan Is Political Theater
New York's First Ebola Case? Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Guinea Rushed To Bellevue Hosptial
Ebola crisis: Mali confirms first infection case
Texas plant converts CO2 to baking soda: Project funded in part by a U.S. economic recovery grant.
Report: Fracking in California dirty business
Maker of Camel cigarettes bans smoking in workplace

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Poll: 70 Percent of Young People Harassed Online (US)
CIA Apparently 'Impersonated' Senate Staffers To Gain Access To Documents On Shared Drives
The Challenges of Defending Your Child's Mind from Propaganda
Cybercriminals prey on Ebola fears to get inside your computer
Bluetooth spying beacons uncovered in LA & Chicago
Devices identical to those secretly planted in New York City phone booths have been installed in public spaces in Los Angeles and Chicago.
Citizenfour's Escape to Freedom in Russia
Xiaomi Moves International Users' Data Out of China

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What's Avant-Garde Now? Social Innovation
Special report: America's perpetual state of emergency
Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament
Nissan recalling 260,000 vehicles globally with Takata air bags
Water Crisis Seen Worsening as Sao Paulo Nears 'Collapse'

## Japan ##
Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles
Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists
The Keynesian Yen Trashers Blather On—-But Japan's Trade Accounts Are Still Deteriorating
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
Two U.S. Navy destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities are being forward deployed to Japan, the U.S. Navy announced.
BOJ Sees Bigger Chance of Fall in CPI Below 1%
Dismantling of reactor building cover begins
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool.
Special isolation ward for Ebola unveiled
Honda executives to take pay cut after fifth Fit hybrid recall
Hitachi Maxell to trim 250 jobs in battery unit
17 new coal power stations planned in Japan despite high levels of greenhouse gas emissions

## China ##
Panel: China Expanding Submarine Capabilities
PLA may transfer 100,000 soldiers to Xinjiang: report
Mapping China's Bursting Real Estate Bubble
Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'
China Scores Cheap Oil 14,000 Miles Away as Glut Deepens
China is finding oil supplies 14,000 miles away, aided by the global rout in prices that's left producers vying for new markets.

## UK ##
Pensioners can only afford to heat one room: government advice
The impact of the startling price of energy has been revealed by a government leaflet released today, which recommends that pensioners only heat one room in their house in order to stay warm without breaking the bank. It raises the question of just how desperate energy bills are making life for retirees.
How many "excess deaths" this winter? -- RF
'Full nest' parents spend £1,200 a year keeping adult children at home
Parents with adult children still living at home forced to take out loans and cut back on groceries, survey finds
The BBC is Using Anti-Terror Surveillance to Find Tax Dodgers
Tesco scraps profit outlook as accounting black hole deepens

## US ##
So, just how rich is Congress? Richer than you.
Chris Christie Says He's 'Tired of Hearing About the Minimum Wage'
Tennessee Woman Sentenced to Jail for Not Mowing Her Lawn
Fort Lauderdale Latest City to Restrict Feeding Homeless
Activists demand comprehensive federal data on Americans killed by police
The Fed's Assault On Savers—–Backdoor Repudiation Of The Federal Debt
'Walmart Moms' think America is in the 'crapper'
Out of control: "War on Terror" Targets Unlicensed Underwear – Department of Homeland Security Raids Maker of World Series Panties
Vote all you want. The secret government won't change.
Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn't have changed policies much even if he tried.
Which is essentially the point I made on July 18. Obama is not in charge, any more than Bush was. From POTUS on down, American elected officials largely do as dictated by the system; they actually have little discretion to make any substantive changes. So again, dumping on Obama, or any previous president, is barking up the wrong tree. -- RF
Firewood a hot commodity as rural Minnesotans ready for winter
After last year's long cold winter spiked propane costs and left firewood piles burned to nothing, White said rural Minnesotans are stocking up on anything to keep their homes warm.
Americans' love of central heating will lead to tragedy, as the struggle to heat entire homes, instead of just a few rooms, will exhaust fuel supplies much faster. -- RF
Is the US economy in for another harsh winter as energy companies struggle to stockpile fuel?
While we joked about it getting cold in Ukraine as they argued with Russia over supplies, it might be the other side of the Atlantic that faces the bigger chill.
Truck Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets
The Top 10 U.S. States Where Chinese Are Investing in Real Estate
Why Are Chinese Millionaires Buying Mansions in an L.A. Suburb?
U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings
Man arrested after jumping fence at White House
Unused vacation days at 40-year high
California community suffers as wells dry up in drought
"It's Very Extreme" - Drought & Drug Cartels Drain California's Aquifers At Record Rate
US Manufacturing PMI Tumbles, Biggest Miss In 14 Months
Schools install gun detection technology

And finally...
Woman spends a week in KFC to get over her break up (China)
Ebola plush toys are big sellers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


