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[l] at 8/3/20 5:52pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
More than three million Chileans seek to withdraw pensions amid pandemic
Pensions to be hit as Bank of Ireland charges negative interest on cash Why the US dollar slide may be a sign of real danger this time
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Ex-PBoC official sees expansive role for CBDCs

## Airline death spiral ##
Thousands back petition demanding State aid for Aer Lingus The world's airlines say they won't recover until 2024, reflecting a new wave of pessimism as the pandemic rages on Airlines, unions push for billions in additional federal aid to save airline jobs as layoffs loom
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran's Khamenei: Not going to help Trump get Reelected by Negotiating, and besides, America is Collapsing National Guard Reorganizes to Prepare for War With Russia and China (US) Poland Agrees To Pay Almost All Costs of US Troop Presence Raytheon and Rafael to build Iron Dome in US U.S. Navy, Air Force hold unannounced exercise in Black Sea
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Israel's 'Bibi generation' starts to turn on Netanyahu over economy and COVID-19 Thai protesters openly criticize monarchy Protesting Germans Revolt Against 'Muzzle' Facemasks And Pandemic Restrictions

## Energy/resources ##
Saudi Arabia May Be Forced To Cut Oil Prices Once Again More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds Offshore Driller Noble Files for Bankruptcy Could Deep Sea Mining Fuel The Electric Vehicle Boom? The world is hungry for resources to power the green transition. As we increasingly look to solar, wind, geothermal and move towards decarbonization, consumption of minerals such as cobalt, lithium and copper, which underpin them, is set to grow markedly. Well, how about that? The "green" transition looks an awful lot like the destructive and polluting system we've already got, in addition to which we'll now be digging up the bottom of the sea to get the shiploads of resources needed for this transition to that beautiful green future. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Farms for the Future: 20 Organizations Protecting Farmland In the United States, over 2,000 acres of agricultural land are sold every day for housing or commercial development. And this race to destroy farmland is by no means confined to the US. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
Scientists and environmental groups 'alarmed' by huge rise in Amazon wildfires There's a Heatwave at the Arctic 'Doomsday Vault' Thousands forced to evacuate in California as wildfire erupts to 20,516 acres Study: Saving pandas led to downfall of other animals
• Coronavirus
From 'brain fog' to heart damage, COVID-19's lingering problems alarm scientists Coronavirus global report: 'response fatigue' fears as Mexico hits 9,000 daily cases US COVID-19 Deaths May Hit 200,000 by Labor Day As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## With this new sensor, Blackjack drones can monitor an entire city at once Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.
Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret "surveillance scores" - digital mug shots of millions of  Americans - that supposedly predict our future behavior. The firms sell their scoring services to major businesses across the U.S. economy.
Update: The TikTok Clusterf***: Trump To Order A Block, Microsoft Wants To Buy, And Competition Is Still There
TikTok Ban: For National Security or US Tech Companies? Trump says Microsoft should pay 'key money' to Treasury for facilitating TikTok deal Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple U.S. moves against TikTok reflect a pushback against China's rise as a tech power, expert says DHS Obtained Protesters' Encrypted Messages, Used Them To Craft 'Intelligence' Reports 'They Should Be In Jail': How The Guardian and New York Times 'Set Up' Julian Assange
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
'Doctors' opinions are a dime a dozen': Trump adviser Navarro again ignores experts, touts hydroxychloroquine

## Japan ##
Raytheon lobbying Japanese lawmakers to replace Lockheed Martin as radar supplier Japan, China to hold maritime working-level talks after pandemic
Okinawa imposes state of emergency as coronavirus cases spike
Japan reports over 1,300 new cases daily
Okinawa virus outbreaks ignite scrutiny of U.S. SOFA privileges

## China ##
So What's With Those Weird Seed Packets from China? China embarks on charm offensive toward Japanese companies
HSBC boosts bad loan provisions, sees second quarter profit plunge as coronavirus crushes global business activity Beijing pushing New Delhi toward a hard choice

## UK ##
Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu 'hugely beneficial'

## US ##
A Third Of US Museums "Not Confident" They Will Survive Lord & Taylor, Oldest U.S. Department Store, Goes Bankrupt
A day after Trump floated delaying the presidential election, which he cannot do, the White House condemned Hong Kong for delaying its election Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass praised Scientology at a 2010 ceremony Nearly half of all furloughed workers now believe their temporary layoff will become permanent 'It's really devastating us': Beach towns fear they won't survive a summer of COVID-19 Airbnb cracks down on New Jersey 'party houses' as COVID-19 spreads among young people The record-setting jobs comeback looks like it could be coming to an abrupt halt Fed policymakers call for fiscal support to save U.S. economy COVID-19 on brink of ending 6 decades of driving growth in U.S.
Analysts say the severe decline in auto traffic might have a tremendous impact on numerous related industries. 'Insulin or groceries': How reduced unemployment affects struggling Americans from California to Mississippi Consumers Use Free Money to Pay Down Debt Second Fed President Calls For More Free Money

[Author: noreply@blogger.com (Rice Farmer)]

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[l] at 8/2/20 4:35pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Record economic slumps hit Europe in face of resurgent virus Southeast Asia poverty to surge in 'socio-economic crisis': UN
The Dethroning of the US Dollar US Printed More Money in One Month Than in Two Centuries Universal Basic Income Is Not An Economic Savior Summertime sadness: Resurgent virus dims global crisis recovery hopes Silver: poor man's gold no more? Global housing market chaos nowhere near end
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Raytheon Sells Military GPS Business, After Cutting 8,000 Aerospace Jobs
Walmart Layoffs 2020: Hundreds Of Corporate Workers To Be Cut
## Airline death spiral ##
Hong Kong, Singapore on list of 10 airports with the most parked jets Flights between Turkey, Iraq suspended over coronavirus: Iraq aviation LATAM Airlines to fire 'at least' 2,700 workers in Brazil
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russian Jet Intercepts Another US Spy Plane Over Black Sea Iran Leader: No Talks With US, Iran Won't Give Up Civilian Nuclear Program
Egypt Receives Advanced Russian Fighter Jets Over US Lingering Sanctions Threat
India, China struggle to resolve border disputes Israel Delivers Demolition Orders for 36 Palestinian-owned Structures near Jenin
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Zimbabwe streets deserted after anti-govt protests are banned
Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions Russian Far East Protesters Turn Out by the Thousands as Crackdown Intensifies
## Energy/resources ##
More Bad News For Big Oil: Exxon-Mobil, Chevron Post Huge Second Quarter Losses UAE launches operations in first nuclear power plant in the Arab world
Asian LNG Prices Are Way To Low For U.S. Exporters
## Got food? ##
Red onions from California linked to nearly 400 salmonella cases
USDA issues health alert for frozen taquitos and chimichangas that may contain plastic, posing choking hazard
## Environment/health ##
Polluted U.S. Neighborhoods Haven't Improved in 40 Years (US)
Natural toxins likely killed hundreds of Botswana elephants: govt Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles Satellite survey shows California's sinking coastal hotspots More than 1,000 evacuate as Apple Fire blazes in Southern California • Coronavirus Dr. Birx warns U.S. in new phase of coronavirus pandemic with 'extraordinarily widespread' cases Vietnam counts record number of cases as virus creeps back WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 292,000 'Losing battle': Philippine doctors, nurses urge new COVID-19 lockdowns U.S. makes deal for 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, deaths expected to rise COVID-19: India sets new record of cases; sanitizer kills 10 South Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass half a million At least 40 infected with COVID-19 on Norway cruises amid scramble to trace passengers
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## Austria Confirms OPCW Report On Skripal Faking By The British – Vienna Exposes Financial Times Lies And Cover-Up Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web TikTok responds to Trump's proposed ban: 'We're not planning on going anywhere' If "harvesting data" is a real concern, then shouldn't all social media be banned? -- RF TikTok - How The White House Helped U.S. Investors To Raid A Chinese Company Trump to take action on Chinese software firms in the coming days: Pompeo
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Chances Of Societal Collapse In Next Few Decades Is Sky High, Modelling Suggests
A Vaccine May Not Be the "Magical Cure" Everyone Anticipates
## Japan ## Japan Acted Like the Virus Had Gone. Now It's Spread Everywhere.
Tokyo reports 292 new coronavirus cases Japan confirms 1,512 new coronavirus infections Man in western Japan develops brain disease symptoms from coronavirus: local gov't

## China ##
U.S. sells record amount of corn to China as tensions rise China seen buying up to 13 mil mt of soybeans from US in Q4: ADM Global investors drive record inflows into Chinese bonds in July China's young jobseekers struggle despite economic recovery China sends team to Hong Kong to do widespread coronavirus testing Hong Kong 'issues arrest warrants' for exiled democracy activists
## UK ## Riots 'worse than 2011' could hit UK amid rising tensions over policing and coronavirus, Sage experts warn
UK Refuses to Release Information on Assange Judge Who Has 96 Percent Approval Rate in Extradition Cases Coronavirus: Train passengers at risk of catching disease within 8ft of an infected person Dozens of migrants in small boats head for UK one day after record Channel crossing numbers
'Major incident' declared in British city of Manchester to tackle COVID-19
## US ##
Retail rents plummet across New York City, as America's glitzy shopping districts turn into ghost towns
The Virus That's Really Killing Americans? Greed and Corporate Profiteering Average Age of Cars & Trucks on the Road Sets Record, Will Jump During Pandemic as New-Vehicle Sales Plunge to 1970s Level One-Third of U.S. Restaurants Face Permanent Closure This Year Gym owners defy pandemic orders, break into own business closed by state and reopen it Job trouble? Wave of rehiring after economy reopened to fade in July after viral spiral Banks are begging for spare change: How long coin shortage could last

[Author: noreply@blogger.com (Rice Farmer)]

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[l] at 7/31/20 5:46pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Fiat Chrysler reports $1.2 billion loss in second quarter Turkey Faces Second Currency Crisis in Two Years, Lira Slumps to Record Low
Foreign investors are fleeing, worried about surging inflation, deeply negative real interest rates, and a central bank unwilling to crack down on inflation. Memo from Insiders: Dear Bagholders, Thanks for Buying Our Shares at the Top Gold heads for biggest monthly gain since Jan 2012 on rush to safety
Peter Schiff: The Dollar Is Not Just Going Down; It's Going to Crash
## Airline death spiral ##
British Airways owner IAG to raise €2.75bn after record loss British Airways pilots accept pay cuts, job losses negotiated by union Tough times ahead for Singapore Airlines Air Canada weighs order cancellations, blames travel restrictions, after second-quarter loss U.S. airlines making push for new round of payroll assistance
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Chinese long-range bombers join drills over South China Sea
Will Japan Pursue a Strike Capability in Lieu of Aegis Ashore? Iran Uses First Military Satellite to Map, Publish U.S. Base in Qatar Philippines: Can't afford to go to war with China over sea row, Duterte admits in national address It's Official: Pompeo Has Declared Cold War With China
This puts us on a course for a costly and unnecessary conflict at a time when we can't even take care of our own problems. U.S. to have permanent troop presence in Poland as defence pact agreed
AFRICOM ordered to plan move out of Germany, latest pullout from key European ally Hungary upgrades military with delivery of German tanks
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Trump: Feds won't leave Portland until governor clamps down on protesters
## Energy/resources ##
Heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks a waste of energy and money
Power Blackouts Could Tip Iraq's Protesters Over the Edge Vehicles burned in Mexico to protest US water payment Brutal 20-Week Rig Count Collapse Finally Subsides As Oil Prices Stabilize
## Got food? ##
Plastics, pathogens and baby formula: What's in your shellfish?
'We had to eat our seeds for planting': 10 million in Sudan facing food shortages
Coronavirus-linked hunger kills 10,000 children per month, says UN

## Environment/health ##
Coastal flooding set to get more frequent, threatening coastal life and global GDP Researchers make major, concerning microplastics discovery Scientists genetically alter squids for the first time in 'game-changing' breakthrough USDA identifies some of the mysterious, unsolicited seeds after all 50 states issue warnings • Coronavirus Experts: Infection spreading rapidly outside Tokyo World Health Organization reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases across globe WHO: Young people are 'letting down their guard'
Global health body says youth-oriented 'amplifiers' such as nightclubs are causing Covid-19 spikes HK activists arrested, politicians barred Rodrigo Duterte: 'I'm not joking - clean masks with petrol' Dr. Fauci says coronavirus is so contagious, it won't likely ever disappear Greece extends mask-wearing requirement as coronavirus infections flare up
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Big Google and Facebook are Watching You! How to hide from a drone, like a Marine China Criticizes Trump for 'Double Standards' Over TikTok The US is a 'cheap date' in cyberspace. A commission has ideas to change that.

