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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Going Dutch? Low interest rates rattle 'world's best' pension system
How Badly Overstated is Chinese and US GDP? If you want the American dream, 'you ought to move to Canada,' says Ford Foundation president A World Without Retirement Global policymakers, IMF warn of darkening growth outlook as trade war bites US Imposes A Record $7.5 Billion In Tariffs On European Goods; Europe Vows Retaliation Renault, Volvo Slash Guidance, Unleashing Shockwaves Across Auto Industry Central Banks Are Out Of Ammo - UN Head Demands Immediate Fiscal Stimulus To Save World From Crisis
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
America's coal country is heading for another wave of layoffs
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Mobile bank Chime goes dark for millions of customers as it seeks $5 billion valuation
Issues cropped up Wednesday, leaving users stranded at restaurants, parking garages and gas stations, unable to use their debit cards or pay their bills, according to interviews and complaints posted to the bank's Twitter account.
"Issues" cropped up! It just goes to show the accuracy of my prediction that "issues" will topple civilization! -- RF Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency should be prevented: German finance minister Report: Canada Exploring Digital Currency to Track People's Spending Habits It should not come as a surprise, as one of the main purposes of the "cashless society" is to keep tabs on the populace. -- RF G20 Finance Leaders: Stablecoins Present Serious Regulatory Risks Fake Tor Browser Has Been Spying, Stealing Bitcoin 'For Years'
## Airline death spiral ##
Qantas tests passenger limits — and pilot brain patterns — on world's longest nonstop flight The route isn't official yet — Qantas is pushing both Boeing and its European rival Airbus to develop aircraft that could perform that mission with a full load of passengers. FAA says Boeing withheld 'concerning' pilot messages about the safety of 737 Max A Boeing pilot complained in one of the messages that a flight-control system, known as MCAS, was difficult to control, according to the messages, obtained by NBC News. Boeing 737 MAX test pilot grappled with simulator flaws, too Boeing Wants It To Fly, But Travelers Fear The 737 MAX "Travelers aren't merely scared of the 737 MAX, they're terrified of it." Boeing survey showed that employees felt pressure from managers on safety approvals Italy Readies $390 Million for Alitalia as Rescue Bid Is Delayed Possible drone sighting temporarily closes Kansai International Airport (Japan)
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Civilian casualties at record-high levels in Afghanistan, UN report says
Media And Pundits Misread The 'Everyone Wins' Plan For Syria (MoA) Turkey plans presence across northeast Syria, Erdogan says Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence. Mexico: Botched raid during attempt to arrest El Chapo's son led to massive firefight, chaos Mexican security forces free El Chapo's son to protect lives: minister Turkey could seize US nukes stored at air base
Ankara doesn't have access codes for devices, but they could be cracked over time and the fissile material could be used to make homemade weapons In tandem with nuclear power, the nuclear threat to life on Earth is bigger than ever. As the global economy continues to deteriorate, we are faced with the increasing risk that nuclear weapons will be used out of desperation, and the growing danger that nuclear power plants will lose offsite power. There's no place to hide. -- RF Pompeo Tells Israel It Has "Fundamental Right" To Attack Iranian Targets In The Region
## Migrants/refugees ##
Mexico deports 311 Indian nationals in 'unprecedented' move
More than 300 Indian nationals who paid tens of thousands of dollars each trying to get into the United States arrived in New Delhi Friday after an "unprecedented" mass deportation by Mexico.
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
WhatsApp tax the final straw as massive protests erupt (Lebanon) Riot police blast firefighters with water cannons during Paris protests Barcelona rocked by violence on fifth day of separatist protests At least three dead in fires amid Chilean riots, flights out of Santiago delayed 'We are voiceless': Hundreds of thousands protest in London for new Brexit vote 'Powderkeg' In Germany Amid Turks-Kurds Conflict University students break into U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul Resurgent Hong Kong protesters stage huge rally, violence erupts again During Trump protest on Santa Monica Pier, man sprays crowd with bear repellent
Iraq cleric Sadr urges supporters to continue anti-government protests Civil Unrest Is Erupting All Over The World, But Just Wait Until The United States Joins The Party…
## Energy/resources ##
The Warning Signs Are Flashing For U.S. Shale "Of Course Not": Venezuela Slams Russian Takeover Rumors The US Oil Rig Count Collapse Continues Local protests kill Norway's wind plans Drilling Giant Schlumberger Posts $11 Billion Loss Trump Claims To Have Taken Control Of Middle East Oil It's the kind of statement that the political and military establishments in any of the major players want to hear. -- RF Nigeria's Oil Industry Faces An Existential Risk Uncertainties following the Abqaiq attack have shrunk the world's safe oil reserves by around half (part 1) Electric car start-ups — once seen as threat — now struggle to survive Momentum Builds for Hydrogen Fuel in Japan, Australia Before you get excited, read the following article. -- RF Hydrogen, the Homeopathic Energy Crisis Remedy A good review of the many problems confronting the use of hydrogen. And remember: Hydrogen is not an energy source! -- RF Wood, the fuel of preindustrial societies, is half of EU renewable energy Russia's Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year
Russia's oil and gas infrastructure isn't ready for rising temperatures and melting ice. Tin demand to decline – International Tin Association Why Powering A City With Bicycles Is Impossible Millions of people are running out of water – how desalination plants are trying to fix that When the power goes out, will you be one of the people left high and dry? -- RF

## Got food? ##
Michigan crop yield predictions: Setting all the wrong records in 2019
As Michigan farmers head to the fields between unrelenting rainfall events, many unfortunately will discover new record-low yields, if projections in the latest USDA October Crop Production Report for the state are realized. What We've Lost
This is only a partial list of what we've lost to globalism, cheap credit and the Tyranny of Price which generates the Landfill Economy. The Key to Saving Family Farms Is in the Soil Hagibis damage to agriculture reaches 57 bil. yen (Japan)
Amazon is shipping expired food, from baby formula to old beef jerky, scaring consumers and putting big brands at risk
## Solutions ## 55 Ways to Starve the Beast Perhaps you are not interested in starving the beast. Everyone has their own agenda. But there are still plenty of tips here for living in a post-SHTF world. -- RF
How a Visit to an 1800s-Style Village Can Help You Prepare for SHTF

## Environment/health ##
The Amazon hasn't stopped burning. There were 19,925 fire outbreaks last month, and 'more fires' are in the future New Study Finds That Fat Accumulates in the Lungs of Obese and Overweight People Baby Powered Recall 2019: Asbestos Forces Recall By Johnson & Johnson "Duck, Duck, Doom" - When Big Pharma Decides Who Among Us Is Worthy Of Saving Fracking Study Shows Toxic Chemical Exposure 2,000 Feet From Drilling Sites SUVs are back, and they're spewing a boggling amount of carbon SUVs, counted alone, are now warming our planet more than heavy industry. Niger floods force 23,000 from their homes
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
An Update on the Inquest Into the Death of Dawn Sturgess (Blogmire) More on the ridiculousness surrounding the UK government's cockamamie conspiracy theory about the Skripal poisoning, which I think was most likely carried out by British authorities. -- RF No Inquest for Dawn Sturgess (Craig Murray) What Dawn Sturgess' death tells us, beyond doubt, is that the government narrative is fake and the Skripal and Sturgess cases are two separate incidents. Huawei in early talks with U.S. firms to license 5G platform - Huawei executive Moderate rebels: The US has backed 21 of the 28 'crazy' militias leading Turkey's brutal invasion of northern Syria
Former and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of "Arab militias" for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past by the CIA and Pentagon. French intelligence services thwart '9-11-style terror attack' David Stockman on How the US Went from America First to Empire First Blockchain voting is vulnerable to hackers, software glitches and bad ID photos – among other problems The Dangerous Push For More Technology In Schools
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Welcome to the USSR: the United States of Suppression and Repression
Hillary Clinton Pitches Conspiracy Theory That Tulsi Gabbard, Jill Stein Are Russian Assets Green Party Torches Hillary Clinton For Claiming Jill Stein Is 'Totally' a Russian Asset This MSNBC Clip Is Everything Ugly About Russia Smears Peace Expert George W Bush Says 'Isolationism' Is Dangerous To Peace The Fed Is Lying To Us
"When it becomes serious, you have to lie"
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why Has There Been A 56 Percent Increase In Suicide Among Young Americans In Just 10 Years?