News Links, October 21-22, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Forex-Rigging Fines Could Hit $41 Billion Globally: Citi
Eurozone Rotting to the Core; Four Possibilities; Beyond the Math
How Much Gold Is On Loan Worldwide?
Ebola's Economic Fallout Can't Be Quarantined in Africa
IMF Cuts Africa Growth Forecast Amid Ebola Virus, Insecurity
M&A Deals Fail At Highest Rate Since 2008
The Canary In Big Blue's Mainframe: Why IBM's Q3 Bust Marks A Turning Point
The Artists' Road to Serfdom: The Commoditization of Creative Content
Why Moody's Cut Russia to Two Notches above Junk
'Deflationary pressure is bearing down' on global economy
Epidemic: Countries Falling Ill from Oil Anemia
Why Italy is in Trouble.
Denmark's central bank to stop producing money
With more and more people paying with credit cards and their smartphones, Denmark's central bank Nationalbanken says it no longer pays to print banknotes or mint coins.

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Pilots extend Lufthansa strikes to long-haul flights
How Cheap Oil Could Become a Real Problem for Airlines
Hong Kong to begin using ebola questionnaire at airport
Ebola Outbreak: US Requires West African Travelers To Land At 1 Of 5 Airports

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Australian Ground Troops Join Fight Against ISIS After Agreement Reached With Iraq
Obama's decision to aid Kobani puts him squarely at odds with Turkey's Erdogan
Turkey relents and allows Kurdish forces to join the fight against Islamic State
Russia supports Iraq, Syria by supplying weapons, military equipment — Lavrov
Russia is supporting the governments of Iraq, Syria and other Middle East states in their fight against terrorism, including by supplying weapons to them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
Amid New Attacks On Iraqi Shiites, Iran's Rouhani Pledges More Support To Iraqi Military In Fight Against ISIS
Islamic State Earns $800 Million a Year From Oil Sales
UK Reaper drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq
More Foreign Policy Incompetence – U.S. Humanitarian Aid is Going Directly to ISIS
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
Saudis probe oil pipeline blaze
Suicide bomber kills 67 in Yemen
Quadruple car bombings kill 40 in Karbala, Iraq
Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with powers: IAEA
Mexico Offers Reward, Takes Over Towns In Effort To Find Missing Students
Mission accomplished: Afghan Opium Poppies Hit Record High Despite $7 Billion US Campaign
LEAKED: What Happens to Germany if Russia Turns off the Gas
South Korea Military Command: US, Seoul Officials To Set Terms For Wartime Control Transfer
Violence Against Children Is Global Epidemic: UNICEF
The Endless Bush/Obama Gift To Iraq: Complete And Total Destruction
U.S., Japan to conduct joint military drill for island defense
Russia Deploys Troops, Robots Along Entire "2nd Middle East" Arctic Belt

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Not Just Democracy: Anti-Tycoon Anger Also Spurs Hong Kong Protesters
Hong Kong court bans street occupations as police warn of 'riot'
22 dead in attack on Han Chinese market in Xinjiang, report says

## Energy/resources ##
Oil prices keep going down, but this is not good news
Long-time readers will recall that after the crash of 2008, 60% of the new oil projects in the Middle East were mothballed. And unless oil prices recover soon, this will happen again. For those who still don't understand what "peak oil" means, this is a particularly good read. -- RF
U.S. Utilities Facing Fuel Shortage Problems As Winter Approaches
Some utilities have even had to resort to using trucks to deliver coal. Several power plants have partially or completely shut down operations due to a lack of fuel supply.
Kyrgyzstan Looks to Alternative Fuels Ahead of Looming Winter Shortages
Southern Kyrgyzstan has been without gas since April, when Russia's Gazprom took over the country's gas network, and neighboring Uzbekistan said it would not work with the Russians. That has forced residents in the south to use precious and expensive electricity to cook, or resort to burning dung and sometimes even furniture.
Britons Face Power Shortages As Two Nuclear Plants Cut Production
Is France's Love Affair with Nuclear Over?
Norway unable to supply extra gas to Europe: Minister
According to Aftenposten newspaper, Norwegian Energy Minister Tord Lien sent a letter to European Union officials saying that Norwegian gas will not be an adequate source for Europe if Russia cuts off gas supplies.
Nuclear Shutdowns Put Belgians and Britons on Blackout Alert
Saudi August oil exports fall to lowest in three years
Ukraine, Russia gas deal may be just enough to get through winter
Oil Workers Earning $179,000 Expose Norway to Crude Crash
Though the blessings of energy wealth have hardly turned to a curse, the industry's labor costs, which saw the average offshore worker earn $179,000 last year, threaten to curb investment in new projects as oil tumbles.
Sumitomo's Loss Shows Shale Isn't Booming for Everybody
Power plants seek to extend life of nuclear reactors (US)
Saudi-Kuwait oilfield shutdown may force Asian buyers to spot market-trade
A production halt at an oilfield run jointly by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait is expected to curb crude supply to Asian buyers - mainly Japanese and South Korean refiners - likely forcing them to turn to the Middle East spot market, traders said on Monday.
Oil nations brace for trouble as prices plunge
Oil, Gas Development in South China Sea Remains on Ice
Moscow: Ukraine expects the West to pay its $3.1 billion gas bill
Venezuela's Oil Industry So Clogged It Needs Historic Import from Algeria