## Japan ##
Tokyo reports 463 new coronavirus cases Tokyo could declare emergency if situation worsens: Koike LDP policymakers say Japan should have missile base-striking ability In what could be a controversial move under the pacifist Constitution, the Liberal Democratic Party's defense policy committee on Friday approved a proposal for Japan to have the capability of halting ballistic missile attacks within enemy territory, a document showed. Japan's top court rules GPS tracking of cars is not spying Tokyo Disney Resort Operator Logs Record Quarterly Loss Fitch downgrades ratings outlook for Japan to negative

## China ##
US must prepare for an ever more powerful China, Rand Corporation says
Three Gorges Dam weathers the flood challenge
Monsoon torrent passes as signs emerge that Chinese leaders may be cooling on huge hydroelectric projects U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese company over abuse of Uighurs Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus
## UK ##
New push to raise Covid-19 testing capacity in England to 500,000 a day COVID infections on the rise in England, survey shows Use of plastic bags in England drops by 59% in a year Coronavirus: Visiting people at home banned in parts of northern England

## US ##
CDC reports the rich sleep better at night Who would have thought? -- RF COVID-19: Poverty Weaponized By Elite as US Eviction Crisis Looms New Government Loan 'Could Accelerate Demise of US Postal Service' Portland Journalists Ask For Sanctions As Federal Agents Continue To Assault Reporters And Legal Observers A surge in evictions could turn into financial crisis, economist warns It could also result in more riots. -- RF Consumer Spending Jumps for a Second Month ... But Potential defense budget cuts demand a new calculus The 'restaurant apocalypse' is 'much worse than I thought,' Jim Cramer says "If you're in the business of serving people food in a brick-and-mortar setting, all I can say is stick a fork in it, because that business is done." Billboard Ad Revenue Collapses As Americans Stay Home

[Author: noreply@blogger.com (Rice Farmer)]

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[l] at 7/30/20 6:07pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ## A $10 Trillion Corporate Debt Bomb Is Waiting to Explode the U.S. Economy Renault handed 'wake-up call' with record 7 billion euro loss
Confession Time for Big Banks in Europe: Banco Santander Reports $12.7 Billion Loss
Auto industry set to put brakes on central Europe's COVID-19 recovery Ford posts profit, but expects full-year 2020 loss Ravaged by coronavirus, Mexico's GDP falls record 17.3% in second quarter US Economy Shrank 9.5% in Second Quarter, -32.9% on Annual Basis
German GDP slumps by most since 1970 in the second quarter
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Dunkin' to close 800 U.S. stores

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Peter Schiff: Gold 'Harder to Confiscate' Than Bitcoin as Searches Spike Both sides of the argument miss the obvious: Sooner or later, the internet and power grids will go down. Of course that means gold is the winner. -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##
Going to Be Tough for Airlines, Full Recovery Moved to 2024: IATA
International air passenger volume still down 96.8%.
Lawmakers say airline contractors laid off more than 9,000 despite $728 million in federal aid ANA Holdings Logs Record Quarterly Loss in COVID-19 Crisis United warns it could furlough more pilots, extends voluntary leave deadlines Delta CEO sends staff memo thanking 17,000 employees for leaving, says it gets airline closer to 'minimizing furloughs' Air France-KLM plans 'careful' ramp-up after second quarter loss
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Arms Treaty Pullout Fuels Race for Hypersonic Weapons Settlers torch mosque days before Eid Trump's military shuffle in Europe will take time and be costly

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters say they were attacked in 'planned ambush,' blast police response
## Energy/resources ## The World Is Facing A Solar Panel Waste Problem The idea that we should just toss old panels into landfills is the same irresponsibility that created our current problem of a planet drowning in waste, much of it toxic. -- RF
End game for oil? OPEC prepares for an age of dwindling demand
Iraq to sign $4bn refinery contract with Japanese firm Exxon prepares spending, job cuts in last ditch move to save dividend

## Got food? ##
Lawsuit filed against Fresh Express after FDA says tainted lettuce infected 641 people COVID-19 pandemic threatens global food security, researchers say
CDC: Hundreds sick, 1 dead in nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to chicks, ducklings Massive Fleet of Chinese Fishing Boats Threaten Galapagos Islands Too many humans. And it's not just China. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
Routine gas flaring is wasteful, polluting and undermeasured Coastal flooding could hit nearly 20% of global GDP as climate change accelerates storms, sea level rise
Austin, Texas, identifies 'probable human case' of West Nile virus Brazilian Amazon Has Lost Millions of Wild Animals to Criminal Networks, Report Finds • Coronavirus Vietnam braces for a fresh wave of coronavirus despite earlier success in containing the outbreak WHO urges countries to support 'COVAX' vaccine scheme Brazilian first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 Brazil hits record 69,000 daily coronavirus cases as restrictions eased UK scientists to immunize hundreds with coronavirus vaccine 'America's Frontline Doctors' may be real doctors, but experts say they don't know what they're talking about Covid-19 Update - Heart Damage And Aerosols
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Banning TikTok Will Accomplish Nothing. Fix Our Broader Security & Privacy Problems Instead.
Either you actually care about consumer privacy and internet security or you don't, and a huge swath of those hyperventilating about TikTok have been utterly absent from the broader conversation.
Worries About Foreign 'Hacking' of Vaccine Research Place Corporate Profits Ahead of Public Health How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of 'ghosting' in the age of surveillance Many of these anti-drone measures are expensive and complicated. Some are illegal. The most affordable – and legal – way to avoid drone technology is hiding. Pompeo slams U.S. tech firms for downplaying Chinese cyberthreat to lawmakers The man has become completely unhinged. Next he'll be telling us to check for Chinese agents under our beds and in our closets before retiring for the night. -- RF
EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyberattacks Note that all the supposed attacks are said to be "alleged" or "suspected"; no evidence whatsoever is offered. Punishment is now meted out without the need for establishing guilt. -- RF New Reports Suggest Libyan Warlord Khalifa Haftar is Working with Mossad Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
U.S. Officials Disseminate Disinformation About 'Virus Disinformation'

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Next Leg Down: The Top 10% Are About to Take a Hit

## Japan ##
Tokyo may pay restaurants, bars to shorten hours in August amid spike in virus cases U.S. says it will help Japan monitor Chinese incursion around disputed islands Vegetable prices surge in Japan due to heavy rain and lack of sunlight
Tokyo reports new daily record of 367 cases Coronavirus blamed for over 40,000 job losses
## China ##
Can China's next-gen stealth fighter surpass the F-35?
Hong Kong arrests 4 student activists under new security law Huawei overtakes Samsung to be No. 1 smartphone player in the world thanks to China as overseas sales drop Chinese Banks Urged To Switch From SWIFT And Drop USD In Anticipation Of US Sanctions

## UK ## Pandemic pushes Lloyds Bank into the red as bad debt fears rise
UK worried about second wave in Europe, more quarantine measures possible Car dealership Pendragon to lay off 1,800 workers, shut loss-making stores Extinction: Quarter of UK mammals 'under threat' Coastal erosion: The 'forgotten' community left to fall off a cliff

## US ## U.S. economy likely suffered historic plunge in second-quarter; outlook murky as COVID-19 cases surge
Police Departments Benefit From Police Militarization Program, but at What Cost to Communities?
Congress grills tech CEOs in wide-ranging hearing on monopoly, political bias, China and more Landlord-leaning eviction courts are about to make the coronavirus housing crisis a lot worse Trump tells suburban voters they will 'no longer be bothered' by low-income housing
The persistently weak jobs market is worrying economists, who say a recovery could take years The pandemic may cause 40 million Americans to lose their homes Trump floats election delay, congressional Republicans reject idea Dunkin' to close 800 US stores as pandemic hurts sales No, GDP Didn't Plunge "32.9%" in Q2, it Plunged a Still Terrible 9.5%: Time to Kill "Annual Rates" This 9.5% plunge in Q2 from Q1 was still the steepest decline in nearly 70 years of quarterly data, which began in 1947. Unemployment Claims Rise For the First Time Since May U.S. renters owe $21.5 billion in back rent Over 62 Million People Had No Pay Last Week

[Author: noreply@blogger.com (Rice Farmer)]

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[l] at 7/29/20 5:57pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Gold prices could hit $3,500 in two years, analyst says
WTO unlikely to get interim leader as U.S. insists on its candidate, causes impasse
Argentina may delay debt restructuring deadline amid impasse - source It Is Time to Abandon Dollar Hegemony

## Airline death spiral ## Global airlines less hopeful on COVID-19 recovery
FedEx pilots want US company to suspend flights to Hong Kong, say Covid-19 measures present 'unacceptable risk' Heathrow calls for coronavirus tests at airports
JetBlue CEO warns of 'day of reckoning' for airlines as coronavirus continues to devastate demand Boeing slashes aircraft production plans, warns on new job cuts as coronavirus devastates travel European air executives, airlines, urge Canada to safely restore travel
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Amid Escalating Tensions, US Warships Sail Just Miles off Coast of China
The moves are believed by experts to be information gathering operations, attempting to track the positions of Chinese submarines and pinpoint coastal defenses as the US increases the tension with Beijing.
Five Eyes alliance could expand in scope to counteract China Esper Outlines Plan to Cut 12,000 US Troops From Germany Boeing CEO confident in defense spending, no matter who wins the 2020 election Defense industries know that one of the two War Party candidates always wins. -- RF
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
The feds say they won't leave Portland until the violence stops. Privately, they concede they're fueling that violence. Hundreds picket minister's home after he tells cops to quash anti-PM rallies (Israel) Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands
## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Refiners Brace For Ugliest Losses In A Decade French energy group Total books $8 billion asset impairments
Ocasio-Cortez Could Deal A Fatal Blow To U.S. Oil Pipelines
## Got food? ##
Decline of bees, other pollinators threatens US crop yields The yield potential of wheat grown in controlled-environment vertical farms Suggesting once again that we should not count on vertical farming for our food. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
Carbon dioxide removal is critical in next decade, experts tell Congress
Air pollution 'greatest risk' to global life expectancy
Air pollution cuts life expectancy for every man, woman and child on Earth by nearly two years, according to data released Tuesday which experts said showed poor air quality is "the greatest risk to human health". Plastic found lining UK seabird nests on a worrying scale Philippines: deadliest country in Asia for land defenders Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO Storm lashes Australian coast threatening homes • Coronavirus Trump says he still thinks hydroxychloroquine works in treating early stage coronavirus Presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro continues to tout unproven hydroxychloroquine Dr. Fauci says all the 'valid' scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine isn't effective in treating coronavirus Hong Kong is 'on the verge' of an outbreak that could lead to hospital system's collapse, chief executive says China reports 101 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily spike in months, as regions try to control outbreaks 'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself?
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Israel Rolls Out Dystopian Cyber Espionage Award for US-Backed Digital Saboteurs
The myriad cybersecurity, AI, and IoT startups emerging out of Israel's state-funded organizations have extensive ties to American Fortune 100 companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others. The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the US Condemning an Afghan Air Strike Morocco arrests dissident journalist on rape and spy charges A UK hearing and a trial in Spain suggest it's not Assange who should be facing prosecution

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Slide into Social Psychosis and Breakdown

## Japan ## Bank of Japan speeds up work toward issuing digital currency
The Bank of Japan will begin substantive testing of digital currency it might one day issue as fears rise in the government and ruling Liberal Democratic Party that China could debut one first, posing a national security threat.
Floods hit northeastern Japan as major river bursts banks
Tokyo reports 250 new coronavirus cases; 60% in their 20s and 30s
Japan's troubled Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant clears safety screening Fitch lowers credit outlook on Japan to negative on COVID-19 impact

## China ##
Hong Kong third wave: elderly woman is latest Covid-19 victim, as medical source says new daily tally at about 120 Hong Kong, Huawei and Xinjiang hot topics in frosty China-Britain call
## UK ##
Huge growth in free school meals urged to tackle food poverty crisis Coronavirus: Most people don't trust UK government's advice on when it is safe to resume normal life, poll finds UK government gives green light to more tear gas sales to US police despite UN warning over violence
Rubber bullets and tear gas among British exports to US security forces 
UK names new MI6 spy chief to tackle challenges from China, Russia
## US ##
Fed holds rates steady, says economic growth is 'well below' pre-pandemic level
GM swings to an $800 million loss as coronavirus shuttered factories and devastated sales in the second quarter Caldwell fire burns 67,789 acres; Gold Fire, Hog Fire nearly 70% contained Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support protests against racial injustice U.S. small businesses face mass closures without more pandemic aid New York police officers force protester into unmarked van, video shows: 'NYC is taking after Portland' Plain clothes and unmarked vehicles... who are these people? If no uniforms, insignia, or marked vehicles are required, then theoretically anyone could get away with this. -- RF Pandemic Sent U.S. Energy Consumption Plunging To 30-Year Low Absentee Ownership: How Amazon, Facebook, and Google Ruin Commerce Without Noticing Banks Slash Credit Card Limits As Economic Crisis Not Over Who Will Fund $24 Trillion in New Government Debt?