## Japan ##
Bags of debris from Fukushima disaster swept away in typhoon Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition Uncontrollable rage is largely a sober phenomenon On the spreading of rage throughout Japanese society. Too many humans, increasingly stressful societies, declining living standards, spreading poverty... No country is immune. -- RF Nearly ¥35 billion of U.S. defense gear undelivered despite Japan's ramped-up purchases Japan's lenders bankroll scholarships to dodge negative rates Vegetable Prices Rising in Japan after Typhoon Hagibis Japan funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent
## China ##
China's GDP growth grinds to near 30-year low as tariffs hit production Satellite images reveal China's aircraft carrier 'factory,' analysts say China expected to ramp up South Pacific push at economic forum in Samoa China has destroyed large areas of one of Tibet's biggest Buddhist sites, satellite images reveal China Buying Boatloads Of Soybeans From Brazil After US Trade Talks

## UK ##
Angry over Brexit, thousands to gather in London demanding new referendum The UK government is considering using facial recognition tech to age-block porn viewers Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out Bonmarche: Almost 2,900 jobs at risk as high street firm collapses into administration
'Persistent challenges facing retail have taken their toll', administrators say
## US ##
San Francisco is losing residents because it's too expensive for nearly everyone
Industrial output falls by most in five months, pushed lower by GM strike Bipartisan Shrug as US Budget Deficit Nears $1 Trillion Researchers Detail How Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want The Business of Homelessness: NYC's Biggest Shelter Contractor Makes Millions, Offers Shoddy Facilities Lampert helps bankroll Sears as woes persist after bankruptcy - sources Nearly one-third of all Amtrak trains are late — and it could be costing the railroad $42 million every year Another Chinese Mega-Construction Project in California Is Halted, this one in San Francisco. List of Troubled or Scuttled Chinese Projects in California Grows
How China's crackdown on debt and capital flight pulls the rug out from under mega-real-estate projects. Corps: No more Dakota Access Pipeline study needed
An attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers is asking a judge to sign off on the Corps' conclusion that the Dakota Access oil pipeline doesn't harm American Indian tribes. The Democratic Party Should Suspend Hillary Clinton Tulsi Gabbard Throws the Gauntlet at Hillary "Toe The Line Or Be Destroyed": Tulsi Gabbard Dismantles Establishment 'Hit-Job' In Viral Video Mental health days for students: An increasingly accepted reason to stay home from school

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

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[l] at 10/18/19 7:54pm
In a few posts I’ve briefly touched upon the three basic requirements (as I see them) for any energy supply system which sustains a society, state, empire, or civilization, but I have always felt the need to describe it in a bit more detail and in a more formal manner. Such is the purpose of this post. The three requirements are:

1. The system must be self-sustaining. That is, it must pay its own day-to-day running costs.

2. The system must be self-replicating. That is, it must provide the energy for building (and rebuilding/replacing) its own physical infrastructure. These costs are capital expenditures, as opposed to running costs.

3. After satisfying requirements #1 and #2, the system must still have surplus energy with which to power the socioeconomic system.

Corollary to #3: The amount of surplus energy supplied to society determines what kind of society/civilization is possible. For example, civilizations based on wood and charcoal will be totally different from, and primitive in comparison with, those based on denser forms of energy such as fossil fuels.

This helps explain why industrial civilization is tanking. Not all fossil fuels are created equal, and we are steadily moving from higher-quality, easy-to-extract fossil fuels to lower-quality, hard-to-extract fossil fuels. This transition gradually decreases surplus energy (#3) because there is progressively less surplus energy left after covering the costs in #1 and #2. The situation gets increasingly desperate, as illustrated by, for example, shale oil, which is not even economically viable. Another example would be biofuels, which — because of their low EROI values — cannot satisfy even requirement #1. In other words, if biofuels produced in the first cycle were used to power the machinery, trucks, and biofuel production facilities in the second cycle, the biofuels would run out during the production process, leaving no energy for requirements #2 and #3.

This also casts a dark cloud over renewables like wind and solar. Intermittency, variability, and the need for storage, overbuilding, and vast tracts of land, as well as other problems, lead me to believe that they cannot satisfy the three requirements, or at least that they cannot supply enough surplus energy to maintain civilization at this level. And if civilization cannot be maintained at this level, that is bad news for renewables because their infrastructure is built by the industrial system.

Another factor is the key difference between fossil fuels and renewables. FFs are actually biofuels created by natural forces. Nature produced the organic materials which served as the feedstock for FFs, gathered them up in colossal quantities, put them in gigantic pressure cookers, and let them stew for millennia. When humans appeared on the Earth, they were already finished. All we have to do is extract them from their underground containers and perform the final processing. Because our energy input is relatively small, the FF energy supply system has yielded a fabulously huge amount of surplus energy. And that is the prodigious power that built our globe-straddling industrial civilization.

On the other hand, to make biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel we must do all that work ourselves. Nature’s only input is sunlight (in the case of FFs, geological forces did the rest), so we have to produce and harvest the feedstock ourselves. As such, our energy inputs are so large that there is much less surplus energy, and in some cases none at all! As I have conceived it, therefore, biofuels are a complete waste of the FF energy used to satisfy requirements #2 and #3. In terms of this energy system, the sensible thing to do is directly use the FFs, and forget about biofuels. The real test of any energy source or combination of sources is not its EROI, but whether it can satisfy the three requirements given above. In other words, it either pulls its own weight (requirements #1 and #2) and supplies surplus energy to society (requirement #3), or it’s simply not an energy source. Many people will say that technological improvements will be made, and they are likely correct. But no matter what improvements are made, they will not cause nature to magically do most of the work for us, as it did with FFs; we still need to supply the inputs ourselves, which means that renewables can never match FFs with regard to requirement #3, i.e., in supplying society with such a large amount of surplus energy.

Many people insist that we can completely stop using fossil fuels, and power civilization as we know it on renewables alone. Think about that for a minute. Renewable-energy hardware is currently made with FFs, but we are supposedly going to operate, build, and replace all those solar and wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and other energy-producing facilities and equipment with their energy alone, and still have plenty of energy left over to live the high life. I propose that if and when we actually try to do this, we shall find that even if all three requirements are met (which I strongly doubt), the amount of surplus energy will not be big enough to maintain what we have already built. In light of the corollary to #3, that is a very serious problem. It means a long downhill slide to a much simpler lifestyle. As Richard Heinberg would say, the party’s over.

Finally, there are several peripheral items I would like to briefly touch upon.

1. I have frequently mentioned “net energy decline.” Net energy is simply a system’s “energy take-home pay” after paying the system’s energy costs. Those costs are requirements #1 and #2. And the “take-home” portion is the surplus energy left to run the economy.

2. Governments and military forces all know that FFs, not renewables, will power the victors. Thus the focus on controlling major oil fields.

3. We often hear that new technologies are going to bless us with new sources of energy, i.e., technology begets energy. I propose that it is actually the other way around. In other words, energy begets technology. Although I concede that technology does aid in obtaining more energy or new sources of energy, it’s important to realize that scientific discovery and technological advances are very highly dependent on the amount of energy we can lavish on research and development. I leave it to readers to imagine how different the world would be if humanity had never gotten beyond the photosynthetic ceiling, and we were still limited to biomass for energy.

4. Hydrogen is not an energy source!

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

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[l] at 10/17/19 6:53pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
'Awfully high' risks of a global recession in the next 12-18 months, Moody's chief economist says Oops: IMF Admits Policy It Was Pushing For Years Has Led World To Edge Of Disaster World Dollar Liquidity Crashes as Does Marginal Utility of Debt China, Russia, BRICS and Now UAE: Everybody Wants A Gold Trading Platform! 'Addiction' to cheap money will do 'tremendous damage' to the global economy Renault warns sales to fall in 2019 as automakers struggle India's Ingenious Way Around U.S. Oil Sanctions Apartheid in the global governance system
In my research I have argued that rising global inequality is driven in large part by power imbalances in the global economy, in that rich countries have disproportionate influence when it comes to setting the rules of international trade and finance.

## Airline death spiral ##
Airlines slam proposals to ban air mile programs and tax frequent flyers Southwest delays return of its Boeing 737 MAX jets to February Eurostar enjoys busiest August as passengers seek alternative to flying 'Flight-shaming' could slow growth of airline industry, says Iata

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia's Putin seeks to enhance ties to US-allied UAE Army Launches 16-Year Plan To Tackle Russia, China Army South is 'on the lookout' for China and Russia, starts new strategic deployment exercise 3 ways the Pentagon wants to make buying American weapons easier Russia Takes Over for US as Buffer Between Turkey, Syria Turkey's Erdogan says alternatives to F-35 jets ready, receiving offers How The Win-Win-Win-Win Plan For Syria's Northeast Succeeds Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw
## Migrants/refugees ##
Officials: Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Pro-democracy lawmakers heckle Hong Kong leader, disrupting her annual policy speech Germany urges 'restraint' after Turks and Kurds clash on streets Spain Police Arrest 51 People During Catalan Protests Nursing mothers stage climate protest against Google in London Climate-change protesters disrupt London rail services
## Energy/resources ##
Kashagan: Mammoth Oil Field Hit Hard By Unplanned Production Cuts Solar Power Is Renewable, but Is It Recyclable? Russia Ready To Seize Control Of The World's Largest Oil Reserves Ironically, the true purpose of US sanctions and intervention is to seize control of Venezuela's oil. Ultimately, who will come out on top? -- RF Electric Vehicle Adoption Overshadowed By SUV Boom
There are now 200 million SUVs on the roads globally, up from 35 million in 2010, according to data the International Energy Agency (IEA). In fact, 60 percent of the increase of the global vehicle fleet since 2010 came from SUVs. U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' About Untrackable China Ships Carrying Iran Oil The lesson here is that no one country can control the entire world. And that's a good thing. -- RF Keep nuclear in the energy mix to tackle climate change: IEA's Birol Birol needs to have his head examined. -- RF The Attacks on Abqaiq and Peak oil in Ghawar Global Water Crisis The Death Of The World's Most Popular Battery Ford introduces electric charging network with 12,000 stations, teams with Amazon on home installation Better batteries and more charging stations will excite many people, but these are of relatively little importance. What really matters is the energy sources used for charging. -- RF
## Got food? ##
Indigenous farming practices failing as climate change disrupts seasons
Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would reduce the number of people who get food stamps.
Study: 95 percent of baby food contains traces of toxic metals

## Environment/health ##
Trump administration proposes increasing logging in Tongass National Forest 'The smell will knock you off your feet': mass mussel die-offs baffle scientists There's a Depressing Difference Between The Sewage of Wealthy Areas And Poorer Ones Air pollution killed 400,000 in Europe, environmental study says Vaping deaths climb to 33, with 1,479 lung injuries: CDC
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Google, Reddit defend tech legal protections ahead of Congress hearing Colleges are tracking applicants' browser history, according to new report U.S. carried out secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack: officials U.S. struggles to convince allies to ban Huawei The robot invasion has begun: Meet the computer-generated influencers taking over Instagram US Diplomats Pulled Off Train In Russia Note: It was not a nuclear propulsion system that was being tested. -- RF The US nuclear forces' Dr. Strangelove-era messaging system finally got rid of its floppy disks
• War on Julian Assange Assange subjected to torture & violations of due process rights – UN envoy