## Got food? ##
McDonald's Gets More Expensive, Turning Off Some Diners

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Learning From Ancient Human Cultures
Homesteading: Self-sufficient couple has lived off land for 61 years

## Environment/health ##
Ebola Outbreak Update: Cuba Sends Over 450 Health Workers To West Africa, Leading Charge
At a meeting with regional leaders on Monday, Cuba announced it will send nearly 300 more medical workers to Ebola-stricken countries, adding to the 165 workers that recently arrived in Sierra Leone. The response dwarfs the response of many other larger and wealthier nations and comes days after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to step up their lackluster commitments to fight the virus.
Ebola Outbreak Opens Opportunity For Unlikely U.S.-Cuba Cooperation
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has opened an opportunity for on-the-ground cooperation between two unlikely partners: the United States and Cuba. In recent days, officials from both countries have emerged from their frigid diplomatic relationship to hint at possibilities for working side by side.
Urgent-care clinics ill-equipped to treat Ebola
Ebola Doctors at Breaking Point: 'This Constant Feeling That the Boat's Sinking'
Untrained, Ill-Equipped US Troops Off to Fight Ebola
Photos show effects of Ebola decontamination
Sugary soft drinks may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing – study
'Major' Oil Spill Strikes Louisiana, Threatens Waterways
North Dakota Oil Spill Cleanup Continues, 1 Year After Tesoro Pipeline Rupture
Hottest September Ever Keeps Earth on Pace for Record Year
Has Prozac killed off our starlings? (UK)
Prozac and other anti-depressants in the water system could be a factor in the disappearance of starlings fro our skies, new bird study claims
Earth's magnetic field may soon flip, according to new data
Honeybees get stung by California's severe drought

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
It's Not Just Spying – How the NSA Has Turned Into a Giant Profit Center for Corrupt Insiders
Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records
FBI wants Congress to mandate backdoors in tech devices to facilitate surveillance
Mortgage completions affected by BoE system crash
Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case
The Der Spiegel report referenced in the article can be found here. -- RF
Apple's Mac computers can automatically collect your location information
The Most 'Distrusted' News Sources In America
In bid to keep control over messages, interviews, Modi retains state media
Staples Latest Retailer Probing Possible Card Data Breach

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Safety Watchdog Urges 4.7M Americans to Fix Air Bags
Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata air bags
The Failing State Next Door: The War On Drugs And Civil Order In Mexico
Politico Poll: 64% Believe America Is 'Out of Control'
Hints of anarchy (US)
Land of the Free – 1 in 3 Americans Are on File with the FBI in the U.S. Police State
In Uncharted Waters
What I see as extremes that must necessarily end badly, others see as mere extensions of recently successful policies and trends.

## Japan ##
Japan firms want government action if yen weakens: Reuters poll
Kraken to Launch Bitcoin Ops in Japan This Month
Ministry proposes lower target for food self-sufficiency to help taxpayers
Japan's new METI minister says will restart reactors deemed safe
Japanese man who 3D printed guns sentenced to two years in prison
Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'
September supermarket sales down for sixth month
Dept. store sales down 0.7% in Sept. for sixth straight month
Government downgrades economic assessment second straight month
Harsh working conditions persist at Fukushima plant
Japan to crack down on wealthy tax dodgers fleeing abroad

## China ##
China's Economic Growth To Slow Over Next Two Decades: Conference Board
Why Chinese Growth Forecasts Just Crashed To A Paltry 3.9% - And Are Going Even Lower - In One Chart
Debt-laden 'zombie' firms threaten China's economy
Wobegone Investors Get Fleeced Amid China's Property Slump
China may be hacking every iPhone user in the country
Hong Kong government unyielding on election reforms
Hong Kong has too many poor people to allow direct elections, leader says

## UK ##
Didcot B power plant blaze stokes blackout fears
Mark Carney launches investigation after real-time payment system crash delays house purchases
Bank of England Governor promises 'thorough, independent review' after Real Time Gross Settlement payment system, which processes £277bn a day, resumes operations after being down for 10 hours
Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail
Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20%
UK public finance worsen as borrowing rises again
Here we go again: Saharan sun could provide energy for UK homes in £8bn plan to build 100 sq km solar farm - and a very long power cable
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube told to 'automatically' hand over Isis terrorists' data
Prisoners launching 'one person riots', says watchdog