[Author: noreply@blogger.com (Rice Farmer)]

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[l] at 7/28/20 6:01pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Second COVID-19 wave forces new travel curbs around the globe A Midsummer Nightmare for Tourism: UK, Other Countries Impose Quarantine Requirements on Returnees from Spain as Virus Cases Surge
Fresh Tsunami of Cancellations Washes Over Tourism-Dependent Spain amid Fears Borders Will Slam Shut Again.
Lebanon becomes 1st country in Middle East and North Africa to enter hyperinflation Desperate hunt for yield forces investors to take 'extreme risk' Greyerz – Brace For Collapsing Global Stock Markets And Skyrocketing Gold Prices Gold & Silver Melt-Up Continues In Asian Trading King dollar's decline ripples across the globe
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Victoria's Secret parent L Brands to slash 15% of corporate workforce
## Airline death spiral ##
JAL to Report over 100 B. Yen in April-June Operating Loss
In China, airlines plug 'all you can fly' deals to pierce coronavirus clouds JetBlue Airways swings to quarterly loss and expects revenue to drop 80% in third quarter
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
First French fighter jets head to India after purchase
The United States Faces Irreparable Damage in a Cold or Hot Conventional War with China and its Allies First Swiss deal with Iran via humanitarian channel has gone through - Swiss govt Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of injuring important China ties South Korea to have solid-fuel rockets in major deal with US
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Australian police disperse Black Lives Matter rally National Guard major tells lawmakers he saw 'excessive' force used on protesters near the White House
## Energy/resources ## Coal Consumption Plunged to Lowest Since at Least 1973. Why There's No Hope for Coal
Iraq's Oil Exports To China Up 27.5% During First Half of 2020
Once Canada's oil relief valve, rail shipping grinds to near halt Assembly begins on world's largest nuclear fusion reactor
## Environment/health ##
High and dry: developed Cambodian wetlands raise flood risk
More than a million Cambodians are at risk from increased flooding and worsening food security, NGOs warned Monday, due to the destruction and gradual filling-in of Phnom Penh's wetlands by politically connected developers. Report links world's top meat firm to deforestation
Brazilian firm JBS, the world's biggest meat processing company, was again accused Monday of "laundering" cattle from ranches blacklisted for destroying the Amazon rainforest. A billion new autos by 2030 and climate change • Coronavirus Indonesia virus cases pass 100,000 under 'new normal' policy Coronavirus: UK confirms first case of 'very rare' infection in pet cat Worsening coronavirus outbreaks in Florida, Texas add to gloomy U.S. picture
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pull 'false' coronavirus video after it goes viral U.S. Congress pushing Homeland Security for details on protest surveillance Special Report: Rite Aid deployed facial recognition systems in hundreds of U.S. stores Twitter temporarily limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account for COVID-19 misinformation Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous 'Peking' Policy
A rant by Mike Pompeo regarding what the U.S. should do with China led to a fruitful exchange between an old China, and an old Soviet hand.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Did Trump Bomb Syria on False Grounds?
The American media is ignoring leaks from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that suggest a whitewash.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Nation Is Falling Into the Abyss Between Wall Street and Main Street
The abyss between the Fed's illusion of phantom wealth for Wall Street and the collapse of Main Street is bottomless, and our descent into the abyss is accelerating.

## Japan ##
Japan confirms close to 600 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in Kyoto
## China ##
China Signs Series Of Deals To Develop Supergiant Oilfield In Iran
Hong Kong third wave: city to register more than 100 new Covid-19 cases for seventh day running, source says Chinese Provinces Move to Ban Plastic Straws by Year's End

## UK ##
Cat diagnosed with coronavirus in first UK case of animal infection Be prepared for your holiday to be cancelled, government warns travellers to all countries Coronavirus: Lockdown wipes £30bn from UK pubs and restaurants
## US ## 25% of cars in the U.S. are at least sixteen years old as vehicle age hits record high
Protesters sue Trump administration over Portland tactics
A Significant Decline Is Coming For The U.S. U.S. gunmaker Remington files for bankruptcy again US companies looking to return home from China face significant problems Former Obama advisor Susan Rice emerges as a serious contender for Joe Biden's VP pick Starbucks swings to a loss as cafe closures, pandemic costs weigh on profits Americans have downsized their views of what it takes to be rich and financially comfortable America's war on its own democracy
The military-industrial complex' appetite for endless conflict eats away at freedom and representative government

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[l] at 7/27/20 6:09pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Gold prices surge to record high amid coronavirus worries, U.S.-China tensions Nonsense from the WSJ on Gold vs the Dollar Latin America will be poorer after the pandemic, IADB president says 'Capital war' possible if US bans investment in China or withholds bond payments: Ray Dalio

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Goldman revamps employee reviews, opening door to greater job cuts

## Airline death spiral ##
Ryanair reports net loss of 185 million euros and predicts traffic will be down 60% this year UK airports call on Britain to exclude Spanish islands from quarantine policy Jet Fuel Crisis Will Hurt Oil Demand For Years To Come

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## US Military Flies Record Number of Planes Near China's Coast in July
Dovish former MKs urge US Democrats to 'reject occupation' in platform
Group of 27 ex-Israeli officials, including 7 retired diplomats, calls on party to oppose annexation and support the creation of a Palestinian state Rockets hit Iraq's Besmaya base on eve of handover Russia sends Su-27 fighter jet to intercept U.S. spy plane over Black Sea Egyptian, French navies conduct joint drills in Mediterranean Sea
## Migrants/refugees ##
Malta rescues 95 migrants from sinking dinghy
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests grow as British arms sales to Saudi Arabia restart Several violent attacks on anti-Netanyahu protesters reported across country (Israel) Black armed protesters march in Kentucky demanding justice for Breonna Taylor Two protesters die after clashes with police in Baghdad, medics and security sources say
## Energy/resources ##
Egypt and Sudan criticize Ethiopia at start of new Nile dam talks Another Permian Oil Producer Files For Bankruptcy

## Environment/health ##
Pristine environments offer a window to our cloudy past
• Coronavirus Asia battles second wave of coronavirus with fresh lockdowns Mexico reports 5,480 new coronavirus cases, 306 deaths: health ministry Japanese government to urge more telecommuting as coronavirus cases surge Australia posts daily virus record, more deaths expected Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 people from Danang after virus outbreak Second COVID-19 wave forces new travel curbs around the globe
## Japan ##
Japan's cities get quieter as infections rise As the world gets tougher on China, Japan tries to thread a needle
Tokyo reports 131 new coronavirus cases after six days at over 200 Robot to use brush to retrieve melted fuel at Fukushima plant
## China ##
China's food delivery boom may undercut plans to reduce plastic bags Ant Group's plan for listing shows the US is not the only option
Hong Kong extends virus restrictions to ban gatherings of more than two people
## UK ##
Germany and France next for a UK quarantine? It's under review, junior minister says
UK Defence Secretary to boost ability to handle space threat from Russia, China PM Johnson set to overhaul Britain's treason laws - The Mail on Sunday
## US ## US Economy Is Flatlining Charting The Retail Devastation: Here Is The Stunning List Of US Store Closures In 2020
Ted Cruz says more Chinese consulates in U.S. 'may well be closed' U.S. sending more federal officers to Portland protests: report Mnuchin says GOP coronavirus relief plan ready as unemployment boost runs out US Recovery Stalls As Food Bank Lines Reemerge

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[l] at 7/26/20 4:43pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Financial System – A Hubristic Swindle The gold price is a runaway freight train, so look for higher levels next week
## Cut, baby, cut! ## Massive oil-services company Schlumberger is slashing 21,000 jobs
Las Vegas Strip casinos notify staff of furloughs, layoffs
## Airline death spiral ##
Passengers fight at San Juan Airport after being forced to return to gate
Spirit Airlines canceled a Philadelphia-bound flight after a dispute broke out on the plane and spilled over into a brawl inside the terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday. Infographic: Big Four US Airlines Hit Air Pockets
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pompeo Lays Out New US Cold War Against China Ethiopian foreign minister outrages Egyptians with 'Nile is ours' tweet, as US 'considers sanctions' Trump's All-Stick, No-Carrot Approach Has Brought Two US Adversaries Together Israel Demolishes Covid-19 Clinic in Epicenter of West Bank Outbreak Turkey: how President Erdoğan is using coronavirus to clamp down further on dissent U.S. Asks China To Make More Nuclear Weapons Australia Pours Money Into Insane US War Games Yet Won't Support Its Own Citizens Putin says Russian Navy to get hypersonic nuclear strike weapons

## Migrants/refugees ##
Channel migrants: Eighty six people intercepted New Wave of Boat Migrants Overwhelms Southern Italian Island Bangladesh PM opens project for climate refugee families Micronesia climate refugees increasingly relocate to Oregon
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anger at Kremlin Grows in Latest Massive Russian Far East Protest Police and protesters clash in violent weekend across the US 76 protesters arrested in Louisville after police declare unlawful assembly Riot declared in Seattle as protests continue Several Protests, Rallies Take Place Saturday in Chicago Oakland protesters set fire to courthouse and vandalize Man fatally shot in Venezuela gasoline protest; second such incident this month
'Delicious taxes': Thai protesters use Japanese cartoon hamster to mock government
## Energy/resources ## Energy isn't just electricity – the common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of decarbonisation
Only 2 US coal companies not expected to report a loss in Q2'20

## Got food? ##
New supply-chain crisis during pandemic: not enough cans for food Parasitic infection linked to bagged salad spreads to 641
## Solutions ##
We Are On Our Own In The Post-Covid World
It's time to be our own heroes, because those in charge sure won't be

## Environment/health ##
CDC: 'Rapidly growing' Salmonella outbreak has hit nearly 2 dozen states, source unknown Vietnam suspends wildlife trade as pandemic prods action
Vietnam, one of Asia's biggest consumers of wildlife products, has suspended all imports of wild animal species "dead or alive" and vowed to "eliminate" illegal markets across the country. Alaska is getting wetter. That's bad news for permafrost and the climate Global report into plastic threats to the ocean
Methane apocalypse? Not likely. Weatherwatch: Melting Arctic ice triggers winter storms, study finds
Meltwater from Greenland creates freshwater pond at the ocean surface that whips ups storms in northern Europe Fires triple in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands in 2020
The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetlands, has nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday. Coca-Cola Confronted by Big Problem in its Second Largest Market. For Once, Political Connections Failed. Oct 1 is the Date
Per-person consumption of soft drinks in Mexico is the highest in the world. But due to link of obesity to Covid deaths, sugary drinks now face their nemesis. • Coronavirus Record numbers of coronavirus cases in every global region U.S., Brazil, Mexico, India lead surge of coronavirus; death toll passes 650,000 Tighter mask rules, more tests as WHO warns of Europe virus spike Game-changer: Brazil study finds no hydroxychloroquine benefit for COVID-19 U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,000 for four straight days as California, Florida and Texas report record averages Vietnam goes on coronavirus alert after first local infection in 100 days Young, healthy adults with mild COVID-19 also take weeks to recover: CDC Florida reports 9,344 new COVID-19 cases, surpasses New York in total
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
USA vs Huawei 'Princess': new phase in high-stakes court case US-Backed Coup Gov't in Bolivia Suspends Elections for Third Time
Chinese 'Imperialism' in Hong Kong Concerns US Media; Puerto Rican, Palestinian Colonies, Not So Much
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
UK 'Russia report' fear-mongers about meddling yet finds no evidence

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Doom or denial: Is there another path?
Public losing faith in govts, says survey, as virus cases surge
## Japan ##
Anti-Olympic protest held in Tokyo
Japan's coronavirus infections top 30,000 with 295 new cases in Tokyo
## China ##
Australia says China's South China Sea claims are unlawful China's 'bat woman' calls for Donald Trump to apologise over claim coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab China bids to win back the Philippines
Beijing renews Manila charm offensive after ties founder on South China Sea disputes Generations of fishers say goodbye to a way of life as China tries to revive the Yangtze River It will be the most ambitious and extensive fishing ban ever seen, as Beijing tries to revive the ecosystem of one of the world's most famous and important rivers. Staff leaving U.S. Chengdu consulate under high security as deadline looms

## UK ##
Brexit: Food shortage fears as three quarters of UK hauliers face being locked out of EU Almost 1,000 apply for receptionist job in Manchester UK quarantines travellers from Spain in sudden blow to Europe's revival London Is The Third Most-Surveilled City In The World

## US ##
Essential—and Expendable—Mexican Labor
On both sides of the border, Mexican workers are now essential—to U.S. corporations. Fauci: I would not get on a plane or eat inside a restaurant
'I certainly don't think we're near the end of this,' says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the veteran epidemiologist 37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget These retailers filed for bankruptcy in 2020 Brick & Mortar Retailers, Malls, Mall-REITs, and their Debts: The Whole Schmear is Coming Apart
There's Just No Good Way Out. The only thing that is surprising is how long these retailers and malls, which have been spiraling down for years, were able to hold on. San Francisco bus driver assaulted with bat over mask order COVID-19 testing capacity and supplies are strained. Some labs are turning to pooling tests to meet the demand. Young Americans Have Used 33% Of Their Total Savings During COVID-19 Gold Eagle Sales Already 3X Last Year's Total & U.S. Mint Still Struggling To Produce Silver Eagles Guns and ammunition flying off the shelves in recent months due to pandemic and civil unrest Millennials are Caught in the Two Recession Trap Millennials Continue to be Punished by the Great Recession and now the Great Pandemic.