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Let Me Know When It's Over Netflix and Amazon face censorship threat in India: source "It's All Just A Bunch Of Bull*hit": CNN Manager Laments Network's Decay On Hidden Camera
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## Why De growth is Essential: A Rejection of Left Ecomodernists Phillips, Sharzer, Bastini, and Parenti. Ecomodernism is just looking at the failing industrial system through green-colored glasses. -- RF
The Age of Radical Evil (Chris Hedges) Economic Decay Leads to Social and Political Decay Catastrophic disasters could hit millions of Americans in the coming years. What can the Army National Guard do? They are planning for earthquakes, but there is a far greater (virtually 100%) probability of financial collapse, triggering the collapse of regional economies, societies, and of course industrial civilization itself. Most people will never get any help at all. -- RF

## Japan ##
Typhoon Hagibis rises to 73; 14 unaccounted for in Japan Japan allocates millions in aid for typhoon-hit regions IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo
Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers north to find cooler and safer race conditions. Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis Japan needs to address its child poverty problem But the need to create more consumers and tax donkeys shouldn't be the reason for helping children in poverty. -- RF Venomous ants likely take root in Japan, could spread: research body JR East may be forced to scrap 120 shinkansen cars flooded by Typhoon Hagibis
## China ##
US House of Representatives Supports Hong Kong Protests "Worst Slump In A Generation": China Auto Sales Continue Historic Collapse Huawei Worried About Spies, Cuts "US-Linked" Staff Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street Sham is smashed in the head with hammers and spanners by at least four assailants who then flee in a car China subsidising Xinjiang companies' use of forced labour, US lawmakers told
## UK ##
Extinction Rebellion protests: Climate activists win go-ahead to mount legal action against Metropolitan Police Heathrow expansion violates climate rights of children, say lawyers Little progress made in tackling air pollution in Europe, research says
Three network crash affects millions in UK Extinction Rebellion rush-hour protest sparks clash on London Underground
## US ##
Impeachment inquiry: Vice President Mike Pence refuses to turn over requested documents Consumer Spending Unexpectedly Cools In September Braindead or Willfully Manipulative? How the Media Reported Retail Sales
CEO of the largest US trucking company predicts 'difficult' quarter for transport industry Biggest US cities losing hundreds of workers every day, and even more should be fleeing A recent Gallup poll found that while 80% of Americans live in urban areas, only 12% said they want to live there. Asked where they would live if they had their choice, the top response was a rural area. IRS: Sorry, but It's Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
Congress asked the IRS to report on why it audits the poor more than the affluent. Its response is that it doesn't have enough money and people to audit the wealthy properly. So it's not going to. Tulsi Gabbard Calls CNN & NY Times "Completely Despicable" On Debate Stage For Their "Smears" Chinese diplomats must notify Washington of meetings with state or local officials US State Department says the move is an effort to get Beijing to relax restrictions on American diplomats in China U.S. hardwood industry disintegrates from trade war with China GM deal with UAW includes closing three US plants, $11,000 'ratification' bonuses 69 Percent Of U.S. Households "Are Preparing For A Possible Recession" US Industrial Production Shrinks YoY For First Time Since Trump Elected America 2020 Through 2040...The Era Of The 80+ Year-Old
So, millennials are not going to solve the demographics problem, after all. And net energy decline ensures that fertility rates around the world will continue to be pressured. -- RF

And finally... Dutch family found in cellar 'waiting for end of time' "Click To Pray eRosary" - Vatican Launches Smart Device That Tracks Your Prayers

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

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[l] at 10/15/19 7:05pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
IMF Forecasts "Synchronized Global Slowdown" - Weakest Growth 'Since Lehman'
IMF deaf to suffering it causes across the planet
US economy being hit harder by the trade war than China, says influential Asian financier
Singapore's economy dodges technical recession after growing 0.6% in the third quarter
0.6%! Keep watching for that inevitable population exodus. -- RF Russia looks at alternatives to dollar for energy transactions "Hard To Obtain Liquidity" - South Korea's Largest Hedge Fund Halts Redemptions JP Morgan Chase, BofA, Citi, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, BBVA, Santander Accused of Rigging Government Bond Auctions in Mexico. Bank of Mexico Implicated
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
UK firms to cut costs and hiring in next 12 months: survey Uber lays off about 350 people Sears Will Close Another 100 Stores Amid Failed Turnaround WeWork reportedly expected to lay off 2,000 workers as early as this week Suppliers lay off thousands as GM strike cascades through supply chain
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Crypto Nightmare: 97% Of South Korean Exchanges Are At Risk Of Going Bankrupt As Facebook's libra faces headwinds, China is racing to launch its own global cryptocurrency Withdrawal of companies from Libra project is a good sign: Scholz

## Airline death spiral ##
Air miles should be axed to deter frequent fliers, advises report (UK) Southwest pilots say 737 MAX return may be delayed beyond Boeing's fourth quarter goal
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Despite rising awareness of critical US sealift shortfalls, solutions are elusive
Elevator problems plague the Gerald Ford (video) "One of the most expensive warships ever built." Saudi visit showcases Putin's growing Middle East influence Turkish-led forces seize highway 30 km deep into Syria - ministry Syrian Government Regains Control Over Country's Northeastern Parts With Turkey's invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik EU governments limit arms sales to Turkey but avoid embargo U.S. imposes new sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive All US Troops Now Pulling Out of Syria, Officials Say Pentagon Confirms Manbij Handed Over To Russia As US Forces Filmed Departing Washington Is Wrong Once Again – Kurds Join Assad To Defend Syria (Ron Paul) Russia says it will prevent a clash between the Syrian government and Turkey
Russia on Tuesday said its troops were now patrolling an area separating the forces of the Syrian government and Turkey, a development that signals how Moscow is taking the role of key power-broker in the conflict there following the United States' withdrawal. Russia says 'unacceptable' Turkish incursion into Syria must be temporary
Russia called Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria "unacceptable" and said on Tuesday the operation had to be limited in time and scale, a rare broadside that suggests Moscow's patience with Ankara is wearing thin. At least 13 police officers killed in shooting attack in Mexico U.S. Army to deploy hypersonic missiles by 2023 U.S. prosecutors accuse Turkey's Halkbank of scheme to evade Iran sanctions
## Migrants/refugees ##
Hundreds of migrants corralled at detention center in Mexico

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Ecuador's president agrees to fuel subsidy deal in order to end weeks of violent protest that left 7 people dead Police ban Extinction Rebellion protests from whole of London Climate change activists defy police ban on London protests Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence Protesters call to impeach President Trump in Ann Arbor The Latest: 37 injured, 108 flights canceled in Barcelona Russia arrests four more opposition protesters despite outcry Haiti's embattled president faces 5th week of protests
## Energy/resources ## Has the U.S. hit peak shale oil? Output has gone from explosive to sluggish
Pumped Hydro Storage (PHS) Oil short-selling more than doubles despite Mideast risks Oilfield services firm ProPetro cuts almost 150 workers: sources ProPetro Holding Corp this month cut about 150 workers, people familiar with the matter said on Monday, the latest sign of growing trouble in the oilfield services sector as U.S. shale producers reduce drilling. Water Inequality Used to be a Developing World Problem Only. Not Any More. Winter Is Coming For Oil Refiners
Asia's Top Refiner Hit Hard By Iran Sanctions A New Era For The Saudi-Russia Energy Alliance
## Got food? ##
Many Great Plains crops might be lost to floods, blizzard
Taco Bell recalls 2.3M pounds of seasoned beef 40 Million Americans Already Don't Have Enough Food To Eat – And Here Is Why It Will Soon Get A Lot Worse
## Environment/health ##
Some corals 'killed' by climate change are now returning to life Lakes are experiencing worse algal blooms, global survey shows Hurricanes Wreak Greater Havoc as Temperatures Soar
Scientists Studying Underwater Permafrost Thaw Find Area of the Arctic Ocean 'Boiling With Methane Bubbles'
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
What 'deepfakes' are and how they may be dangerous A Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In More Than 100 Published Studies How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill William Barr Wants to Kill Privacy and Security 'For the Children' China's Huawei says open to 'no backdoor' agreement with India New German rules leave 5G telecoms door open to Huawei
Germany has finalised rules for the build-out of 5G mobile networks that, in a snub to the United States, will not exclude China's Huawei Technologies. Despite political headwinds, Huawei wins 5G customers in Europe Italy readies 'web tax' in its 2020 budget: sources Veritas Strikes Again: Exposes CNN's 'Anti-Trump Crusade', Zucker's 'Personal Vendetta' Against Trump Snapchat is down, and the company says it's working on a fix DC's Atlantic Council Raked in Funding from Hunter Biden's Corruption-Stained Ukrainian Employer While Courting His VP Father China's big brother is watching your every move
State-backed Hikvision is now the largest surveillance company in the world with links to Xinjiang's detention camps
Twitter Paves Way For Trump Ban With New Content Rules For World Leaders
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Media Yells "Cut!" When Trump Forgets His Lines and Says Something Anti-War
When it comes to substantive issues that the elite all agree on (such as foreign policy), there is little to no pushback against the president, excepting when he utters statements that are read as critical of war and militarism. ABC Admits To Using Fake Footage Of Kurdish 'Slaughter' WikiScanner: CIA, FBI computers used for Wikipedia edits