## US ##
One-third of working Americans support two-thirds of the population
The hidden figures of those not in the labor force and transfer payments.
Yellen's Clueless Comments On Inequality—-Let Them Eat 401Ks
What NCR just Said about the American Retail Quagmire
State energy plan warns of fuel shortages (NH)
Journalist Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State
California's drought: Getting grimmer, say experts
Friends Of Liberty Alert: Secy Robert Reich And Senator McCain Join In Universal Servitude Plan (Ron Paul)
Will Our Private Savings Be Sacrificed To Pay Down The Public Debt?
19 Very Surprising Facts About The Messed Up State Of The U.S. Economy
The Bottom 90 Percent: No Better Off Today Than in 1986
Highly educated, unemployed and tumbling down
Slave labor in America today

And finally...
Oops! Drunk woman mistakes jail for bar

Sunday, October 19, 2014


News Links, October 18-20, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Handelsblatt: "Four German Banks On The Brink"
Signs of bubble collapse appearing in emerging Asia
More QE? These Charts Show the Pauperization of Workers in the UK and America since 2008
Argentina Announces $1 Billion Domestic Bond Sale To Lift Economic Woes
Even The IMF Gets It—–ZIRP Encourages Speculation, Not Investment
World's Richest Lose $26 Billion as Walton Heirs Falter
U.S. Debt Held by Foreigners Hits Record $6.07 Trillion
Nonperforming Spanish Loans Near All-Time High as Overall Credit Shrinks
Russians and Chinese are ditching the dollar as Europeans start using renminbi in their reserves
Why Venezuela is so desperate, in 5 easy charts
Moody's downgrades Russia to Baa2
Gold Imports by India Seen Rising More Than Fourfold Last Month
With seizures up, Indian gold smuggling loses its shine
Ebola: Insurance's new way to deal with an outbreak
New Gulf projects to hit $180bn this year despite oil price
About $180 billion of contracts for new construction projects will be awarded in wealthy Gulf states this year, the largest amount for six years, despite falling oil prices, according to a new study.
Ebola and the Shipping Industry

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Tiger Airways Holdings operating loss doubles in 2QFY2015
Government to buy Selmun Hotel to stem Air Malta's €25 million loss in 2015
Airline fees are nickel and diming you--you wish
Jackson's airport raising fees, cutting budget to offset loss of Southwest revenue
Air cargo industry bracing for continued loss of freight to ocean, analyst says
A congressman takes on frequent-flier programs for favoring airlines over fliers
Lufthansa cancels 1,450 flights due to pilots' strike
Belgium's Brussels Airport to begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken zone

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraqi PM Doesn't Want Foreign Troops, Asks Militias Instead To Help Fight ISIS
Saddam Hussein's former pilots training ISIS how to fly three captured MiG fighter jets, witnesses say
Pentagon preparing for long war in Iraq, Syria
ISIS Battle For Kobani: Fiercest Fighting In Days Hits Syrian Border Town

Saudi oil pipeline set alight amid gunfire
Gunfire directed at security forces set fire to an oil pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia, just days after a dissident Shiite cleric was sentenced to death.
Either You're the Butcher or You're the Cattle
Or as Senator Mike Enzi famously said, "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." -- RF
Yemen Civil War: Tenuous Cease-Fire Called As Dozens Killed In Clashes Between Al Qaeda, Houthis
Sweden hunts for suspected Russian submarine in Cold War-style drama
Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market
North and South Korea exchange another round of gunfire across border

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hong Kong protesters retake Mong Kok streets in battles with police
Hong Kong Street Clashes Continue Despite Imminent Talks

## Energy/resources ##
Oil slump means canceled projects as investment declines
The global crash in crude prices is reverberating through the oil and gas industry, pressuring producers to curtail investment to protect profits and avoid cuts to dividend payments.
Coal stocks at power plants lowest in 25 years (India)
BP to restart North Sea gas field half-owned by Iran
BP will restart the Rhum gas field in the UK North Sea, half-owned by Iran's National Oil Company, four years after the field was shut down due to Western sanctions, a BP spokesman said on Friday.
Ukraine says it agrees on interim gas price with Russia
Oil Bust Has Brazil in Deep Water
Modi Eases Fuel Controls in Move to Revive India Economy
India scrapped controls on diesel prices and increased natural gas tariffs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biggest steps toward curbing subsidies, spurring energy output and reviving the economy.
Calgary braces for gloom of falling oil prices
Oil decline: Price makes the story
Sydney's Caltex refinery closed as Chevron's crude production and sales continue to decline