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[l] at 7/24/20 5:53pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Gold surges to record close as U.S.-China tensions escalate and coronavirus concerns rise Gold and Silver Roar Higher: The Canaries in the Coal Mine Dollar Is Losing Its Luster With Investors Lining Up to Go Short
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Dyson to cut 900 jobs worldwide as firm blames Covid-19

## Airline death spiral ##
FAA warns of possible engine shutdowns in safety directive on older Boeing 737 jets Boeing to delay 777X as demand drops for big jets - sources
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US accuses Russia of testing anti-satellite weapon in space
CENTCOM: F-15 flies near Iranian airliner over Syria; Iran objects US Fighters Buzz Iranian Airliner, Causing Injuries Iran condemns U.S. jet fly-by of airliner, U.S. says it kept safe distance A Near-Miss Over Syria and Our Illegal Military Presence This latest incident is another reminder that the U.S. military presence in Syria is unauthorized and illegal. U.S. jets have no business operating in Syrian airspace, and U.S. troops have no business being on Syrian territory.
U.S., Russia to hold first space security talks since 2013 Rockets hit military base south of Baghdad, no casualties: military U.S. - China Spat Over Quarantine And Consulates Continues Trump admin officially makes it easier to export military drones Trump's troop drawdown from Germany will take 'years,' says Inhofe
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Dozens arrested as police clear large anti-Netanyahu rally in Jerusalem The protest drew thousands of Israelis angry at government corruption, the handling of the coronavirus crisis and other ills to the capital's Paris Square Thursday evening, the latest in a series of rallies that have ratcheted pressure on Netanyahu and his governing coalition. U.S. charges 18 Portland protesters as it sends tactical police to Seattle Taking cue from group in Portland, Wall of Moms forms in Chicago to protect protesters
## Energy/resources ##
Schlumberger eyes deeper cost cuts as oil rout triggers $3.7 billion charge
## Environment/health ##
Siberian heat wave is driving massive wildfires, sea ice melt in Arctic
• Coronavirus Why hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine don't block coronavirus infection of human lung cells Mandatory masks becoming the rule amid Europe's virus uptick India sees record 49,000 new coronavirus cases, drug shortages in places
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why the Unraveling Will Accelerate
Sclerotic, hidebound institutions optimized for linear stability and permanent growth are simply not designed to adapt to non-linear change and disruption of permanent growth.
## Japan ## Japan's daily virus infections top 980, record for 2nd day
U.S in talks with Japan about Marine force overhaul, says commander
The United States has begun talks with Japan about deploying mobile U.S. Marine units in Okinawa armed with anti-ship and air defense missiles that would work closely with Japanese forces on islands that prevent easy access to the Pacific for China's military, the Marine Corps commandant said on Thursday. Japan bets on ammonia as the fuel of the future
## China ## China orders US consulate in Chengdu to close in diplomatic tit-for-tat U.S. officials won't say whether they will comply with China order to close Chengdu consulate
China warned to prepare for 'big rise' in bad loans as financial system braces against coronavirus, rising global tensions Solar Industry Data Shines Light on Sector's Consolidation China's Three Gorges Dam At The Brink
## UK ##
Dyson to axe 900 jobs globally due to coronavirus impact Overseas visits to UK plummeted in March as COVID-19 struck Scottish support for independence rises as COVID-19 imperils the United Kingdom

## US ##
China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston outpost closure The Constitution doesn't have a problem with mask mandates Chicago takes down statues of Columbus, plans review of all monuments
Police use of rubber bullets, bean bag rounds has left a bloody trail for decades. Those maimed say enough is enough. 24 million Americans fear missing next rent payment as benefits dry up AT&T Says 338,000 Customers Stopped Paying Phone Bill During Pandemic Eviction Moratorium Expires Today, Putting Millions Of Renters At Risk Telework mostly benefits white, affluent Americans – and offers few climate benefits Reports: U.S. arrests Chinese scientist who hid at San Francisco consulate

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[l] at 7/23/20 6:08pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
France to help railway firm SNCF with several billion euros: Le Figaro
Coronavirus pandemic sends Australia into its largest budget deficit in decades U.N. report suggests temporary basic income to help world's poorest amid pandemic Battered U.S. dollar 'hanging by a thread' as coronavirus cases grow Australia, facing 'harsh reality' of pandemic, braces for biggest postwar deficit Gold Has Only One Resistance Point Left: The All-Time High
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Newsroom Job Cuts Up 170% Through June, Worst On Record

## Airline death spiral ##
Airlines lose billions as demand 'stalled,' CEOs warn recovery hinges on a coronavirus vaccine Key Boeing supplier braces for significantly fewer 737 Max deliveries through 2022 Southwest posts $915 million loss All passengers on Iranian plane exited, only minor injuries: Beirut airport head
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
American, Russian troops are interacting with each other almost daily in Syria, US general says Canada rules U.S. Safe Third Country agreement unconstitutional Turkish Forces Move Deeper Into Iraq to Fight Kurds
Turkey sends drones, establishes new bases inside Iraq Shipyard suspends welding on future carrier John F. Kennedy after small fire
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
'This is not a dictatorship': Portland protesters push back harder against Trump, federal agents Portland mayor is tear-gassed in another night of unrest in U.S. city
## Energy/resources ## 'It is going to be brutal': What to expect as oil and gas majors unveil their second-quarter results Bounceback in U.S. shale oil output is unlikely to last the summer Banks Shun Loans To U.S. Shale Drillers
The Mammoth Magnets That Could Help Make Nuclear Fusion A Reality Before wetting their pants with excitement, people should read about the drawbacks and problems of fusion. -- RF Update on the WTF-Collapse of Consumption of Gasoline, Jet Fuel & Diesel
## Got food? ##
Chinese 'dark fleets' observed fishing off North Korea despite sanctions ban: report Popular seafood species in sharp decline around the world
## Environment/health ## Enormous amount of plastic will fill oceans, land by 2040 even with immediate global action, report says
Sharks 'functionally extinct' from one in five coral reefs 1 In 10 Gas Flares In Permian Malfunction
• Coronavirus These charts show coronavirus cases are accelerating in some parts of Asia Pacific Dr. Anthony Fauci warns the coronavirus won't ever be eradicated U.S. records over 1,100 new coronavirus deaths for a second day in a row U.S. coronavirus cases pass four million as infections rapidly accelerate
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## U.S. Claims Diplomatic Immunity For Covid-19 - Shuts Down Chinese Consulate
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## For The First Time In Centuries, The World's Population Will Decline In A Few Decades
Overpopulation: Are You Sure it is an Ignored Problem?

## Japan ## Japan to declare recession after 71 straight months of growth
Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections People in Tokyo urged to stay home over weekend Mitsubishi Motors to Close Plant in Central Japan $12,000,000,000,000: How Big a Problem Is Japan's National Debt?

## China ##
China economy, coronavirus and trade war on agenda for Xi Jinping at top-level Politburo meeting US consulate in Chengdu prime target for China retaliation over Houston China to Require Negative COVID-19 Tests for All Inbound Travelers
China is waiting for November
Beijing may not fully react to the closure of its Houston consulate until after the US presidential election China braces for impact after mass flooding at Three Gorges Dam
## UK ##
Test and trace failing to contact thousands in England's worst-hit areas Employers urging women to dress 'sexier' in video meetings, study finds
Praising union "strength", UK PM Johnson dismisses independence push for Scotland
## US ##
America's Imminent Risk of Millions of Evictions Trumpfen Sturmabteilung (Trump's Stormtroopers)
ACLU sues federal agencies, Portland over abuses against protest medics 14 mayors ask feds to stop deploying officers to cities in response to protests Federal agents' use of force at protests faces internal U.S. government probes Court documents reveal secretive federal unit deployed for 'Operation Diligent Valor' in Oregon 87% of millennials and Gen Zers say child-care costs affect their decision to have kids This is primarily a matter of energy. Although factors such as education and opportunity for women also reduce fertility rates, the overriding factor for any species, human or otherwise, is the availability and cost of energy. -- RF Unemployment Claims Rise for the First Time in 4 Months The Upcoming Deep Trouble for the Economy and the Markets Retail workers slammed by job cuts, pushed into new roles as coronavirus shakes their industry The coronavirus threatens auto industry recovery as cases rise and more employees miss work Media Continues to Misreport Unemployment: 31.8 Million People on State & Federal Unemployment Insurance. It just doesn't let up. An astounding number of newly laid-off workers keeps filing for unemployment benefits week after week and pile on top of the people already unemployed. And the number of people who started working again isn't big enough to make a visible dent in the curve. Over 30 Million People About to Lose $600 in Unemployment Benefits Unions and NGOs call on big brands to stop using forced labor from China

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[l] at 7/22/20 6:47pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pandemic's economic hit will be here 'for a long time' even if a vaccine is approved, economist says Brazil government sees $154 billion deficit this year, to issue official outlook next week The Coming Decline of Globalism Gold, silver bulls on a rampage

## Airline death spiral ## 'Very uncertain': passengers scramble for limited seats on flights to Australia
Some are resorting to costly business class upgrades as airlines are forced to bump passengers at short notice to meet daily caps
United Airlines loses $1.6 billion in second quarter but expects to further lower cash burn
UK working on 'a range of measures' for aviation: transport secretary United Airlines' mask mandate expands to areas in airports U.S. To Launch First Ever Emissions Rules For Commercial Aircraft
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran's president calls Iraqi premier's visit 'turning point'
US Navy's top officer reveals grim new details of the damage to Bonhomme Richard
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Moms vs Feds: Mothers across United States to stand up to U.S. agents at protests Federal agents retreat to Portland base as protesters control streets

## Got food? ##
Food prices rose in June for sixth-straight month (US) World's Most Food-Insecure Region Hit by Lockdown Price Growth

## Environment/health ##
Venice reduces gondola capacity due to heavy tourists
• Coronavirus Global coronavirus cases exceed 15 million: Reuters tally U.S. sees 6th straight day with 60,000 new COVID-19 cases U.S. records over 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for first time since early June California reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases as it becomes worst-hit state in the U.S. Japan OKs dexamethasone as second drug for coronavirus treatment
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
CIA 'Obsessed' With Former UK Envoy Who Will Testify in Spying on Assange Case
Craig Murray says he's been asked to testify in the case of illegal spying against Julian Assange.
Israel Leaking Evidence of Its Involvement in Covert Iran Bombing Campaign that Threatens to Spark a Wider War
A relentless campaign of aggression against Iran is entering a new phase with cyberattacks on military and civilian targets that aim to cripple Rouhani's government and set the stage for wider conflict in the Middle East.
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## State Dept-funded Transparency International goes silent on jailed transparency activist Julian Assange
For over a year, the West's top anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International, has not said a word about the world's most prominent jailed transparency activist, Julian Assange. Is US and UK government  funding a factor in the organization's silence?
I Don't Always Believe CIA Narratives. But When I Do, I Believe Them About China.
## Japan ##
Tokyo governor warns city needs 'victory' against coronavirus to keep 2020 Olympics on track Tokyo urges stay-home long weekend as coronavirus cases top 10,000 Japan calls China's longest dispatch of ships near Senkakus 'serious' Japan to collect all types of plastic waste for recycling
Over 50 Pct of Young Adults in Japan Want No Olympics in 2021 Japan's Jan.-June Machine Tool Orders Lowest in 11 Years