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Ultimate Heresy: Technology Can't Fix What's Broken
Technology can't fix what's broken, because what's broken is our entire system. A must-read for those who are still members of the Church of Technology. -- RF Billions face food, water shortages over next 30 years as nature fails I'm on record as predicting that billions of innocent people will die before the dust settles. But I think that failure of the financial system is the most likely trigger, and that other factors will quickly add to the collapse and chaos. -- RF
## Japan ##
Typhoon victims felt worst was over; then floods came More than 200 rivers overflowed and inundated the typhoon-hit areas, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation. 'Right to disconnect' presents challenges in work-driven Japan Japan home to 3 of world's 10 best largest cities: U.S. magazine Don't kid yourself. Big cities in all countries are death traps. -- RF Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization
## China ##
China Exports Fell 0.7%, Imports Down 6.2% In September Shanghai Housing Sales Plunge 86% in Golden Week China's nine-month exports to U.S. down 10.7% in dollar terms "It's Not A Game When It's Real-Life" - China's Social Credit System Of course other countries are working on their own, similar systems. Critics can take heart because once power grids start to fail, such systems will become inoperable. -- RF China's Wealthy Eastern Regions Report Shrinking Industrial Profits China pork prices spike 69%, driving consumer inflation to near 6-year high
China's factory prices post steepest fall in three years
## UK ##
UK firms to cut hiring in next 12 months - Deloitte Number of shoppers on UK high street falls by 10% in seven years Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time High court to hear challenge to total ban on ivory trading Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant
Cash-strapped councils stop financial support for clothing, pushing more parents into debt New report reveals alarming shortage of country doctors Teachers living in sheds, cars and using food banks as demand for grants rises, charity warns
Number of applications for housing support increases by 67 per cent in two years Ban air miles and stop frequent flyers to combat climate change, report urges
Travellers should be hit by 'escalating air miles levy' to put them off flying too much 'Do the right thing,' family of UK teen killed in crash tells U.S. diplomat's wife (Reuters) But as detailed here and here, Sacoolas is not a diplomat. -- RF Cash-strapped English cathedrals become temples of enjoyment Pupils being propelled out of school system 'in space of a day'
Breakdown in parent-school relations is driving surge in home education, Ofsted finds

## US ##
Six-figure parent loans: When college dreams for students mean nightmarish debt for family Larry Summers: US economy is just one bad recession away from zero rates or worse Sears and Kmart to close more than 120 stores by January
Presidential 'debates' aren't debates at all – they're joint press conferences Up to 5,500 US troops will keep deploying to the southwest border through September 2020 Kahuku wind farm opponents plan another protest in bid to stop equipment transport 'Something has to give:' How long can the American consumer shoulder the global economy? America sold over $55 billion in weapons in FY19 Trump is on his way to an easy win in 2020, according to Moody's accurate election model How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections

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

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Just Weeks After the Collapse of Thomas Cook, Spain Launches First Bailout of its Huge Tourism Industry
Global Air Freight Decline Now Worst Since 2008 Financial Crisis
Mexican motor city 'getting desperate' as GM's U.S. strike takes heavy toll
Dyson Becomes Latest Sign That Electric-Car Bubble Is Bursting Realty bites: Indian property slump leaves beleaguered banks exposed Did Everything Just Change? How material are this week's QE & China deal announcements? Shipping Costs Are Soaring as LNG Vessels Drop Out of Service Dutch Central Bank Issues Stunning Warning: "If The Entire System Collapses, Gold Will Be Needed To Start Over" Trump's No Meat on the Bones Trade Announcement With China
## Airline death spiral ##
Global Air Freight Sinks into Longest Recession since 2008 Boeing's New Problems Reach Beyond The 737 MAX Costs pile up for airlines as Boeing 737 Max grounding enters eighth month
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pompeo Can't Blame Iran For Attacking Itself
Germany bans exports of arms to Turkey US troops believe Turkey deliberately fired artillery at an American commando outpost in Syria Syrian army begins to move troops to 'confront' Turkey in northern Syria: state media U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days - officials Trump Threatens to Shut Down All US Dollar Transaction in Turkey Ignore US conspiracy theories. Khan needs China-Pakistan Economic Corridor now more than ever The Navy's new $7.8 billion stealth destroyer is now delayed for a sixth year, surprising no one Houthis Vow Retaliation As Saudi Naval Blockade Sparks Fresh Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Saudi Arabia has stepped up its seizure and detention of ships carrying food and fuel into Yemen, sparking shortages that experts warn will push the country's civilians into even more dire straits. Saudis ask Russia to probe oilfield attack
Putin agrees to investigate attack on oilfield facilities, but said he would not take sides in any disputes Syrian Kurds, Damascus Reach Deal in Russia-Backed Talks
Kurds will hand key cities to Syrian Army to defend • War on Venezuela Real life and resistance in Venezuela – Ben Norton reports on effects of US blockade
Ben Norton speaks about his reporting in Venezuela, where he investigated how bipartisan US sanctions and Trump's embargo are making lives hell for civilians. • War on Cuba Cubans' resilience sorely tested as US oil sanctions bite

## Migrants/refugees ##
In southern Mexico, migrants gather in caravan aiming to reach U.S.
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
'We break the law with open heart and honesty': On the front line with London's Extinction Rebellion protesters Ecuador president orders curfew, military control in Quito Hong Kong protesters and police clash, metro and shops targeted
## Energy/resources ##
California power lines spark wildfires and prompt blackouts. Why not just bury them?
You get one guess. -- RF Replacement Rate Hits 20-Year Low: Oil Industry Only Replace 1 In 6 Barrels Ultimately, technology can't beat geology. -- RF Trump's Big Biofuel Package Has No Teeth I repeat: Ethanol is just a gimmick for shoving piles of money around. -- RF 'Broken system' starves U.S. oil boom of immigrant workers IEA revises oil demand growth for 2019 and 2020 down by 100,000 bpd
## Solutions ##
Selco on Martial Law: Forget your "movie illusions about being a freedom fighter"

## Environment/health ##
The 10 countries with the most endangered species in the world Electric cars could be just another ecological disaster This is the best diet for treating depression
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
"The CNN Tapes Are Coming": Project Veritas Teases A Coming "CNN Whistleblower" This week, a CNN insider will blow the whistle and through Project Veritas will release dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view. The "Safe Drivers Act" Is A Real-Time National Driver Surveillance Program
A new Senate bill would create a real-time national driver surveillance program that would allow law enforcement to know anything and everything about a driver at the click of a button.
• War on Julian Assange Assange ordered to court for extradition hearing Spain: Court probes spying of Assange at Ecuadorean embassy Barnaby Joyce Urges Government To Save Julian Assange From Extradition
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Fake News in Trump's America

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## California wildfires, electricity shutoffs and our troubled energy future A blog post which provides a revealing glimpse of industrial civilization's decline. -- RF
San Francisco, Hostage to the Homeless

## Japan ##
19 dead, 16 missing, over 100 injured after typhoon rips through Japan 1/3 of Hokuriku Shinkansen trains submerged Japan's first zero-rate corporate bond on the way from Toyota unit Security at Japan police boxes beefed up after repeated attacks
## China ##
Superstar German DJ 'permanently banned' from China for liking a 'South Park' tweet Why US businesses should be worried about China's corporate social credit system Behind Hong Kong's black terror (Pepe Escobar)
Deciphering who's behind the violence leads to a long list of possibilities

## UK ##
$35 Billion: UK Faces Huge Loss From Electric Vehicle Adoption Tonnes of crops left to rot as farms struggle to recruit EU workers The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas' Immunity London Has A Massive Cocaine Addiction
A newly released analysis of waste water in European cities by King's College London has revealed the massive and unmatched scale of London's cocaine addiction.
## US ##
The grim reality of millennials who rely on their parents for money
Despite a decade-long expansion and record-low unemployment, studies suggest that between 60% and 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds rely on their parents for financial assistance. Expert who called the 2008 crisis says repeat of December meltdown is inevitable 6 Stocks That Could Be Headed for Bankruptcy Will Social Security Be There for You? Status of the Social Security Trust Fund in Fiscal 2019
"Don't rely on Social Security": Inflation adjustments are punitively low, and benefits become more inadequate as you age. Morgan Stanley Makes A Stunning Observation: 28% Of The US Population Has FICO Score Below 650

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

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Infographic: The Countries Facing The Greatest Skill Shortages
Defaults in European Retailers and US Energy on the rise
WeWork Could Run Out Of Cash By Next Month, Seeks Immediate Bailout Free money: The Hidden Costs of a Universal Basic Income
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Amazon's delivery contractors announce upward of 2,000 layoffs even as the mega-retailer's logistics demand balloons