## Got food? ##
This is What School Lunch Looks Like in Chickasha, Oklahoma
Plastic containers protect and poison your food
Why there may not be enough chocolate in the world anymore
GMO Purveyors Monsanto & Co. Open New Fronts in Food War
Japan's rice farms rotting from inside
The failure of governments to protect small-scale family farms that rely on traditional methods will be a major factor in promoting global starvation. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Latest Intellectual Property Chapter Of TPP Agreement Leaked: Would Be A Disaster For Public Health
Another Poke In The Eye For Clean Coal
EPA Analysis Evidence Notorious Neonics Should be Suspended, Watchdog Groups Say
Analysis 'has confirmed what farmers, beekeepers and scientists have been saying all along: neonicotinoids do more harm than good'
Plastic Junk Litters Our Oceans, Killing Sea Life — And It's Getting Worse
Opinion: 1,000 years of Dust Bowls now inevitable
Ebola is getting worse in Guinea and no one's paying any attention
UN's asks $1 billion fast-track fund for Ebola falls woefully short
An alarmed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in late September asked nations around the world to quickly help raise $1 billion to fight the deadly virus Ebola. As of Friday, only $100,000 has come in -- from Colombia.
Pentagon building rapid-response Ebola team
Why airport screening won't stop Ebola
U.S. Ebola Cases May Exceed Two Dozen by November, Researchers Say

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
WPost's Slimy Assault on Gary Webb
The movie, "Kill the Messenger," portrays the mainstream U.S. news media as craven for destroying Gary Webb rather than expanding on his investigation of the Contra-cocaine scandal. So, now one of those "journalists" is renewing the character assassination of Webb.
Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules
Personal Data up for Grabs in the Great Cyber War
More Than 77 Million Records Hacked So Far in 2014
A total of 606 data breaches have been recorded so far in 2014 by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). About 77.6 million records have been exposed, including the breach of 56 million credit and debit card numbers at Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), the largest breach ever recorded for a retail company.
Director Comey Admits FBI does Conduct Surveillance without a Warrant
FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"
The FBI Director's Evidence Against Encryption Is Pathetic
Cyber-Espionage and Trade Agreements: An Ill-Fitting and Dangerous Combination
Germany blames pro-Russian rebels for MH17 passenger plane crash: Spiegel
The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
A Mysterious Iran-Nuke Document
A mysterious document has been used for a half dozen years to derail nuclear talks with Iran, but its origins remain dubious and one expert says it's been used to take international inspectors "for a ride."

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Raising the Dead: Lack of Space Forces Cemeteries Skywards
Why Nations (and organizations) Fail: Self-Serving Elites
VW recalls 1.1 million cars in North America, China over suspension issue
Fiat Chrysler Recalls 900,000 Vehicles
One in every five U.S. cars recalled this year
Takata air bag defects far more severe than revealed
Daikin recalls 840,000 air conditioner and air purifier units due to fire hazard (Japan)
Sediment filling 100 dam reservoirs (Japan)

## Japan ##
46% think towns, cities face bleak future: survey
Another window on the ongoing collapse of Japan's socioeconomic system. -- RF
Japanese Stocks Tumble After BoJ Bond-Buying Operation Fails For First Time Since Abenomics
Half of Tokyo's large-cap shares have P/B ratio below 1
BOJ May Need to Buy More Longer-Term Debt
The Bank of Japan 8301.TO -0.53% is reaching the limit of what it can buy in short-term debt from the market, a development that suggests it may have to shift its asset buying toward longer-term debt.
Tokyo-Nagoya maglev train project OK'd
Any rational person would surely realize that this train line will never be completed. IMHO, the real reason for approving it is to provide construction companies with a smorgasbord of make-work projects. Further, financing will likely require many huge loans, which are welcome because the creation of massive debt is needed to fuel economic expansion.  -- RF
Challenges still ahead for green-lit maglev
Abe keen to establish new Japanese Constitution
Record cesium level detected in Fukushima No. 1 groundwater; Tepco blames heavy rainfall
Nuclear reactor restarts unlikely this year

## China ##
China Takes A Page From SARS To Deal With Ebola Outbreak
China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.
Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters
Slowing housing development drags on China's growth
China central bank to inject $32.6 billion
China's central bank is planning to inject 200 billion yuan ($32.6 billion) into the banking system, according to financial executives briefed on the matter, as recent credit-easing measures have failed to push the world's second-largest economy back to stronger growth rates amid deepening worries about a global slowdown.
China's Banks Are Getting Ready For A Debt Implosion

## UK ##
Ebola screening extended as David Cameron warns virus is 'biggest problem in a generation'
'Disabled are grateful so work harder,' says Tory minister
UK academics set up as the world's first space detectives
Raymond Purdy and Raymond Harris use the growing constellation of cameras that orbit Earth to help solve crime on the ground
Bank of England chief economist 'gloomier' about UK prospects
Under-30s being priced out of the UK, says social mobility tsar
Britain is on the verge of becoming permanently divided between tribes of haves and have-nots as the young increasingly miss out on the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation, the government's social mobility tsar claim.