## China ##
China evacuates thousands after floods threaten villages Dam collapse in China could point to a 'black swan' disaster China seeks closer ties with Vietnam, Southeast Asian neighbours as tensions rise with US
US dollar payment system debate continues, can America cut China off from Swift?
## UK ##
UK minister: No evidence of Russian meddling in Brexit vote ADS Says UK Aerospace Needs Urgent, Long-term Support Mike Pompeo attacks WHO in private meeting during UK visit 'We're all meant to be outside and living off the land – I think we forget that sometimes'
Meet the Brits who are out of work and have become a dab hand at picking fruit and vegetables on farms across the UK
## US ##
The American diet now is a national security threat U.S. Homeland Security confirms three units sent paramilitary officers to Portland Senate rejects broad limit on military equipment going to police Trump announces surge of federal agents into Chicago, Albuquerque to combat crime Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic Tension, infighting roil Trump White House as coronavirus strategy sputters 14 injured in mass shooting at Chicago funeral As coronavirus ruined the US economy, these companies reaped 'dramatic profits,' study says U.S. gives China 72 hours to shut Houston consulate as spying charges mount China says bomb, death threats made against its Washington embassy Lawyers' group files professional ethics complaint against A.G. Barr Over a million more expected to file jobless claims as coronavirus pauses reopenings NYPD Disappeared Black Lives Matter Protesters Into Detention For Days at a Time. Lawmakers Want to End the Practice. The Federal Coup to Overthrow the States and Nix the 10th Amendment Is Underway More Than Half of Business Closures are Permanent Home Sales Down -11% from Year Ago, Condos -23%, but Bounce off Lockdown-Lows Federal Reserve IR Policy - Longer, Lower, and ZIRP Until Something (or Everything) Breaks Commercial Mortgage Delinquencies Near Record Levels

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[l] at 7/21/20 5:42pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pakistan among borrowers eligible for debt service suspension Jeff Bezos added $13 billion to his net worth in one day—and that's a record Unprecedented Recession Synchronization and What it Means Over 90% of the world's economies are contracting. The present global recession has no precedent in terms of synchronization.  World Recovery Running On Fumes As Virus Pandemic Reemerges UK Trade Group Warns Of "Jobs Bloodbath" And No V-Shaped Recovery Gold Nears Record, Silver at Six-Year High on Spur From Stimulus
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn cuts 960 jobs as coronavirus slows hiring

## Airline death spiral ##
Another 68 pilots suspended over dubious licences (Pakistan)
Nearly 17,000 Southwest employees sign up for buyouts, voluntary leave as furlough threat looms U.S. air travel falls for first week since April as coronavirus cases spike
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
It's official: US Air Force to buy Turkish F-35s
Railway Politics: India Gets Lost Along the New Silk Roads Israeli bulldozers raze Palestinian lands near Bethlehem for settlement expansion House Democratic Leadership Teams Up With Republicans To Keep US Troops in Afghanistan Iraq PM says won't allow threats to Iran from Iraqi soil
SECDEF: 'We're not going to be stopped by anybody' from operating in South China Sea Esper: 'No orders' issued to remove forces from South Korea COVID-19: The Pentagon Confronts the Pandemic
Naval robotic warfare is beginning to move out of dystopian futuristic fantasies and into official battlefield visions.
## Energy/resources ##
Gulf Oil Producers To Amass $490 Billion Debt By 2023 $40 Oil Isn't Enough For Saudi Arabia Another Major Bakken Pipeline Forced To Halt Operations
## Got food? ##
Returning to farming's roots in the battle against the 'billion-dollar beetle' Farmers call on Congress to pass COVID-19 relief Phosphate: All hopes rest on Morocco with 75% of remaining reserves

## Environment/health ##
Geoengineering is just a partial solution to fight climate change EPA finds plastic trash contaminates 2 remote Hawaii beaches Global Warming and Ocean Acidification Accelerate
• Coronavirus CDC: U.S. COVID-19 case count 6 to 24 times higher than reported
Brazil virus death toll surpasses 80,000 Tokyo logs 237 new coronavirus cases, a day after deaths hit 1,000 In coronavirus vaccine race, Chinese and Oxford trials produce immune responses, offering hope in pandemic California coronavirus cases top 400,000, soon to surpass New York as worst-hit state Face coverings, social distancing can reduce COVID-19 spread by up to 65% Virus antibodies fade fast but not necessarily protection
New research suggests that antibodies the immune system makes to fight the new coronavirus may only last a few months in people with mild illness. Sweden hoped herd immunity would curb COVID-19. Don't do what we did. It's not working.
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russian tech exec sues Steele Dossier author in UK court Kremlin critic Navalny says fines force him to close anti-corruption foundation So It Turns Out 'Overpopulation' Was Always A Stupid Patriarchal Myth Influential DC-based Ukrainian think tank hosts neo-Nazi activist convicted for racist violence
The US-Ukraine Foundation hosted notorious neo-Nazi militant Diana Vynohradova in a webinar this month. While legitimizing Ukrainian white supremacists, the think tank has forged close ties with foreign policy elites in Washington.
U.S. accuses Chinese nationals of hacking spree for COVID-19 data, defense secrets
Why Is The US Trying To Punish Hackers For Accessing Vaccine Research We Should Be Sharing With The World?

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## With US support, Taiwan planted deception about warning World Health Org of Covid
Taiwan's claim that it provided early warning to the WHO about Covid and "human-to human-transmission" has been exploited by the Trump administration to attack the multi-lateral body and turn up the heat on China. There's just one problem: it's totally false.
The Only Obstacle To A Healthy World Is Government Secrecy And Propaganda
## Japan ## Tokyo reports 237 new cases of coronavirus
Japan passes 1,000 COVID-19 deaths Majority of Japan CEOs say recovery won't happen for 2 years Hospitals rack up massive losses trying to cope with COVID-19
## China ## China requires negative COVID-19 tests for arriving air passengers
Alibaba's Ant could be bigger than some Wall Street banks — What you need to know about the dual IPO
Jack Ma's Ant IPO Signals Start Of De-Dollarization
## UK ##
UK borrowing soars to quarterly record to fight coronavirus crisis Brexit: Food shortage fears as three quarters of UK hauliers face being locked out of EU River Thames 'severely polluted with plastic'

## US ##
Briggs & Stratton, Stalwart of Suburban Lawns, Goes Bust
Homeland Security sending 150 agents to Chicago this week: report White House defends violent crackdown in Portland and warns feds could enter NYC DHS's Portland Stunt Could Undermine the Agency For Years, Former Officials Warn Inequality Is America's Monster Id Bailout of Trucking Company YRC, Near Bankruptcy Before Covid-19, Ripped by Congressional Watchdog

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[l] at 7/20/20 5:59pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ## Global Real Estate Investment Plunges Amid Covid Pandemic
India vehicle sales plunge 51% in June Nigeria's inflation rises to 12.56%, food prices surge CEO of major Asian bank says 'a big, big challenge' is looming for the global economy Japan's Export Slump Drags on Even as Markets Reopen
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Brazil will authorize payments system involving WhatsApp if rules are respected, central bank director says
## Airline death spiral ##
Pandemic deals harsh blow to domestic aviation industry (Bangladesh)
Southwest says 28% of workers seek leaves or exits, Delta reviewing pilot staffing Recovery of Collapsed Air Passenger Traffic in the US Backtracks
Confirming early warnings by United and Delta of re-declining ticket sales. V-Recovery has to wait in line. Airline shares down 3.7% intraday. Global Air Passenger Slump to Last Until 2023, Moody's Says
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Number of American troops in Afghanistan drops to 8,600 as Taliban make big changes ahead of expected talks
Navy chief: US warship's fate uncertain; damage extensive NATO Black Sea exercise kicks off as Moscow puts its regional forces on alert US tech giants exposed if China takes Taiwan
Russian frigate to test fire Mach 9 'ship killer' missile Cold War Escapades in the Pacific

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters hit with gas as locals demand feds leave Portland 'Whatever it takes': Thousands of workers could join Strike for Black Lives, walking off jobs Monday to protest racial inequality
## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Fracking Services Pioneer Files For Bankruptcy

## Got food? ##
Failing Africa's Farmers
New report shows Africa's Green Revolution is "failing on its own terms."
Nigeria, 24 countries to face hunger in coming months – UN report Aid Groups Call for Worldwide COVID-19 Bailout Amid Fears of Mass Hunger
## Environment/health ##
Red kites thriving in England 30 years after reintroduction
• Coronavirus With U.S. under coronavirus siege, Chicago cracks down, Florida cases soar 'We need to close down' — Florida reports more than 10,000 new virus cases for fifth day
Coronavirus: US State department cables show concerns over rules and training at Wuhan lab Recently released documents from 2018 show US officials were concerned about shortages of trained staff, but not the research being carried out at the facility
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
US Officials Speak at Iran Regime Change Conference Industrial Accidents In Iran Are Just That

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Cold Wars and Profit

## Japan ##
Japan's exports slump 26.2% in June Police told to go all out to stop virus at Tokyo nightlife districts Sumo resumes in front of fans despite rise in Japan virus infections
## China ##
Hong Kong cleaners, green groups despair as pandemic trash piles up with disposable plastic, sanitiser bottles, masks everywhere The China Challenge: How Beijing's military build-up is ending U.S. supremacy in Asia
China may retaliate against Nokia, Ericsson if EU bans Huawei: WSJ
US blacklists 11 more Chinese firms over treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang

## UK ##
Most UK firms plan to invest less in next three years, finds survey
Covid-19, risk of no-deal Brexit and geopolitical tensions are dragging down spending Police pelted with canisters and bottles in footage from illegal party in Hackney Harry Dunn: UK powerless to force extradition of suspect, says Raab UK Govt Loaning Troops to Oman to Prop up Dictatorship
91 British operatives, paid for by the Sultan of Oman, wearing Omani uniforms, but still remaining part of the British military, hold key positions, training and leading local forces to help the monarchy stay in power. Pompeo arrives in UK to discuss China, 5G and Brexit
## US ##
A risky bet by America's mall owners: Plucking retailers out of bankruptcy to salvage a pandemic-hit industry Donald Trump refuses to commit to accepting presidential election results if Joe Biden wins If Trump loses, will he refuse to hand over the White House? Will the two rivals duke it out on the South Portico to see who gets to occupy the Oval Office? -- RF Trump plans to send federal law enforcement personnel to Democratic-led U.S. cities The Real Unemployment Rate is 21%--and Heading Higher Wealthier in U.S. have larger carbon footprints, energy use survey shows Chicago violence sparks war of words between Trump, mayor DHS Goes Full Gestapo In Response To Ongoing Protests In Oregon How Trump's Covid Handling Wrecked His Election Chances Gold Advocate Judy Shelton May Soon Be on the Fed

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[l] at 7/19/20 5:00pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Wealthy Investors Worried About Life After Pandemic, See Lasting Lifestyle Changes: UBS Survey
Virus Resurgence Poses Biggest Risk To US Economy: IMF
Zimbabwe could be headed for political upheaval as economic and health crises spiral Central Banks Continue to Buy Gold as Global Instability Ratchets Higher The Express Train to Insolvency Stranded On Ships, 200,000 Seafarers Struggle In Virus Limbo EU needs ambitious financial deal more than fast one, Lagarde says Banks Double Loan Loss Reserves 'Everybody Is Struggling'
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
5 ways coronavirus has forever changed cash
Japan puts digital currencies on policy road map
## Airline death spiral ##
For those claiming health issues [sic], Delta to require pre-flight evaluation for exceptions to mask policy Delta will avoid pilot furloughs if they agree to reduced minimum pay: memo Revamped South African Airways could be run independently, says Gordhan Icelandair sacks all its cabin crew and says spare pilots must look after passengers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
USS Bonhomme Richard, its fate uncertain, would be one of largest ships Navy has lost US Navy orders General Dynamics NASSCO to stop work after fire on USS Kearsarge B-1 bombers deploy to Guam as Navy carriers continue readiness training in South China Sea Pentagon Gives Trump Options for Cutting Troop Levels in South Korea US Navy scuppers flawed Littoral Combat Ship fleet
Italian-French designed FREMM frigate with possible DART missile system will replace the much maligned LCS German states appeal to U.S. Congress not to withdraw troops Are China-US relations drifting closer towards war?