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Facebook's libra cryptocurrency coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship
Digital assets subject to money-laundering, disclosure laws: U.S. regulators
## Airline death spiral ##
FAA failed to properly review 737 MAX jet anti-stall system: JATR findings
An international panel of air safety regulators on Friday harshly criticized the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) review of a safety system on Boeing Co's (BA.N) 737 MAX jet that was later tied to two crashes that killed 346 people.
FAA must ramp up staffing to oversee airplane certification after 737 MAX: panel
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran says oil tanker struck by rockets off Saudi Arabia
Vietnam's dilemma with Chinese infrastructure investment: should it choose growth or security? F-15s, air defense systems and thousands of U.S. troops heading to Saudi Arabia Trump Brings Troops Back Home To Saudi Arabia (MoA) Trump administration clears the way for sanctions on Turkey: 'We can shut down the Turkish economy'
## Migrants/refugees ##
U.S. migrant policy sends thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters burn MAGA hats, police use pepper spray in tense hours after Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis Migrant protesters occupy U.S.-Mexico border bridge, crossing closed Cattle prods and welfare cuts: mounting threats to Extinction Rebellion show demands are being heard, but ignored (Australia) Would you stand up to an oppressive regime or would you conform? Here's the science Extinction Rebellion protesters call on BBC to 'tell climate truth' More Paris roads blocked by climate change protests Indigenous-Led Protests Rock Ecuador Decrying IMF Deal and Demanding Moreno's Resignation
Labeled "savages" in times past, today the mobilizing efforts of the indigenous have been associated with the work of "terrorist groups" and "criminal groups" by President Moreno.
## Energy/resources ##
Ecuador Declares Force Majeure On All Oil Operations As Protests Escalate A worldwide material shortage is delaying cassette production Coal demand to plunge to 42-year low
## Got food? ##
Fall blizzard hits Great Plains before harvest, burying crops With more than a foot of snow blanketing parts of the parts of North and South Dakota and surrounding states, farmers are predicted to lose much of their soy and corn harvests. The 24 Highest Calorie Vegetables for Your Survival Garden
## Environment/health ##
Study: Heat waves expected to be bigger, affect more people Record-shattering Great Lakes water levels could be even higher in 2020 CDC says almost all vaping illness patients end up hospitalized Wind-driven Los Angeles wildfire leaves one dead, forces 100,000 to flee
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Spanish court investigates firm for spying on Assange for the US
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Bimillenary of the death of Germanicus: The Defeat of the Roman Deep State Zimbabwe's capital runs dry as taps cut off for 2M people
## Japan ##
Japanese firms see 'Abenomics' sputtering, tax hike hurting economy: poll
## China ##
Carmageddon for General Motors in China: Q3 Sales Collapse 30% from 2 Years Ago
## UK ##
Major Drugs Shortage in United Kingdom
There is a shortage of basic medication, according to a report, including painkillers, contraceptives and diabetes tablets, in the United Kingdom, reducing the ease of access to every major type of prescription. Climate-change protesters block BBC headquarters in London Police treat stabbings at UK shopping mall as terrorism incident
## US ## Rising old used car prices help push poor Americans over the edge
For America's working poor, an often essential ingredient for getting and keeping a job – having a car – has rarely been more costly, and millions of people are finding it impossible to keep up with payments despite prolonged economic growth and low unemployment.
High Taxes Are Top Reason Illinoisans Want To Leave State U.S. company supplying tear gas to Hong Kong police faces mounting criticism

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[l] at 10/10/19 7:02pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
New IMF chief Georgieva says world suffering 'synchronized slowdown'
Global gold-backed ETFs holdings at record high, new data shows
UN in the red, staff salaries at risk Denmark's $440 billion pension market sounds alarm as liabilities swell Disruptions in the global shipping industry
Oil shipping rates are soaring following a series of sanctions on a Chinese transportation giant and limitations placed on movement of Venezuelan crude oil tankers. Turkey Joins Russia's Ruble-Based Alternative To SWIFT There has also been talk about India joining Russia's SWIFT alternative as Washington continues to threaten New Delhi with sanctions over its decision to purchase Russian-made missile-defense systems. Everybody is coming up with new ways to sidestep the sanctions machine. -- RF Nearly all goods traded by U.S. and China will have tariffs by December 15 More Black Swans Arrive As U.S. Debt Balloons $800 Billion In Two Months For The First Time Ever, Greece Issues Negative Yielding Debt
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Halliburton cutting 650 jobs as U.S. oilfield slowdown accelerates Victoria's Secret cuts 50 from headquarters staff, head of stores to step down

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
An Energy Blackhole? The Dirty Truth About Bitcoin Mining
When disaster strikes in the 'cashless' era, there's no substitute for old-fashioned money
Switzerland's central bank is exploring the use of digital currencies for trading
## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing gets first 737 MAX order in months; deliveries halve
American Airlines to resume flying beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX jet in January Boeing's 787 under pressure as Russia's Aeroflot cancels order Southwest, Gol ground 13 Boeing 737 NG airplanes after checks Cracks found on 38 of 810 Boeing 737 NG jets inspected globally Delta pilots received record overtime while MAX crisis hit rivals - unions
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Top Dems warn Trump against US pullout of Open Skies Treaty Thousands of troops to take part in largest US-led exercise in Europe since the Cold War, EUCOM says The Inescapable Brutality of the Israeli Occupation Syria - Turkey Again Invades The YPG Kurds still have not recognized that they were simply used as mercenaries by the U.S. and that their usefulness expired. Israel's Elbit sells over 1,000 mini-drones to Southeast Asian country Senators announce outline to sanction Turkey Tough Sanctions May Drive Turkey Into Russia's Arms China, Solomon Islands sign deals under new diplomatic ties Israeli settlers torch Palestinian olive trees as farmers prepare harvest
## Migrants/refugees ##
16,000 migrants have fled to Lesbos this year – and there's only one humanitarian boat left to help Migrant deaths: 19,000 in Mediterranean in past 6 years

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Ecuador protesters break into Congress Ecuador factories, schools shut down during seventh day of fuel subsidy protests Angry mob ties mayor to back of truck, drags him through town (Mexico) South Korean protesters call for ouster of justice minister Extinction Rebellion protesters storm Penneys and Brown Thomas (Ireland) Malawi policeman stoned to death by protesters Protests, petitions as green spaces in Indian cities vanish Key events from past four months of Hong Kong's anti-government protests Police and protesters clash as major CBDs are brought to a standstill (Australia) Extinction Rebellion: 92-year-old arrested as climate activists prepare for 'Hong Kong-style' occupation of airport (UK) Climate protester lies on plane as London arrests top 1,000
## Energy/resources ##
The New Sweet Spot In The Permian Boom Halliburton Cuts 650 Jobs in US U.S. says military carried out aerial resources survey of Greenland Defying Sanctions, India Will Resume Oil Imports From Venezuela Dyson scraps its electric car plans
## Got food? ## Blizzard-Like Weather Approaches, Only Half of Corn Is Mature, USDA Says
U.S. crops have deteriorating conditions, while harvest pace drops below half of the country's average.
Blue Bell recalls some Butter Crunch ice cream for possible foreign object

## Environment/health ##
Rising sea levels poisoning living trees — creating ghost forests 'Bird emergency': Climate change threatening two-thirds of species in U.S. with extinction, report says Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches Study: 20 companies account for 35% of global carbon emissions since 1965
Just 20 energy companies are responsible for more than a third of all worldwide carbon emissions over the last half-century, climatologists said in a new study Wednesday. California bans controversial pesticide linked to health issues in children
The sale of chlorpyrifos will be banned in California from Feb. 6, 2020, with growers prohibited to possess the pesticide after Dec. 31 of the same year More than two dozen now dead from vaping lung illness as outbreak spreads, CDC says Devastating Solar Storms Could Be Much More Frequent Than We Realised
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
'WikiLeaks Of Covert Arms': Investigation Reveals UK Shell Companies Served As US Weapons 'Rat Line' Into Syria Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy No one can resist the lure of all that personal information, and the power that it confers. -- RF Twitter says user data meant for security purposes may have been used for advertising Filmmaker sheds new light on Britain's role in 1953 Iran coup Strip Searches and Worse: Heba al-Labadi Among Palestinians Tortured in Israeli Prisons
Female prisoners say the mistreatment they experienced in Israeli prisons seemed often to involve sexual degradation and abuse. Saudis Had No Intel On Iranian Oil Strikes; Mossad, Bibi Brief Defense Cabinet
Israeli sources said the Saudis had no clue something might happen. "It seems that the Americans were also in the dark, which is very worrying. A greater cause for worry, is if Washington knew and did not share the data in time with the Saudis" one source said. It's possible that it's because it wasn't an Iranian attack. The Houthis are still taking credit for it, and evidence suggests that the attack came from the opposite direction from Iran. -- RF Facebook rejects Biden campaign's request to remove Trump ads containing false information Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top-secret information to reporters Florida is scooping up huge amounts of data on schoolchildren, including security camera footage and discipline records, and researchers are worried Mark Zuckerberg says brain-reading wearables are coming, but certain functions may require implanted devices Two foreign-born Giuliani associates had one-way international tickets when they were arrested at an airport
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Online deepfakes double in just nine months, scaring politicians – and fooling the rest of us
Surprise, surprise, a whopping 96 per cent of them are X-rated
"Top Secret" Russian Unit That "Destabilizes Europe" Is A Well Known Small Arms Training Base On the NYT scare story. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Commuting Becomes A Nightmare In Manila As Mass Transit System Breaks Down America 2019: Even the Wealthy Are Poorer in Everything That Matters
The price we're paying to keep our heads above water steepens while the pay-off is dropping off a cliff.
PG&E power outage brings lines for gas, batteries, groceries and generators How Low Will US Births Go?!?
## Japan ##
Seven & i to cut 3,000 jobs, close stores Swine fever vaccinations to be given in 10 prefectures

## China ##
Why Informal Workers Are Opting Out of China's Welfare System China's Central Bank Buys 100 Tons Of Gold As Trade and Dollar Tensions With U.S. Escalate Tracking foreign interference in Hong Kong (Pepe Escobar)
Lawyer Lawrence Ma claims the US has been supporting the protests via groups such as the NED
US curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur Muslim 'repression' If this was really about human rights, the US would also impose sanctions on Israeli entities for the horrific repression of the Palestinians by Israel. -- RF Chinese state media warns Apple of 'consequences' for Hong Kong protest app
Apple removes Quartz news app from the Chinese App Store over Hong Kong coverage Apple Deletes Taiwanese Flag Emoji From Hong Kong iPhones In an about-face, Apple removes Hong Kong protest map app following China backlash Is China's Oil Shipping Fleet Going Dark? Tankers Are Turning Off Transponders China plans to restrict visas for U.S. visitors with 'anti-China' links China Extends Policy Allocating Localities More Tax Revenue Amid Economic Slowdown