## US ##
113 Federal Reserve Staff Members Make $250,000 Annually
Fed Chair Janet Yellen 'Greatly' Concerned About Rising Income Inequality
She could start at the Fed. -- RF
Ninety percent of US families are no wealthier than they were in 1986
About The Obama Recovery—-No Progress On The Poverty Front
Ebola scare closes Pentagon parking lot
Forget about Ebola – here's why US banks (and your savings) are now EXTREMELY vulnerable
Facing $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities – which is nearly double 2012's total global output – and with no inclination to reduce those numbers at all, at this point disaster for the US is entirely unavoidable.
How Americans go poor by spending money on housing and related expenses
10 Shocking and Wildly Depressing Facts About Being Homeless in Uncaring America
Guantánamo Bay Is Crumbling Into Ruins
Many Americans believe that the Guantánamo Bay prison has been a moral disaster for their country. It's becoming increasingly evident that the prison has been a financial catastrophe, as well.
Sprint cuts 452 jobs at its Kansas headquarters
As debt mounts, Caesars in talks with lenders
Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty
More than 1,200 weapons including guns and Tasers seized from New York schoolchildren

And finally...
Man arrested for assaulting victim with a burrito

Thursday, October 16, 2014


News Links, October 16-17, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Time to reduce reliance on the dollar: Russia PM
Greece 10-Year Bond Yield Soars to 9% as Prime Minister's Gambit Explodes
What Options Are Left for Central Banks?
Siemens to cut 1,200 jobs at German energy ops: German radio
Office Depot to cut 1,100 jobs in Europe
9 Ominous Signals Coming From The Financial Markets That We Have Not Seen In Years
A dizzying day for Wall Street as stocks plunge
The Problem With Central Bank Money Printing Is A Debt Spiral, Not Runaway Consumer Inflation
Dow Has Fallen More Than 1,000 Points in Less Than a Month
The stock market correction has arrived
Massive global volatility, central bank wizardry, geo-political instability, and people finally realizing how overvalued the market has become.
If A Few Ebola Cases Can Make The Stock Market Crash This Much, What Would A Full-Blown Pandemic Mean?
No matter what statistics show, Canada's housing boom is about to end, experts say
"House Price Inflation" in Canada
Is the blindingly magnificent housing bubble in Canada running out of steam? Even the US housing bubble that imploded so spectacularly, pales by comparison. It's so big and so all-encompassing that even the Bank of Canada and ratings agencies publicly fret about the damage it might do to banks, and the entire financial system, when it meets its maker.
Why the State Has Failed to Reform Our Broken Financial System
Expecting the state to truly reform the nation's engines of financialization is like asking the cocaine addict married to the wealthy dealer to divorce the dealer.
8 European Countries In Outright Deflation As Inflation Expectations Crash To Record Low

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks
5 taken from Logan plane in precaution
Five passengers experiencing flu-like symptoms aboard an Emirates flight originating in Dubai were escorted off the plane Monday afternoon by a team in full hazmat suits at Logan International Airport, and other passengers were kept on board for nearly three hours while officials assessed the situation.
Passenger Wears A Hazmat Suit To Dulles Airport
Worried fliers wear masks as precaution against Ebola
Second Ebola-Infected Nurse Identified, Was Symptomatic With 99.5 Degree Fever While Flying
CDC Demands 132 Passengers That Flew With 2nd Ebola Patient Report For Testing
Airlines Fly Away From Ebola, Leaving Aid Workers Stranded
The Ebola Effect Arrives: Half Of Americans Will Avoid International Air Travel Out Of Ebola Fears