## Migrants/refugees ##
Death toll in Turkish migrant boat sinking rises to 54
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Internet disrupted in Iran province as police disperse rally Thai protesters call for government to resign Israelis protest against Netanyahu, gov't handling of COVID-19 crisis Thousands protest arrest of Russian governor charged with murder Portland, Oregon, police declare Saturday gathering a riot after another night of protest, unrest Chicago police, protesters clash during bid to topple statue
Protesters trying to topple a Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Chicago's Grant Park clashed with police who responded violently with batons after they say officers were struck by fireworks and thrown cans
## Energy/resources ## As temperatures rise and COVID lingers, US residents face increased risk of blackouts: Experts Pakistan braces for another fuel crisis as oil transporters go slow
Bankers and Investors Finding Fracking Industry's Underlying Models Prove Overly Optimistic
Minister: Iraq to face severe shortages as river flows drop Iraq's minister of water resources says his country will face severe water shortages if agreements are not forged with neighbouring Turkey over Ankara's irrigation and dam projects that have decreased river inflows to Iraq's parched plains. Infinite Carbon-Free Energy Is Closer Than Ever Don't get excited. Recall that nuclear fusion power was sold to us as an amazing energy source that would be "too cheap to meter," but look at the mess. Every technology comes with drawbacks, pitfalls, dangers, and costs. There's no mention of them at all in this cheerleading article. -- RF
## Got food? ##
To reduce world hunger, governments need to think beyond making food cheap
High levels of pesticide residues found in vegetables in Valley
## Environment/health ##
Indonesian rescuers hunt for dozens missing after floods kill 36 Critically Endangered Orangutan Species in Indonesia Gets Reprieve as Controversial Dam Delayed Brazil's Bolsonaro under pressure to protect Amazon Siberia heat 'almost impossible' without climate change 'Resounding' Win for Public Health and Climate as Judge Blocks Trump Attempt to Gut Methane Restrictions • Coronavirus Sweden kept its country relatively open during the coronavirus pandemic, but its elderly paid a price For first time, world records one million coronavirus cases in 100 hours: Reuters tally U.S. reports more than 70,000 new coronavirus infections for second day in a row Russia's Coronavirus Cases Pass 770K Rouhani says 25 million Iranians may have been infected with coronavirus COVID-19: Colombia and Japan report record single-day increases Breathtaking virus numbers show normal life still far away Coronavirus death toll passes 600,000 with 43% in Western Hemisphere Covid-19 risk linked to poor ventilation: study
Researchers confirm that particles can infect people several meters away in rooms with poor air circulation Police close down packed Barcelona beach amid virus spike More than 20,000 troops have contracted COVID-19, as numbers continue to rise
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia Issues Travel Ban to Kremlin Critic Navalny in Slander Probe Pompeo Says U.S. Should Limit Which Human Rights It Defends Powell & Iraq—Regime Change, Not Disarmament: The Fundamental Lie
Regime change, not disarmament, was always the driving factor behind U.S. policy towards Saddam Hussein. Powell knew this because he helped craft the original policy.
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat
The Trump campaign is running several anti-TikTok ads on Facebook and Instagram accusing the Chinese app of 'spying on you'
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Super heavy trucks ruin roads

## Japan ##
1984 plastic bag, toothpaste tube found deep off Boso Peninsula A 36-year-old plastic hamburger bag was found on the seabed more than 5,000 meters deep off the Boso Peninsula, underscoring the durability of the waste that is plaguing the world's oceans. Japan now scrambling jets against Chinese military aircraft taking off from Fujian China demands that Japanese fishing boats not 'trespass' in waters near Senkakus Not even a quarter of Japan is looking forward to holding the Olympics next summer: poll

## China ##
China blasts dam to release floodwaters as death toll rises
Hong Kong tightens coronavirus restrictions as cases hit record Belt and Road Initiative debt: how big is it and what's next?
## UK ## Pressure from Trump led to 5G ban, Britain tells Huawei
'Geopolitical' factors were behind the move, the company was told, with hints that the decision could be reversed in future The UK Is Greenlighting Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Again. That's a Travesty.
Neither the law nor the facts support a conclusion that Saudi war crimes in Yemen are "isolated."
After 606 years, white storks are nesting in Britain again
Bank of England Governor Signals Central Bank Digital Currency is Coming
## US ##
Warnings Grow: "We Are in a Massive Economic Downturn"
Trump properties have made over $17 million from the campaign and the RNC since 2016 Jamie Dimon's warning for the U.S. economy — nobody knows what comes next These restaurant chains filed for bankruptcy during the pandemic Georgia's Covid Improvement was a Big Lie by the Governor Debt fatigue, not coronavirus, is destroying America Oregon attorney general announces lawsuit against federal agents for their tactics on protesters 'It's A Hoax' Say California's Anti-mask Proponents The new normal: Overwhelmed morgues, crowded hospitals, older Americans stuck at home American billionaires have made an average of $42 billion a week throughout the pandemic 13 shot in Illinois after fight breaks out in crowd of almost 200, police say Trump's White House Moves Bush, Clinton Portraits To Disused Room Trump says Confederate flag proud symbol of U.S. South

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[l] at 7/17/20 6:43pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Stock Market Crash 2020: Welcome To The End Game Mexico could lose investment grade rating in 2021: Bank of America
Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance
"Uneven" Freight Recovery after New Covid Outbreaks: Daily Truck Trips Already Fell 10% Since June 25 Economics professor Richard Wolff warns housing crash would be worse than Great Depression Wolff said that the current economic crisis reveals how "unsustainable" the current U.S. system is.
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bitcoin Survey: 58% Of Investors 'Will Die With Their BTC' Than Sell Below $10,000
Digital currency and cryptocurrency enthusiasts need to think about how they will deal with power failures and internet outages. -- RF
## Airline death spiral ##
Cathay Pacific blames coronavirus as it warns of historic HK$9.9 billion loss
British Airways retires Boeing 747 fleet as Covid-19 hits travel
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## Israel Hoping to Start a War With Iran Before US Elections
Is Trump Using Nordstream 2 to Exit NATO?
Taiwan Holds Live Fire Drill in Tense South China Sea
Foreign ministers of China, Russia oppose "U.S. unilateralism" in phone call: Xinhua
Saudi Coalition Attack on Yemen Wedding Party Leaves Over 30 Civilians Dead
United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths called for a transparent investigation into the attack, which comes just weeks after the UN took Saudi Arabia off its list of child killers. South Korea set to launch 1st military communications satellite Is America Up for a Naval War with China?

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
A New Generation of Protest Holds Great Promise for America Bulgaria anti-government protesters take to streets for eighth day US official visits Portland, calls protesters 'anarchists'
## Energy/resources ##
Why a Great Reset Based on Green Energy Isn't Possible We do indeed appear to be headed for a Great Reset. There is little chance that Green Energy can play more than a small role, however.
U.S. Oil Rig Count Falls For Nineteenth Straight Week
## Environment/health ##
 Torrential rains unleash havoc in South Asia Climate change: Summers could become 'too hot for humans'
New South Wales erosion: Huge swells leave homes at risk of collapse Earthwork construction could release cancer-causing fibers into the air • Coronavirus India coronavirus cases pass one million U.S. shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day Pandemic-hit Arizona, Texas counties order coolers, refrigerated trucks for bodies North American borders to be closed until August 21 WHO reports record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 237,000 Air Force sends medical help to overwhelmed California hospitals Corporate America calls for mandatory face coverings in businesses Brazil coronavirus cases reach two million, doubling in less than a month
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
As Expected, US Surveillance Of Social Media Leads To EU Court Of Justice Rejecting EU/US Privacy Shield Newly Released FAA Documents Give Unprecedented Look Into Colorado Drone Swarm Mystery Trump Secretly Authorized CIA To Run "Very Aggressive" Cyberwar Ops With No Oversight

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
"Putin Hacked Our Coronavirus Vaccine" Is The Dumbest Story Yet US Justice chief assails Chinese 'economic blitzkrieg'
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Welcome to the Crazed, Frantic Demise of Finance Capitalism
The cognitive dissonance required to ignore the widening gap between the real economy and the fraud's basic machinery--speculation funded by "money" conjured out of thin air--has reached a level of denial that can only be termed psychotic. It's The Preppers That Are Laughing Now...

## Japan ##
Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases 43 Pct of People in Japan Shift to Work from Home: Survey
## China ##
The threat of US sanctions over Hong Kong has added urgency to Beijing's efforts to cut its reliance on the US dollar China floods: rural areas plea for migrant workers to return home and fight deluge China's Historic Flood Season, in Numbers and Photos
Nearly all of China's provincial-level regions have reported flooding after weeks of persistent rainfall.
Red alerts in China as floods maroon equipment to fight coronavirus
## UK ##
Coronavirus: Contact tracing only prevents infection if done within three days, finds Lancet study UK COVID-19 deaths from confirmed cases rise by 66 to 45,119
## US ##
US scientists urge government to renounce nuclear tests
How the Pandemic Hit Americans: Selective in Its Impact, the Virus Has Struck the Homeless Hard 'Science should not stand in the way' of schools reopening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says One wonders what kind of science will be taught and practiced in a country that does not let science "stand in the way." -- RF In Utah, a debate stirs over Estonian radioactive waste On eve of bankruptcy, U.S. firms shower execs with bonuses
Nearly a third of more than 40 large companies seeking U.S. bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic awarded bonuses to executives within a month of filing their cases, according to a Reuters  analysis of securities filings and court records. Evictions nearly back to pre-pandemic levels in some U.S. areas -Cleveland Fed study Banks Stand to Make $18 Billion in PPP Processing Fees From CARES Act Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: It's Time to Dump the Democrats
As in 2016, you'd think it would be easy to beat the Orange Menace, but the Democrats are challenging him with somebody even worse than Clinton, a man in steep cognitive decline. 'Secret police force': Feds reportedly pull Portland protesters into unmarked vehicles, stirring outrage Videos shared online show officers driving up to people, detaining them without explanation, then driving off, Oregon Public Broadcastingfirst reported. Cass Transportation Index "Not Good By Any Measure" The Forbearance Tsunami: 4.1 Million Mortgages are in Forbearance with many on Extensions.

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[l] at 7/16/20 6:36pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global debt hits record high of 331% of GDP in first quarter: IIF
Europe Has Been Preparing a Global Gold Standard Since the 1970s
Research reveals that European central banks have prepared a new international gold standard. Since the 1970s, policies that paved the way for an equitable and durable monetary system have gradually been implemented.
South Korea's central bank holds rates at record low amid push to curb home price surge All Continued Unemployment Claims Top 32 Million Again (US)
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
American Airlines warns 25,000 employees about potential job cuts as coronavirus continues to sap demand

## Airline death spiral ##
'A day none of us wanted to see': American Airlines warns employees of up to 25,000 job cuts
Key U.S. lawmakers back unions' call for new airline bailout
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Destroyer Pinckney challenges Venezuela's maritime territorial claims
Seven Boats in Iran's Bushehr Port Burn in Latest Report of Sabotage U.S. Congress readies $740 billion defense bill covering far more than bullets
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Iran security forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters Tunisia protesters close main oil pumping station in the south Civil Unrest (US)

## Energy/resources ##
The Biofuel Boom Was Doomed From The Start Of course it was. Biofuels can be seen as fossil fuels that humans make, which means they are stuck doing all the work themselves. And using fossil fuels to do it. -- RF Largest California Oil Driller Files for Bankruptcy Solar panel recycling has a long way to go, and silicon may be the key