## UK ## British Government Continues to Aid Repression in Human Rights-Abusing Countries, New Data Shows
In the past year,  "telecommunications interception equipment," or software & technology for it, has been exported to authoritarian regimes such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar
Jonathan Sacoolas Is Not, and Has Never Been, a Diplomat Nissan to end night shifts at plant in England: union For first time more people are dying in UK each year than babies being born,  new figures show The BBC reveals a shocking fact about the UK's complicity in Brazilian forest fires
Dyson cancels electric car project
## US ## America's Financial Suicide: The Budget Deficit Rises 26% In 1 Year As Federal Spending Spirals Wildly Out Of Control
When Was Peak-Insanity of the Unicorn-Startup Bubble That's Now Imploding? American Railroads Are Already in Recession With No End in Sight Job Openings Unexpectedly Decline by 123,000 10 alarming facts about teacher pay in the United States 'I can't afford retirement' is the main reason seniors say they continue to work GE's gaping pension deficit just a tiny part of a $269 billion gap All across corporate America, underfunded pensions have become the norm. Eroding profit margins will push U.S. into recession in 2020, leading forecaster says Bank earnings preview: The good times are coming to an end Harassing Journalists Is 'Absolutely Unacceptable': Acting CBP Commissioner CBO: Navy Shipbuilding Plan Off — By $200 Billion
The Navy would have to spend $200 billion more — a 31 percent boost each year — over the next 30 years to reach its goal of 355-ships, a sharply higher number than the $660 billion the Navy currently projects it will spend, the Congressional Budget Office says. Will the Clintons Destroy the Democratic Party? Gabbard considering boycotting October debate, claims DNC and media are 'trying to hijack' election A Road to Hell Paved with Bad Intentions
If nothing else, one silver lining to Donald Trump's election is the exposure of establishment types, whether Democratic or Republican, for what they really are. Trump's Pipeline Plan Backfires Walmart Nation Continues To Bleed Jobs
DC joins over 100 cities in changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day PG&E power outage could cost the California economy more than $2 billion

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ## "Close To A Standstill": IMF Warns Global Growth Will Be Cut To Lowest Since Lehman
German recession looms as industrial orders drop more than expected
China's gold-buying spree tops 100 tons during trade war "Money's Not Worth Anything Anymore" - Ex-Credit Suisse CEO Blasts "Crazy" Negative Rates Three Countries That Prospered in the '10s Are in Trouble Disruptions in the global shipping industry Our Time/Labor Is Finite, But Money Is Infinite Federal Reserve's Latest Bailouts More Proof Bad Times Ahead
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
GM laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as U.S. strike continues
## Airline death spiral ##
Southwest pilots sue Boeing for $100 million over lost wages from 737 MAX Boeing 737 MAX timetable uncertain as regulators continue safety review Passenger forcibly removed from American Airlines plane by police at Miami airport Alcohol ban will be considered to halt air rage incidents on flights Japan Airlines faces second government reprimand over drinking by pilots World's super-rich hit by private jet pilot shortage Crisis In The Skies: 2019 Airline Bankruptcies On Pace For "Fastest Growth" In History

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Syria - Trump Gives A Green Light For Another Turkish Invasion US Scrambles As Both Parties Oppose Trump On Kurds Pentagon Pushes Back Against Turkish Invasion of Syria Trump: "I Will Totally Destroy And Obliterate" The Turkish Economy If Erdogan Breaks Promises In Syria Ecuador's 'Drone Revolution' Meets IMF Austerities
Battle For The Arctic: Russia To Install New Missile Warning Systems To Monitor New Frontier For Trump, Syria Pullout Is a Win. Putin May See It That Way Too Admin Officials Already Trying To Walk Back Trump's Syria 'Withdrawal' Beetle-like Iranian robots can roll under tanks The US has ramped up its air campaign in Afghanistan to highest level in nine years • War on Iran Netanyahu: Israel needs billions invested for defense against Iran Iran Ups Defenses Around Key Oil Facilities In Wake of Aramco Attack • War on Venezuela Brimming Storage And No Buyers: Venezuela's Oil Production Tanks
Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says bank account is frozen Venezuela designers turn to piracy after Adobe announces it will cut service
## Migrants/refugees ##
Despite 4-month decline, unauthorized border crossings nearing 1 million
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Climate Activists Block Roads, March in Global Protests Protesters shout down Homeland Security secretary, force him to abandon speech Clashes as indigenous march on Ecuador capital over fuel price hike More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia's Papua Investment vs environment: Armenia villagers protest gold mine plans
## Energy/resources ##
Capital Flight Is Killing The US Shale Boom
Will the Fracking Revolution Peak Before Ever Making Money? Oilpatch jobs are drying up in the Permian basin Peak Helium Ecuador Shuts In Production At Three Oil Fields Amid Protests
## Got food? ##
Florida grapefruit growers make bold move to help save industry
Florida grapefruit growers are trying to help preserve the industry with new plantings, taking a bold step in the face of disease and storms that continue to decimate their groves. Banana republic: Israel faces killer fungus that can destroy the crop nationwide Drought, saltwater intrusion loom in the Mekong Delta Flour Recall 2019: Another Flour Recall Issued For E. Coli Contamination
## Environment/health ##
104 pieces of plastic found in baby sea turtle that washed ashore in Florida Bayer says Oct. U.S. glyphosate trial delayed until further notice Florida is in for more dead corals, sea rise and floods, says new UN climate report September 4th month in a row to break or tie global heat records STD rates in U.S. reached all-time high in 2018, CDC says
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
China's surveillance tech is spreading globally, raising concerns about Beijing's influence I suspect that Western competitors are more concerned about losing market share. -- RF Working With The Private Sector And Hundreds Of Law Enforcement Agencies, ICE Has Assembled A Massive Surveillance Network Trump meddled in Ukraine, and he's not alone
## Japan ## Fertility crash: Japan's births headed below 900,000 this year
Japan to tighten screws on big acquisitions by Big Tech 3 workers sustain burns while inspecting maglev train Average monthly wage in Japan continues to decline SoftBank Damaged After WeWork Implosion, Losses Could Exceed $5 Billion
## China ##
Who Wins in China's Great Central Asia Spending Spree? Chinese Buy Gold In Volume In Holiday Week as Gold Jewellery Sales 'Soar' Meet the mainland Chinese who are living in fear in Hong Kong China's service sector growth slows to seven-month low in September, despite increase in new orders
U.S. widens blacklist to include China's top AI startups ahead of trade talks China rejects Donald Trump's call to investigate Democrat rival Joe Biden and son
## UK ## UK economy starts to show cracks under Brexit and global strains
Britain's economy is increasingly showing signs of strain as the Brexit crisis and the global slowdown intensify, with the loss of momentum appearing to spread to areas which have hitherto been sources of growth.
Parts of Cornwall which could be completely under water due to climate change Extinction Rebellion: 280 arrested in central London protests MI6 drive to recruit working class spies sees it named one of UK's best employers for social mobility Trade department would lobby for government to accept Trump's demands for weaker food hygiene standards after Brexit, Whitehall memo says
Lowering food safety regulations to US standards would mean allowing sale of products containing rodent hair, animal faeces and maggots Britain's Secret Saudi Military Support Program
By mistake, the U.K. recently revealed the budget size of multibillion-pound program that it manages to support the royal family's de facto protection force, which is also active in the devastating war in Yemen.
## US ## Charleston coastal flooding reaches record in 2019 with 58 events so far this year Banks increasingly unload flooded-out mortgages at taxpayer expense Privatization of profits, socialization of losses. See following article. -- RF
What's Holding Up the Market?
The Fed's nearly free money for financiers policies in support of the Super-Rich do not exist in a vacuum--the disastrous consequences are already baked in. U.S. economists wrestle with how to help 'left behind' areas US Economy: Federal Reserve Reports $17.9 Billion Increase In Consumer Borrowing For August Study: Up to $935B spent on healthcare in U.S. may be wasted 4 reasons the corporate pension is on its deathbed GE to freeze pension plans for about 20,000 US employees in a bid to cut debt The Relentless Road to Recession Producer Price Inflation is Unexpectedly Negative, Huge Intermediate Declines 800,000 Californians may have power cut to help prevent wildfires California Could Be 100 Years Late In Meeting 2050 Emissions Target California heading to a majority renter state Following the Greater Depression on eBay Onward Christian Soldier: Imagining a Pence Presidency
Be warned, the Vice President's foreign policy positions invoke a messianism not seen since the Bush Administration.
And finally... Pat Robertson: Trump could risk 'losing the mandate of heaven' with Syria decision Homeowner finds naked man singing in kitchen, drinking milk

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World's Best-Run Pension Funds Say It's Time to Start Worrying
Greece Never Really Recovered from Its Financial Crisis These Industrial Giants See An Economic Slowdown Ahead GM, Ford, BMW, VW, Honda Shift More Production to Mexico. Auto Imports Surge Despite Decline in US Sales
But Mexican exports to other countries plunge, tripped up by global auto slowdown. Gold supply heading for peak unless miners ramp up exploration spending Bank Crisis Hits India: "Bank Stops Functioning, People Crying Outside Bank Branches"
## Cut, baby, cut! ## This Is What A Recession Looks Like – Here Are 12 Big Companies That Are Conducting Major Layoffs
HSBC to cut up to 10,000 jobs in drive to slash costs: FT