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Turkey Finally Starts Bombing—–The Kurds!
Gen. Allen: US Won't Coordinate With Existing Syrian Rebels
Gen. John Allen, who has been advising President Obama on his new war against ISIS, today revealed that the administration has no plans to ever coordinate with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or any other of the existing rebel factions. That's a surprise, because officials have been harping on for years about how great these factions are, and have been lavishing them with US arms and funding.
Iraqis desperate for air cover as U.S. moves warplanes to Kobani
How A Dispute Over Tanker United Leadership Explains The Role Of Oil In The Fight Against ISIS
ISIS Poised To Launch Major Attack On Town Just 25 Miles From Baghdad
Kuwaiti Official: Gulf States Plan Joint Naval Force
Russia-US relations reset 'impossible': PM Medvedev
Hidden Agenda Behind the new Free Trade Deals: "Everyone but China"
Climate Change May Lead To War Says New DOD Report
Houthi rebels take over Yemen's Hodeidah port: residents
Egypt Says Its Warplanes Are Bombing Islamist Militias In Libya
Ukraine's Neo-Nazis Demand Respect
Thousands of Ukraine's neo-Nazis surrounded the parliament in Kiev demanding that the government honor Ukrainian paramilitary forces who fought for Adolf Hitler in World War II, another embarrassing reminder of the extremism unleashed by last February's U.S.-backed coup.
Taiwan Considers Permanent Armed Ships For Disputed South China Sea Island
CIA's Own Study Finds US Arming of Foreign Rebels a Failed Operation
While the CIA continues to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebels, a new, still-classified internal study obtained early by the New York Times finds that the agency's gun-running tactics in conflict areas have almost never succeeded, the Times reported on Wednesday.
Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq
No, Chemical Weapons in Iraq Do Not Prove That Bush Was Right to Invade
US Ebola Force Continues To Build in West Africa
Chinese Navy Chief Conducts 'Unprecedented' Survey Of Spratly Islands
More mass graves discovered in Mexico 3 weeks after students disappeared

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Occupy Central: Hong Kong Police Arrest 45 Protesters In Offensive To Clear Blocked Roads
In Response to Violence and Raids, Protesters Blockade Hong Kong Police Headquarters
Hong Kong Protester Ken Tsang Beaten By Police: 'Never Seen That Behavior,' Activist Says
Hong Kong Protests Reignited As Anger Over Police Beating Of Activist Ken Tsang Grips Demonstrators
Photos: Walmart workers arrested in New York and Washington protesting for $15 minimum wage
Street Demonstrations In 21 European Countries Held To Protest Against TAFTA/TTIP; Another ACTA Revolt Brewing?
Cries for 'US Troops Out Now' Follow Soldier's Alleged Killing of Woman in Philippines

## Energy/resources ##
Cash Is Gone: World's Most Expensive Oil Project Just Got More Costly
The Kashagan oil field – the world's most expensive oil project – will face several more years of delays and cost overruns. The project's price tag, already north of $50 billion (other estimates say costs are much higher), will rise by an additional $4 billion as a consortium of international oil companies have to replace two 55-mile pipelines. The episode highlights the growing difficulty that oil majors are having at maintaining their worldwide production levels.
Shale bust: Bulls Running: Frackers Getting Trampled
Toxic Mix Blows up: Oil Price Collapse & Junk Bond Insanity
Oil resumes slump, dipping as low as $80.01
Saudi Prince Alwaleed says falling oil prices 'catastrophic'
Saudi Arabia Still Calling the Shots
Caspian Sea Could Be Key To Russian Control Of Eurasian Energy Markets
The zesty gathering also concluded with a chest-thumping promise not to allow foreign militaries to set up camp in the Caspian region, an obvious snub at NATO's aspirations with Azerbaijan.
Fusion Breakthrough? We'll Build Compact Reactor in a Year: Lockheed
Again, cheap energy — even if there is such a thing — would not stop the Ponzi death spiral. -- RF
The Shale Bubble
Lukoil boss meets Iraqi oil minister
Top 5 Ways Lower oil Prices Could Change the World
There are a number of ways the situation could play out, and this is one take. One prediction, seen here as well, is that it will create difficulties for tight oil production in the US. But shale drilling has been a loser from the get-go, and the industry is already mired in debt. It will collapse anyway, even without the help of lower oil prices. Also mentioned here is that cheaper oil will hinder the development of electric vehicles. It has always been my contention that the EV is an invention whose time never came. The argument for electric vehicles (same for hydrogen vehicles) is a simplistic dream which fails to perceive the indispensable role of oil in the manufacture and maintenance of EVs, in making their tires, and in the construction and maintenance of roads, without which all vehicles are worthless. The EV dream is of course an extension of the dream that we'll be able to run industrial/consumer civilization on renewables. -- RF
Bugs Joining Robots to Overcome Global Shortage of Copper
Seeking to overcome a shortfall that may reach 2 million tons within four years, companies including Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, Central Asia Metals Plc (CAML) and Nautilus Minerals Inc. (NUS) are using specialized microorganisms to extract copper from previously unusable ore, sending robots a mile below the sea to tap rich deposits and recovering the metal from decades-old dump sites in Kazakhstan.
Kuwait moves toward cutting diesel, kerosene subsidies in key reform
Kuwait's government is moving towards cutting some of the energy subsidies which drain billions of dollars from the state budget every year, in a politically sensitive reform which could start to curb waste and overuse of its oil resources.
Germany plans first ever cut to green energy levy
The oil drama
India May Become World's Largest Coal Importer
Plunging Oil Prices a Game-Changer for Major Pipeline Projects

## Got food? ##
Ebola Outbreak 2014: An Impending Food Crisis Worries Officials
U.S. farmers seen cutting fertilizer use as crop prices slide
U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines.