## Got food? ##
'I never thought I would have to come here': crisis drives French to food banks

## Environment/health ##
Russian wildfire smoke chokes Siberian cities New map for radioactive soil contamination in Western Europe • Coronavirus Non-essential travel restrictions extended at U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico
Patients Stranded in Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Fill Up (US) Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff Man, Covid-19 Just Keeps Getting Worse…
The time it takes to hit the next million infected is shorter than ever Covid-19 could be nearly as bad as a zombie apocalypse. And there are more viruses waiting in the wings. -- RF
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## 'GoPro' for beetles: engineers create a wireless robotic camera that can ride atop an insect and send images back to a smartphone The system, which weighs about one-tenth the weight of a playing card, allows for new applications, such as precision agriculture and industrial IoT. And spying. -- RF New SAS War Crimes Revealed as Australia Braces for Report
Australian media are reporting new war crimes committed by Special Air Services (SAS) troops in Afghanistan, including the mass murder of unarmed civilians and planting weapons on the bodies of civilians to cover up unlawful killings.
Prominent Twitter accounts apparently hacked, asking for Bitcoin Twitter stepped up search to fill top security job ahead of hack Julian Assange Extradition Farce (Craig Murray) Bolton's Book is Not the "Bomb" as Advertised 2020 Is The Year The Unseen Becomes Seen Canadian federal court recommends external review of spy agency
## Japan ## Tokyo reports 286 new coronavirus cases, another record high Tokyo businesses impose curbs as coronavirus cases climb
The Japanese capital on Thursday recorded its highest number of daily coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, and the lack of an aggressive government response has prompted businesses to undertake their own prevention efforts.
No Tokyo Olympics likely means no Beijing Winter Games either, says Pound Foreign visitors to Japan drop 99.9% in June for 3rd straight month Japan Dept. Store Firms Hit Hard by Epidemic in March-May Japan's rainfall in early July hits a 20-year high
## China ##
China gives the go-ahead for human trials of BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine candidate Australia firms in China say bilateral tensions now a bigger risk than weak economy: survey Trending in China: AutoNavi's New "Family Map"— Better Care for Aging Parents or Sinister Surveillance Tool? Rising Demand Leads To Record Refinery Runs In China
China's Unexpectedly Strong Growth Isn't What it Seems China Rocked By "Unprecedented" Surge In Bank Runs
## UK ##
UK's hidden problem of rising unemployment may soon be exposed Number of UK workers on company payrolls falls by 650,000 amid Covid-19 crisis 29% of UK businesses to cut jobs in next three months, survey says British nuclear submarine in 'near miss' with packed ferry after ship sees periscope
UK electrical waste mountain growing
## US ##
For US Corporate Media, Not Intervening in Chinese Politics Is Journalistically Suspect New Jersey governor says state economy will be recovering from virus 'for years' Fed balance sheet rises to $7.01 trillion, weekly data shows Virus surges. Work hours plateau. U.S. may be flattening the wrong curve 6 Macy's execs get combined $9M in bonuses after cutting 3,900 jobs 32 Million People on State & Federal Unemployment, 2nd Highest Ever: Week 17 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse Torrent of 2.4 million new claims under state & federal programs this week. PUA claims by gig workers now 45% of 32 million in total unemployment. Many people are hired back, but many people are newly laid off. Labor market recovery remains hard to discern. California's Top Oil Driller to Wipe Out Shares in Bankruptcy Kroger Stops Giving Customers Change As Nationwide Coin Shortage Worsens

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[l] at 7/15/20 6:09pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
An ill economic wind blows from Singapore
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
J.C. Penney to cut 1,000 jobs, close 152 stores
## Airline death spiral ##
Flight delay melee: Spirit passengers arrested after kicking and punching employees and tossing phones, food and shoes at them
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. withdraws from five bases in Afghanistan, reduces forces to 8,600 troops
US, world population to shrink after midcentury, study suggests World population is certain to dive before mid-century because of war, climate change, environmental degradation, famine, and other causes. -- RF Forging Greater Israel: The Annexation of Palestine isn't one Event, it is Ongoing The Bonhomme Richard fire deals a blow to the Navy's designs in the Indo-Pacific Where will Germany-based US troops go? The coming weeks may tell. Germany sets up European defense agenda with a waning US footprint in mind
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
87 arrested at Kentucky AG's house during Breonna Taylor protest Riot Declared in Portland During Another Night of Unrest in City Hundreds protest in Moscow against reforms that may keep Putin in power
## Energy/resources ##
Ethiopia dam reservoir filling as talks with Egypt, Sudan stall
Rising Water Level in Ethiopian Nile Dam Brings Unease to Region Is Commercial Hydrogen Possible Without Fossil Fuels?
## Environment/health ##
Squirrel tests positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado Record-Breaking High Tide Floods Are on the Rise
There's no need to wait for the watery future of our coasts. Data from 98 sites along the U.S. coast shows that high tide flood are on the rise. Obesity in childhood quickly harms heart health, researchers say Oil & Gas Methane Leaks Responsible For Rise In Emissions Cow burps and fossil fuels: Methane emissions soar to record high globally Teenager dies of bubonic plague in Mongolia COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics – are they back to stay? • Coronavirus Coronavirus-neutralizing antibodies found for the first time in Japan As cases surge Indian states go back to lockdowns South Africa COVID-19 cases surpass 300,000, says health ministry Under fire over coronavirus policy, Netanyahu announces money for all WHO-led vaccine initiatives garner support from 75 countries, but not the U.S. Most air conditioning systems don't protect against the coronavirus. In some cases, they can actually facilitate spread
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## North Korea's first sister forges ahead
The Glorious Party Center is no Girl Scout; she likes power
Companies Are Selling Cops Access To Personal Data Harvested From Malicious Hacking And Data Breaches (US) Drug cartel 'narco-antennas' make life dangerous for Mexico's cell tower repairmen Trump Authorized CIA To Wage Cyberwar On Iran And Others
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Media Conceal—or Celebrate—Depriving Syrians of Food and Medicine
Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
This Is a Financial Extinction Event
The lower reaches of the financial food chain are already dying, and every entity that depended on that layer is doomed. Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born
Another shortage! Beer, soda makers struggle with aluminum can supply, make plans to limit niche drinks
## Japan ##
U.S. base on Okinawa confirms 36 more coronavirus cases Tokyo to lift coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday Japan to create 'global startup cities' in 4 areas The initiative won't amount to a hill of beans. -- RF Japan highlights F-35 acquisition, military ops amid pandemic in new whitepaper
## China ##
China's unemployment crisis shows no signs of easing as graduates face reality check due to coronavirus
China Warns US Sanction Threats Are 'Inciting Conflict' in South China Sea China to impose retaliatory sanctions over U.S. law on HongKong
## UK ## UK Buckles, Joins The Evidence-Optional Huawei Blacklist Party
Covid-19 outbreaks up to 20 times more likely in large care homes, study finds
## US ##
It Starts: Mortgage Delinquencies Suddenly Soar at Record Pace
Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on China for Hong Kong security law
Troubling video appears to show Oklahoma police zap man dozens of times before death Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says "Nuisance" or "sunny day" high-tide flooding is becoming more commonplace across the US. Miami broke an all-time record for high tide floods in 2019, NOAA says
High tide flood days, the ones where streets and parks get swamped with saltwater despite sunny skies, are becoming more common in Miami. Last year, Miami experienced more of them than ever before. US has sustained 10 billion-dollar weather disasters already in 2020 Trump vs Fauci? Undermining Science for Cult of Personality Politics is Taking America Down Fauci calls White House criticism of him bizarre, says 'let's stop this nonsense' and fight coronavirus Trump rules out additional sanctions on top Chinese officials for now 28 Million More Americans Could Wind Up Homeless Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic Spring's coronavirus surge was bad, but 32 states are doing much worse now Work-from-Home & Covid Resurgence Maul Office Occupancy
There is no recovery for office space. The number of people going to the office has declined over the past four weeks.

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[l] at 7/14/20 6:06pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Singapore enters recession after economy shrinks more than 40% quarter on quarter U.S. economic growth is slowing down, Dallas Fed's Kaplan says
Russian Gold Exports Top Natural Gas For First Time Ever What Can Be Gleaned From Comparing Japan and the US? (Econimica) Czech National Bank buys 1.2 tonnes of gold to its nearly depleted gold reserves
## Airline death spiral ##
These Airlines, Financial Black Holes for Years, Now Face the Pandemic Delta CEO says demand 'at a stall,' 2019 business travel may never return Delta's Passenger Revenue -94%. How it Plans to Stay Alive till "Demand Returns." Confirms United's Warning About Newly Waning Demand
Shrinkage in survival mode instead of V-shaped recovery. "It will be more than two years before we see a sustainable recovery": CEO. Boeing 737 MAX cancellations top 350 planes in first half of 2020
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Post-Trump era a possibility, Europeans see no quick fix to U.S. ties China, Iran deal eyes a future decoupled from US US Targets Maritime Industry in Economic War on Venezuela US warship sails contested waters in South China Sea after White House rejects China's maritime claims there Syria - Attacks On Turkish-Russian Patrols Endanger Ceasefire
The Syrian province of Idleb continues to be a hotbed for Jihadis. Since the last Turkish Russian ceasefire agreement the Turkish army deployed more and more troops in Idleb to bring the various Jihadis it unofficially supports under control.
Five Years On, the Nefarious Goals of the Iran Nuclear Deal Reveal Themselves
July 14, 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal and five years on it has become more clear than ever that it was never meant to succeed. As Syria Struggles Under COVID-19 Lockdown, America's Scorched Earth Policy Ensures Food Insecurity
Infuriated by a failed military campaign to remove Syria's leadership, the US is now turning the economic screws on a nation that has endured a brutal 10-year war of attrition waged by extremist mercenaries.
## Got food? ## Severe bread shortages loom for Syria as fresh U.S. sanctions grip
## Environment/health ## Exporting Toxic Chemical Waste to Poor Countries Must End, Says UN
Last year, at least 30 rich countries exported locally-banned toxic substances to poorer ones, allowing corporations to write off their costly waste and transferring the costs to some of the poorest people on earth.
How NYC Is Protecting Residents From Extreme Heat Colorado Wildfire Forces 1,000 to Evacuate Arctic spill fuels calls for shakeup at Russia mining giant Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region
• Coronavirus Compelling' evidence air pollution worsens coronavirus – study There is growing evidence from Europe, the US and China that dirty air makes the impact of Covid-19 worse. Three states in U.S. South report record rises in COVID-19 deaths Hong Kong to impose most severe social distancing restrictions
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Impossible Dream
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton reveals a national goal that is simple and blunt: American dominance of the world

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
NYT Pushes Discredited Theories About Russia Arming Taliban

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Could America Have a French-Style Revolution? America's elites and institutions have only one systemic response to crisis: do more of what's failed spectacularly.

## Japan ##
U.S. base in Okinawa confirms 32 more coronavirus cases; Iwakuni base reports several
Sleep deprivation wiping out Japan's productivity Japan defense review slams China's virus 'disinformation' Japan: US military coronavirus policy has multiple problems

## China ## Beijing's Hong Kong office warns pro-democracy poll could violate new security law
China says its yuan-denominated exports and imports jumped in June
U.S. says room for sanctions in response to China in South China Sea

## UK ##
Britain's economy returns to growth more slowly than expected G4S planning more than 1,000 job losses in cash-handling services Coronavirus: Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops UK economy shrinks by one-fifth under lockdown Natural solutions boosted to help prevent floods
UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027, siding with Trump over China
## US ## Fed officials warn on 'thick fog' ahead for U.S. economy as recovery concerns deepen California's new lockdown dims outlook for U.S. growth in pandemic
Subprime Auto-Loan Delinquencies, After April Fiasco, Miraculously Healed by "Forbearance" & Stimulus Money
"Extend and pretend" works wonders for a little while. But with auto loans, it gets dicey in a hurry. And then what? Iowa farm billionaire's companies receive U.S. pandemic aid Study: 5.4M Americans lost health insurance amid pandemic Moving the Iron amid Sagging Demand: Tesla Cuts Prices, Other Automakers Offer Record Incentives The Pentagon wants a $10B defense industry cash injection. Is Congress listening? Coronavirus updates: Almost half of all states are spiking at a faster rate than in the spring Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide
Customs will have access to commercial datasets including license plate images and data from parking garages, toll booth cameras and financial institutions, as well as local governments and law enforcement. If The US Was Japan, The Fed's Balance Sheet Would Be $25 Trillion Biggest Muni-Sales Wave Since Covid Crash Tests Surging Demand

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[l] at 7/13/20 6:14pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
U.S. Budget Deficit Explodes in June: 100 Times Greater Than Last June Market Report: Decade highs for gold The World Is Drowning In Debt Coronavirus bringing record $1 trillion of new global corporate debt in 2020: report
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bank of England Considering Creating a Digital Currency
## Airline death spiral ##
Southwest sounds alarm on jobs in 'very bad environment,' American preparing furlough warnings Morocco plans $624 mln aid package for RAM airlines
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China is stepping into global leadership vacuum as U.S. struggles with coronavirus, says Kevin Rudd
US Warns Iran and China Against Major Investment and Security Deal U.S. hardens stance against China's South China Sea resource claims Fire still burning aboard Bonhomme Richard at San Diego Naval Base The Bonhomme Richard fire deals a blow to the Navy's designs in the Indo-Pacific Why would the Navy buy more ships when it is incapable of competently managing what it has? New nuclear warhead funding would be blocked by House appropriators
## Migrants/refugees ##
UK and France launch joint intelligence unit to crack down on Channel migrant traffickers