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
PayPal becomes first member to exit Facebook's Libra Association
## Airline death spiral ## Airline bankruptcies surge, leaving rivals vying for planes
Airline bankruptcies have increased this year at the fastest ever rate, led by the collapse of India's Jet Airways, British travel group Thomas Cook and Avianca of Brazil, according to industry data.
"Darkening Outlook For Trade" - Global Air Cargo Rates Continue To Plummet, Hit 4-Year Low
Pilot shortage in Colorado and U.S. looms as current flyers are aging out and trainees face steep costs Will flight shame take off? Boeing 737 MAX May Not Fly Until March According To Southwest Pilots Yet Another 'Fume Event' On a British Airways Flight Brings Total to 56 in Less Than Months Seven Brits chucked off easyJet flight after punch-up forces emergency landing
Safety scare as criminals supply dodgy parts to South African planes

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## Hundreds of Russian Mercenaries Now in Venezuela, US Admiral Says
Nobody's Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents
Despite concern inside the U.S. about rising authoritarianism, Chas W. Freeman Jr says what we are really witnessing is the retreat of representative democracy, constitutionalism, secularism and a rule-bound international order. NATO Publishes Rare Photos Of 'Intercepted' Russian Supersonic Fighter Over Baltic A Year After Khashoggi's Murder, Saudi Arabia is Lurching Toward Chaos Saudi Arabia, Iran Take Steps Toward Indirect Talks to Reduce Tensions Turkey threatens military operation into Syria against American-backed Kurdish forces The U.S. Led Coup Attempt In Iraq May Further Weaken That Country • War on Iran In Huge Blow, Iran Confirms China Has Exited Crucial $5 Billlion Gas Project Iranian oil exports hinge on US-China trade talks • War on Venezuela Hundreds of Russian Mercenaries Now in Venezuela, US Admiral Says How Venezuela defeated Washington's coup attempt at the United Nations
## Migrants/refugees ##
Trump restricts entry for migrants without means to get health insurance
The number of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border is the highest it's been since 2007, new federal data shows
Erdogan base rejects refugees, pressuring EU pact
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hong Kong metro stays shut after night of violent protests Ecuador unions call off anti-austerity protests after 370 arrests in two days Haitian protesters clash with police in new push for president's ouster Protesters rise up as Lebanon's leaders grapple with multiple economic crises Algeria protesters demand army quit politics after cleric urges election Russia's Protest Movement is Expanding and Becoming Political, Study Says Thousands of Arab Israelis march, block roads to protest deadly crime wave Arab World Hit by New Protests as People in Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt Take to Streets Durban police avert disaster on N2 after protesters torch fuel tanker (South Africa) 104 people killed in Iraq unrest, 6,000 wounded: Interior Ministry UK police arrest 10 climate activists before protests Tens Of Thousands March For Independence In Scottish Capital Greek protesters demonstrate against Pompeo visit
Thousands rally in Kiev to protest autonomy plan for eastern Ukraine Tens of thousands protest French IVF law for single women, lesbians Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin
## Energy/resources ## Getting Real About Green Energy: An honest analysis of what it CAN'T promise More Than 50% Of The Mighty Permian's 2018 Oil Production Has Vaporized
Ecuador Leaves OPEC, Declares State Of Emergency Amid Protests US Coal Exports to Drop by 10 Million Tons This Year, Over 8 Million More in 2020 Iran Unveils $1.8 Billion Project to Export Oil From Outside the Gulf Avoiding Strait of Hormuz Israel: Wind turbines land in trouble

## Got food? ##
The Climate Crisis Will Permanently Change How These 22 Crops Are Grown CRISPR might be the banana's only hope against a deadly fungus US-China trade war forcing many farmers to take 2nd jobs to make ends meet
## Environment/health ##
Raking leaves again this fall? Stop right now Leaving the leaves is not enough. The world needs to go further and end the Cult of the Lawn. -- RF Diseases like West Nile, EEE and flesh-eating bacteria are flourishing due to climate change Chile's drought killing thousands of farm animals
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## Apple reverses ban on HKmap.live app tracking Hong Kong protests & police Police Tracking Of Climate Protesters? It's Worse Than You Could Possibly Imagine (US) China, Russia Deepen Technological Ties
With joint dialogues, incubators, and technology parks, Beijing and Moscow are seeking to overcome deficiencies and compete with the United States. North Korea said to be preparing for another China visit by leader Kim Jong-un Forget Facial Recognition: DHS's New Database, HART, Also Uses Scars, Tattoos, and Your Voice to ID You. And Amazon Is Storing All the Data. UAE telecom du sees no evidence of 'security holes' in Huawei's 5G technology: CTO
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Spooks Turned Spox: US Media Now Filled With Former Intelligence Agents
Singapore to decide what's fake and what's real
New fake news law will strictly curb online freedoms but big foreign tech firms like Facebook are willing to play along
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution
Big tech claims AI and digitization will bring a better future. But putting computers everywhere is bad for people and the planet
## Japan ##
Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics
With less than a year to go until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, organizers fear they may not be able to recruit enough security staff and are looking to the Self-Defense Forces and sophisticated facial recognition systems for help. At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water
## China ##
China's yuan to slip to new decade lows as trade war drags on: Reuters poll Finance Ministry Transferring More Assets to Boost Pension System China breeds giant pigs the size of polar bears as African swine fever causes pork shortage
China launches satellite that can photograph every metre of ground
## UK ##
Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics Extinction Rebellion protests: Climate activists plan to shut down London roads for second time
Here's how this government is spiralling a homeless crisis for families
## US ##
Ralph Nader: Why Isn't the 99% Revolting? US Customs Officer Harasses Defense One Journalist at Dulles Airport Despite New Taxes, Chicago's Pensions Are Worse Off Mall Vacancy Rate Hits 8-Year High Amid Record Number Of Store Closures Second Ukraine Whistleblower Comes Forward With "Firsthand Knowledge"
Trump Wants to Shrink the National Security Council
In the wake of the whistleblower complaint at the heart of the biggest threat to his presidency to date, President  Donald Trump has "ordered a substantial reduction in the staff" at the National Security Council, Bloomberg reported late Friday night. We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and "The National Interest" Trump opens 725,000 acres of California coast to oil drilling The Census Fails to Count 100 Million People as Living in Poverty Escape Illinois: Get The Hell Out Now, We Are GM Labor Talks Break Down, Set To Ignite US Manufacturing Recession

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[l] at 10/4/19 6:18pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
German machinery orders plummet, adding to recession fears
Dubai Seeks Investment To Bolster Flagging Economy India's central bank cuts interest rate, downgrades outlook The Collapse Might Finally Be Here September was an absolute disaster for new car sales, more bad news may lay ahead for the car industry as a whole, General Motors' striking workforce digs in, Tesla's going to China and more...
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
PC maker HP to cut up to 9,000 jobs in restructuring push
WeWork is planning to lay off thousands — up to 25% of its employees — as its new CEOs focus on the core business Sports Illustrated Layoffs 2019: '50% Of Staff' Lose Jobs, Replaced With Maven Bloggers
## Airline death spiral ##
Incident at Glasgow Airport over after police say package safe U.S. airlines grapple with 'unfair tax' that adds to aircraft supply disruption
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## Iraqi populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr calls for government resignation, snap election with international monitors: statement
Russia's Medvedev says Cuba can 'rely' on Moscow
The rise of stealth combat drones
The US dropped out of the stealth UCAV competition and is now trying to catch up to the Russians and Chinese MBS must shelve his vicious war in Yemen What If The World Treated The U.S. Like A Rogue State? Here's how many foreign military sales the US State Department OK'd in FY19 ISIS in Afghanistan is still able to field thousands of fighters despite hellacious fight to destroy it US, Turkey Conduct New Joint Patrol in Northeast Syria Putin: Russia Is Helping China Build a Missile Warning System How An Ever Sanctioning Superpower Is Losing Its Status
## Migrants/refugees ## Climate Change, Climate Refugees And The Immigration Crisis
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action
## Energy/resources ##
Sudden Eruption Of Violence In Iraq Threatens Oil Supply As net energy decline proceeds, societies will become increasingly destabilized, thereby leading to still further deterioration and rising global unrest. Vast nation-states with large populations require enormous energy flows to build and maintain. Once energy supplies start to falter, the process of collapse begins. -- RF Whistle-Blower Reveals​ 'Startling' Construction Problems at North Dakota Gas Plants Where Massive Spill Was Downplayed Russia Could Help India Cut Its Huge Oil Dependence Trump administration promises biofuel boost to farmers, angering Big Oil The use of ethanol dilutes the energy supply with low-EROI energy, and the production of corn for ethanol wastes large quantities of high-quality fossil fuels, thereby aggravating an already serious problem. -- RF
## Got food? ##
King Arthur Flour recalls flour for potential E. coli contamination
## Environment/health ##
First Nation people feed starving grizzlies in British Columbia
Mining Powers Modern Life, but Can Leave Scarred Lands and Polluted Waters Behind Farmers get 'negligible' benefit from insecticide that kills bees, researchers say The Earth just had its hottest September on record We pump too much water out of the ground—and that's killing our rivers Ebola Crisis Worsens, Threatening Tanzania, But New Vaccine Appears Effective
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Life's certainties: Death, taxes, and Cisco patching more serious vulnerabilities
From Hitler to Michael Jackson, unlikely names for Nobel Peace Prize
Eighty years ago on the brink of the bloodiest conflict in history, Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, illustrating that literally anyone can be nominated. DOJ Boss Joins UK, Australian Gov't In Asking Facebook To Ditch Its End-To-End Encryption Plan So, this is a request for a backdoor. (But one no government agency will refer to as a "backdoor.") "Lawful access" is law enforcement slang for "backdoor," kind of like "officer-involved shooting" is slang for "homicide" and "detected the odor of marijuana" is slang for "Fourth Amendment violation." Facial recognition technology needs controls on its use, World Economic Forum says Iran tried to hack hundreds of politicians, journalists email accounts last month, warns Microsoft
No confirmation from Trump yet whether he asked them to do it EU Continues To Muck Up The Internet: Approves Broad Filtering/Censorship Requirements Facebook's new 'private' messaging app wants to track your location 24/7, monitor your battery, and even detect if you're working out What's the Big Problem With Facial Recognition?
## Japan ## 2 Kyushu Elec Reactors to Be Halted for Delayed Antiterror Work Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits
Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 Likely Shelved After WeWork Blow Up
## China ## Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam invokes emergency powers, announces face mask ban Facial recognition is coming to hotels. I stayed at Alibaba's hotel of the future Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store Putin: China Ready To Buy As Much Soybeans, Wheat As Russia Can Produce Amid US Trade War
## UK ##
UK wildlife species dying out and many will soon vanish if urgent action not taken, study says
More than two-fifths have seen significant declines in recent decades