## Environment/health ##
Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Finds
Google Glass Addiction? Doctors Report First Case of Disorder
Researchers uncover the disgusting truth about NYC rats
Peru says country's glaciers shrank 40 pct in 4 decades from climate change
'Great wall of Jakarta' planned to combat floods in sinking capital
Nurses Say No Ebola Protocol Meant Tape to Cover Skin
Whistleblower nurse describes 'chaos' at US Ebola hospital
Briana Aguirre claims she was given a hazmat suit with a large hole in it and waste from suspected Ebola patients was piled "up to the ceiling" in corridors
Obama's Cynical, Stilted Response to Ebola vs. Cuba's Magnificent Mobilization
Ebola cases nearing 9,000, says WHO
Privatized Ebola
St. Lucia, Colombia Ban Travelers From Ebola-Hit Countries, As Second Case In US Is Detected
US Government Has Ebola 'Do Not Fly List' Of Exposed People: Report
Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Checked with CDC Before Flight: Source
UN official warns some anti-Ebola measures might violate human rights
UN chief: Fund to fight Ebola has $100,000 in bank
Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa's Ebola crisis
FEMA Conducting Pandemic Drills Amidst Ebola Crisis
Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks, "You Don't Want To Know Worst Case"

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Google discloses Web encryption vulnerability in SSL 3.0
Project Censored exposes top 25 most censored news stories of 2013-2014
FBI Warns US Businesses Of Cyberattacks, Blames Beijing
Propaganda 101 – How the Pentagon is Trying to Rewrite Vietnam War History
New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents
FBI director warns against cellphone encryption
FBI Director: If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Toyota recalls 1.75 million cars worldwide
Trillions in Global Cash Await Call to Fix Crumbling U.S.

## Japan ##
Japan lawmakers say open to limits on casinos in push for bill's passage
Internet addiction rising in Japan
Japanese megabanks trying investors' patience on payouts
SDF jets scrambled 533 times in last 6 months to counter rising Russian incursions
Radioactivity spikes in No. 1 reactor well water
As Japan eyes nuclear restarts, renewables get shut out of grid
Bullying at elementary schools hits record high at 118,805 cases
No biohazard facilities in Japan can handle Ebola
Aging facilities, green staff put factories' safety at risk
Japan's manufacturing industry has been plagued by a spate of serious accidents in recent years, as aging plants and the retirement of experienced employees are believed to have led to the death or serious injury of workers.
Health fees to rise for elderly / Government seeks to stem medical costs
As Communities Block Nuclear Restart, Japan's 48 Operable Reactors Idle

## China ##
China blocks BBC website as Hong Kong tensions rise
They'll Be Watching: Beijing Gears Up for APEC With 1,000 Cameras
More Than 82 Million Chinese Live on Less Than $1 a Day
Chinese Real Estate Buyers Turn to Tokyo

## UK ##
UK energy bill crisis looms as consumers pay more despite using less
Which? says annual spending on gas and electricity has rocketed by 52% above inflation in less than 10 years
Immigration causing 'pressure on housing' in London, claims report
UK to start using wheat for ethanol production
Threat of extremist attack in UK is escalating, say police
About 50 people a week referred to deradicalisation programmes, with 218 terror-related arrests so far this year

## US ##
If the US Deficit is 'only' $483 Billion, why does the Government Have to Borrow $1.1 Trillion to Fill the Hole?
Big Four Economic Indicators Near Stall Speed
Los Angeles mayor vows to cut city's water use by 20 per cent as drought continues to bite
California Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Warm Winter: NOAA
Nearly half of Americans haven't planned how much they need to retire
Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA
Outsourcing Public Services: Governors Push Privatization, With Disastrous Results
WMT cuts sales outlook for fiscal 2015
Wal-Mart Stores Inc cut its full-year sales growth forecast, hurt by a stronger dollar and a bigger-than-expected impact from the cut in the government food stamp program last year.
Sleeping 7-year-old girl shot in head during no-knock police raid on wrong home
For Bank Of America, Crime Is Now An Ordinary Course Of Business
5 Bills in the Land of the Free that are straight out of Atlas Shrugged
I thought that "H.R. 4904: Vegetables Are Really Important Eating Tools for You (VARIETY)" had to be a joke, but checked and found that it is real. What next? -- RF
21-Point Plunge in Empire State manufacturing Index, New Orders Contract; Future Expectations Remain in Stratosphere
Welcome to Arcadia – The California Suburb Where Wealthy Chinese Criminals are Building Mansions to Stash Cash
21-Point Plunge in Empire State manufacturing Index, New Orders Contract; Future Expectations Remain in Stratosphere
Obama Authorizes National Guard, Reserves for Ebola Fight

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