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Bulgarian anti-graft protests want Borissov's government out
Sudan declares emergency in Darfur region after violence
## Energy/resources ##
U.S. shale oil output to drop to two-year low of 7.5 million bpd in August: EIA U.S. Swaps Venezuelan Fuel Oil For Russian Products The Wave Of Big Oil Write-Downs Is Far From Over Shale CEO: U.S. Has Passed Peak Oil
## Environment/health ##
Northern Fish Are Tough, but No Match for Climate Change Amazon deforestation increases 25 percent in Brazil Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa
Trade benefits developed countries environmentally, but hurts developing countries • Coronavirus WHO sounds alarm as coronavirus cases rise by one million in five days
Moscow attributes 3,408 deaths to coronavirus in June Covid-19 - New Quick Tests Are Coming, Cootiestan, A Lack Of Lockdown Death Trump's ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says U.S. has 'inexcusable' problems with COVID-19 testing
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hacking attacks on hospitals for patient data increase during coronavirus pandemic How Do We Change the Leadership of our Quasi-Sovereign Big Tech Neofeudal Nobility?
You better bow low and pay up, peasant, or your voice in the digital world will disappear just as quickly as your democracy's control over Big Tech.
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
U.N. expert accuses White House of 'onslaught' against media
The U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression on Monday accused the White House of mounting an "onslaught" against the media and referred to a negative "Trump effect" on global press freedom.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Ten Best Long-Term Predictions in History

## Japan ##
Japan may still build Aegis Ashore despite reports of cancellation
Japanese government considering Tokyo area business suspension requests COVID-19 drains reserve funds of 42 prefectures in Japan by 58%

## China ##
Most U.S. firms in Hong Kong are concerned about new security law — but few plan to leave, survey shows Here's why the Trump administration's threat to hurt Hong Kong's dollar peg won't work Hong Kong's annual book fair postponed at last minute amid Covid-19 resurgence China hits back, sanctioning US officials in response to Xinjiang ban

## UK ##
BT boss warns of outages and security risks if UK ditches Huawei Shoppers shun high streets in England and Northern Ireland, data shows Almost 2,500 children admitted to hospital with malnutrition this year as cases double in England
British army to cut armored vehicles acquired for war in Afghanistan
## US ##
Amid pandemic, wealthy U.S. families approved for government loans Coronavirus updates: California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide 'Dangerous,' record-breaking heat scorches southern USA Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-19 sound a death knell for office buildings? The 9-5 day is 'out of the question': Here's what going back to work in an office will be like Trump floated idea of selling Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, says ex-Homeland Security head Duke For First Time Since The Great Depression, Americans Must Wait In Line For The Most Basic Essential Items The "Too Big To Fail" Banks Are Getting Ready For Their Worst Quarter Since The Financial Crisis Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

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[l] at 7/12/20 5:49pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
"Wild Ride to Nowhere": APPL, MSFT, AMZN, GOOG, FB Soar to New High. Rest of Stock Market is a Dud, Has Been for Years Global public debt, fiscal deficits to reach all-time high, IMF warns
Unpredicted bullish sentiment driving gold prices
What Happens If Most Businesses & Consumers Tighten Their Belts at the Same Time?
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bank of Japan to Conduct Proof of Concept for Its Digital Yen Bitcoin Is Going to Hit $100,000 and Will Destroy Anyone Who Gets in Its Way: Max Keiser
## Airline death spiral ## Emirates set to cut 9,000 jobs, citing pandemic
Qantas is creating an army of zombie pilots
The TSA Reports Over 1,000 Officers Have Been Diagnosed With Coronavirus ANA scales back new hires for FY21 Touchless: How the world's busiest airport envisions post-COVID travel American Airlines is in Deep Financial Stress

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
How the House Armed Services Committee Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan
World reacts to Turkey reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque New Delhi still hesitates to take side in China-US rivalry despite deadly border clash
Fears of becoming a subordinate ally to the United States have so far kept India from fully embracing the US' Indo-Pacific strategy
Russian Defense Ministry reports interception of U.S. spy plane Trump Is Trying to Hide US & Israeli War Crimes by Attacking the International Criminal Court Amphibious assault ship ablaze in port in San Diego
## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrant rescues in Arizona desert exceed 2019 total despite COVID-19 pandemic Migrants rescued after boat capsizes in Channel
In India, Climate Change is Increasing Refugees & Human Trafficking

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protest chaos continues over Serbian leader
Thousands protest in France over minister investigated for rape Israelis protest against government response to coronavirus Russians in Far East region protest arrest of regional governor
## Energy/resources ##
'The worst-case scenario': Regulators, watchdogs fear plan to dismantle damaged TMI nuclear reactor
Far out power #2: Soap, Raindrops, Hyperloops, and Fitness Centers That such power sources are even considered is a sign of desperation. -- RF
## Environment/health ## By 2025, carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere will be higher than at any time in the last 3.3 million years
Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks" Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks 'boosting demand' Watchdog Accuses Trump's NOAA of 'Choosing Extinction' for Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence Only 400 right whales are left in existence, and fewer than 250 of them are mature, leading the IUCN to drop its "endangered" classification for the whale and add it to its "critically endangered" Red List. Biden Defends Undying Allegiance to For-Profit Healthcare During Interview With Dying Medicare for All Advocate Ady Barkan • Coronavirus Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge Brazil sees over 1,000 new coronavirus deaths, cases top 1.8 million 'I thought this was a hoax': Patient, 30, dies after attending 'COVID party,' doctor says Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries Mexico set to surpass Italy's coronavirus tally as death toll nears 35,000 Hong Kong expert warns each infected person can now spread Covid-19 to four people Professor Gabriel Leung, dean of HKU medical school, says a strain of the virus has increased its infection rate by 30 per cent due to a DNA mutation

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
A Timeline of Russia's Crackdown Since the Constitutional Reform Vote Private Prison Simulation Game Goes Viral on Apple App Store
With over two million people locked up across a sprawling network of private and public prisons, the US has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, significantly worse than brutal dictatorships in Africa, Latin America or Central Asia.
Small ISPs Being Forced To Eat The Costs Of FCC's Huawei Ban
"I Could Live With That": How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade Iran blames bad communication, missile battery alignment for January shootdown of Ukrainian plane Mexico State Oil Company Files $22 Billion Debt Swap amid IMF Threats and White House Visit
Mexico's economy is put in the crosshairs by the IMF as the "new NAFTA" takes effect and AMLO is forced to make concessions to avoid an even deeper recession.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Decode China: US backs Chinese-language news site in Australia as battle of the narratives heats up

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Sinking Titanic's Great Pumps Finally Fail
A Serious Message From Chris Martenson
## Japan ##
Could digital yen deflate Japan's deflation?
Profits plunge at Japan's convenience stores
ANA skips hiring for next spring as cloudy skies continue Tokyo reports 206 new COVID-19 cases, topping 200 for four straight days for first time ever
## China ##
U.S. Sanctions Top Chinese Officials Over Xinjiang Abuses Hong Kong opposition kicks off primary elections under shadow of security law China's CanSino in talks for COVID-19 vaccine Phase III trial overseas China's southern Jiangxi province declares highest flood alert Chinese banks must brace for surge in bad loans, regulator says
## UK ##
UK Economy In Steep Decline: Is It Becoming An Emerging Market? Police apologise for telling woman her 'F**k Boris' T-shirt was illegal More than 70 workers test positive for COVID-19 on an English farm Britain to invest $50 million in small nuclear reactor projects

## US ##
US Households See Long Recovery Ahead From Income Losses
Georgia governor reopens coronavirus field hospital at Atlanta convention center Minimalist Home Goods Retailer Muji USA Files For Bankruptcy After Sales Losses, Temporary Store Closures, Coronavirus 'I would be very careful in the middle of the street': Drivers have hit protesters 66 times since May 27 'Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing': as Covid-19 sweeps across US an old epidemic returns U.S. sets record for new COVID cases third day in a row at over 69,000 6 shot, 2 stabbed, in Rochester, N.Y.'s second weekend of violence 2 police officers shot and killed in McAllen, Texas Trump Throws in the Towel on Phase 2 Deal With China Market heads into worst earnings season in 12 years amid worries virus is slowing recovery Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B Trump, Convicted of University Fraud, wants to Defund the Universities to Stop People Thinking This city is giving residents $500 per month. Some hope it can become a national plan A Surge in Small Business Bankruptcies is Underway The Jobs Won't Come Back In August

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[l] at 7/10/20 6:06pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty: UN IMF urges 'equity-like' government support for virus-hit firms Government debt is skyrocketing across the world. Here are their options, according to Barclays
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Burger King boss says one in 10 UK restaurants could permanently close, putting 1,000 jobs at risk Coronavirus: John Lewis and Boots to cut 5,300 jobs
## Airline death spiral ##
United, pilots union reach tentative agreements for early retirements and voluntary furloughs American Airlines tells Boeing: No financing, no 737 Max deliveries
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## North Korean leader's sister says another summit with the U.S. is unlikely
South Korea official asks senior US envoy to revive stalled talks with North Korea
State Department approves $23.1B sale of 105 F-35s to Japan State Department to invite China to join trilateral arms talks with Russia There is simply no comparison between nuclear arsenal sizes. China's proposal could be a good incentive for the US and Russia to substantially downsize their arsenals. Or China could insist upon Israeli participation as a condition for its own participation in the talks. -- RF All-female crew embarks on Black Sea patrol in first for Russian Navy
## Energy/resources ## The Great American Shale Oil & Gas Massacre: Bankruptcies, Defaulted Debts, Worthless Shares, Collapsed Prices of Oil & Gas
Crude Oil Shortages Beginning To Bite In Key Markets Shell Idles Unit At Texas Refinery Due To Demand Crash U.S. Bank Set to Lift Ban on Supporting Nuclear Power

## Got food? ##
Climate change forcing tough choices for farmers dependent on snowmelt

## Environment/health ##
Outbreak of dengue fever in Southeast Asia is 'exploding' amid the coronavirus fight Rock Dust Could Remove Billions of Tons of CO2 From the Atmosphere, Scientists Say Deadlier Than COVID-19: China Warns Of 'Unknown Pneumonia' Affecting Kazakhstan Colombia lost forest area the size of Sao Paulo in 2019: report The Pandemic Reveals The Real Disease Of Our Societies Sewage Treatment • Coronavirus Tulsa Health Official Links Surge in COVID-19 Cases to Trump Rally WHO says it's 'very unlikely' countries can eradicate the coronavirus right now WHO Says Coronavirus Is Likely Airborne If everyone wears a mask, 58% of Covid-19 deaths could be prevented by fall, study says
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Esper tells lawmakers he's not convinced Russia offered Taliban bounties to kill US troops Malaysia police question Australian Al Jazeera journalists The Revelations Of Wikileaks: No. 8—Busting the Myth WikiLeaks Published Nothing on Israel & Syria
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
On the Edge of the Cliff: We need a new way of seeing the world
The End of Empire, and what it means to your little ones
## Japan ##
US gives the green light to Japan's massive $23B F-35 buy Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge Tokyo's daily coronavirus infections hit new record of 243 Japan braces for more heavy rain as death toll rises to 66 Japan to tighten export criteria for coal-fired power plants Japan accidentally leaks image of new hypersonic anti-ship missile U.S. bases in Japan on lockdown amid new COVID-19 outbreak
## China ##
Trending in China: Death of Giant Panda Cubs Sparks Concerns About Treatment of 'National Treasure' Chinese think tank rejects reports of planned South China Sea air defence identification zone Chinese banks prepare contingency plans over threat of U.S. sanctions, sources say China auto sales off 22.4% in first half of 2020

## UK ##
UK Retailers Boots, John Lewis To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs As Pandemic Decimates Sales Burger King May Cut Up To 1,600 Jobs In UK As Pandemic, Rents Pressure Chain Removing Huawei by 2023 would cause data 'blackouts', MPs told Parts of England could run out of water within 20 years, warn MPs
Water firms not addressing problem of leaks, causing loss of 3bn litres a day, report finds UK economy to slump over 10%, debts to surge: Moody's

## US ##
Unemployment Claims Hit New Record: 32.9 Million State & Federal. Week 16 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse
Claims by gig workers under federal PUA program soar, now 44% of total unemployment claims. Where's the "V-Shaped" recovery of the labor market? Cash-strapped New Jersey to borrow up to $9.9 billion under deal 'Epic failure': U.S. election officials warn of November chaos due to budget crunch Retail bankruptcy filings keep coming, coffee habits change It Takes 3 Weeks to Escape Illinois
Why 3 weeks? That's how long it takes to reserve a one-way U-Haul outbound. "Everyone is leaving. No one is coming," a U-Haul agent told us a few weeks ago. Covid-19 Is Bankrupting American Companies at a Relentless Pace Avalanche (Richard Heinberg)

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