## US ##
Orders of Heavy Trucks Collapse, Layoffs Start It's official. Manufacturing is getting crushed
Facebook's Zuckerberg sympathizes with Bernie Sanders's take on billionaires: 'No one deserves to have that much money' I Worked at Capital One for Five Years. This Is How We Justified Piling Debt on Poor Customers. Democracy Is Now a Hindrance to the Imperial State Idiocy or Perfidy? How We Get Hooked on Foreign Democracy Crusades

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[l] at 10/3/19 6:45pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Weakening dollar is last hope for world economy, Saxo Bank analyst says
Russia's Largest Oil Company Ditches Dollar In New Oil Deals
Dow falls more than 800 points in two days US to impose tariffs on EU aircraft and agricultural products U.S. hits Scotch whisky, Italian cheese, French wine with 25% tariffs
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Kroger to lay off hundreds, as questions about its turnaround plan linger Robots to cut 200,000 US bank jobs in next decade Nestle, Dreyer's cutting hundreds of jobs in Bay Area and beyond Bed Bath & Beyond store closings: Retailer increases projected closures to 60
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Visa, Mastercard reconsider backing Facebook's Libra, report says

## Airline death spiral ##
Iraqi security forces fire at protesters storming Baghdad airport: police Delta says new U.S. tariffs on Airbus will hurt profits, inflict 'serious harm' Bombshell Report: Boeing 'Whistleblower' Says Company Focused On Profit Over Safety Of Doomed 737 Max U.S. orders speedy checks for cracks on 165 Boeing 737 NG planes United Airlines ramps up recruitment to hire 10,000 pilots over the next decade
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Allies Must Press US To Keep New Start: US Experts North Korea fires missile days before resuming US talks The Military Officials Who Knew Saudi Arabia Would Fail
Privately they've been saying for years that Riyadh can't win in Yemen and that we shouldn't have given the Houthis up. Philippine official tweets order for new protest vs China US State Department approves $39M weapons sale to Ukraine Israel is trying to hide its arms sales to Duterte's Philippines
Israel continues to sell arms to the world's most oppressive regimes, but the courts won't let the media cover the story. Hypersonic Weapons & National Insecurity
Weapons that move five times the speed of sound  are driving the latest phase of an arms race that not only never ends, but is constantly generating new global risks. Taliban send high-level delegation to Islamabad in push to resurrect peace deal
The Taliban announced Wednesday they are sending a high-level delegation to Pakistan's capital as part of a tour that has included Russia, China and Iran in a push to resurrect an Afghanistan peace deal with Washington that seemed imminent just a month ago. Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal • War on Iran Ships with 1 million tonnes of grain stuck outside Iran's ports in payment crisis
More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as U.S. sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country's efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.
Iran: Trump to Blame for Failure of French-Brokered Call

## Migrants/refugees ##
President Trump talked about shooting migrants, using alligators at the border, according new book Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos Greek plan to deport 10,000 migrants, move thousands to mainland Greece struggles to cope as migrant arrivals soar 'We've been taken hostage': African migrants stranded in Mexico after Trump's crackdown Finding Our Way in the Age of Climate Change and Migration
US To Collect DNA Of All Undocumented Migrants
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ## At Least 7 Dead, Embassies Sealed Off As Iraq Protests Rage; Police Open Fire On Crowds
Iraq curfews, shootings as 19 die in anti-government rallies Extinction Rebellion spray fake blood on Treasury building as police arrest eight for criminal damage (UK) Undocumented immigrants risk deportation to protest for rights in France Major bridges may targeted as environmental group plans protest Monday (Canada) Hong Kong sees multi-district protests against police shooting of student Ecuador declares state of emergency as fuel protests block roads Protesters in Netherlands demand rights for Uighur Guinea: Crackdown on Right to Protest
## Energy/resources ## Good quality and cost-competitive steel central to success of wind energy industry manufacturing in Europe
US Shale Production Is Set For A Steep Decline France says nuclear plant overruns 'unacceptable'
Coal is Piling Up in Europe as Utilities Prefer Natural Gas
Major Texas solar project underway to add relief for overloaded grid Shipping U.S. Oil To Asia Just Got A Lot More Expensive
Shipping rates for oil tankers leaving the United States bound for Asia jumped to three-year highs after Washington sanctioned several Chinese tanker operators for alleged violations of Iran oil sanctions. The Carbon Trap Oil Discoveries Hit 70-Year Low A short but meaty and informative article outlining the oil industry's increasingly grim situation. -- RF Renewables To Provide Half Of The World's Electricity By 2050 That's highly likely because humanity will be using much less electricity by then. -- RF Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won't Really Work A Million-Mile Electric Car Battery? Musk Wasn't Lying A million- or billion-mile battery won't change anything because what matters is whether the primary energy source is concentrated (like fossil fuels) or dilute (like renewables). Keep in mind that a battery is just a way of storing energy. -- RF
## Got food? ##
India bans onion exports after monsoon rains damage crops and prices soar An unprecedented catastrophe: Spanish crops destroyed covering more than 300,000ha Food Is Freedom: How Washington's Food Subsidies Have Helped Make Americans Fat and Sick Growing Your Own Groceries — How to turn your backyard into a food production system
Just one thing: You are not going to become an instant farmer. Countless challenges lurk everywhere. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
Russia Invites Climate Activist Greta Thunberg to Speak in Parliament Thousands of ships fitted with 'cheat devices' to divert poisonous pollution into sea Ocean Cleanup starts corralling trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill up to 125 million and launch a global climate catastrophe 'Toxic chemical fumes,' not oils, may be causing vaping illness, Mayo Clinic researchers find Vaping-related lung injury cases surge to 1,080; deaths rise to 18 Japan, U.S., EU to jointly measure plastic waste inflows into the oceans
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## The Tech Giants Are a Conduit for Fascism How 'National Security' Took Over America Russia Moves Toward Dual Citizenship for Foreigners Twitter, TweetDeck back up after suffering global outage; thousands impacted The FBI Is Running Facebook Ads To Target And Recruit Russian Spies In Washington D.C. Saudi Coalition Denies Yemeni Houthis' Claims of Capturing Troops Iraq switches off internet, imposes curfews as protests intensify Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israel
A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad. "This Is A Major Risk": France Rolls Out New Facial Recognition Technology School Districts Use "Gaggle" To Monitor Students' Free Speech And Social Media Posts
When Ukraine's Prosecutor Came After His Son's Sponsor Joe Biden Sprang Into Action
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Pentagon-funded researcher smears 'The Management of Savagery' in error-filled Times Literary Supplement screed
Lydia Wilson, a researcher at a US Department of Defense-backed outfit, has taken to the Times Literary Supplement to publish a malicious attack on "The Management of Savagery." The review is a hyper-ideological defense of US empire filled with distortions and bone-headed errors.  UN report gives Israel free hand to smear BDS movement
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Art of War According to the Science of Complex Systems: The Seneca Cliff as a strategic weapon

## Japan ##
North Korean projectile lands in Japan's exclusive economic zone, Tokyo says Japan, China may boost ties over next decade, depending on U.S. Japan's consumer confidence down for 12th month
'I can barely make ends meet': Low-income families in Japan fret over tax hike
## China ##
Tigers Advance and Farmers Retreat in China's Northeast Shooting of Hong Kong schoolboy Tsang Chi-kin 'totally legal and appropriate', Chinese state media says Saga of China's Bank of Jinzhou raises questions about the health of Chinese banking sector China's hog herd may drop by 55% due to fatal swine fever, says Rabobank Hong Kong government to announce new law banning masks during public assemblies in bid to end months of protest violence • War on Huawei Website that allowed Huawei phones to install Google apps taken down Any errors in arrest of Huawei CFO were technical, Canadian government tells court

## UK ##
Extinction Rebellion: Police call for new legal powers over protests as fresh action to start in London Ancient woodland due to be cut down for HS2 saved after government postpones work Extinction Rebellion protesters spray fake blood on to Treasury
UK is in danger of losing a quarter of its mammal population, major wildlife report says UK government to invest in nuclear fusion power plant design
## US ##
US Gross National Debt Jumps by $1.2 Trillion in Fiscal 2019, to $22.7 Trillion, Hits 106.5% of GDP Rural hospital closings reach crisis stage, leaving millions without nearby health care More than 20% of our nation's rural hospitals, or 430 hospitals across 43 states, are near collapse. US to Deploy Anti-Drone Defenses Along U.S.-Mexico Border Car Dealers Make More Profit On Loans Than Selling Cars
A third of auto loans in 2019 had a term period over six years. People cannot afford the cars they are buying. Kentucky governor asks students to participate in 'Bring Your Bible to School Day' The road to Gilead is paved with misguided (and unconstitutional) intentions. -- RF If Mike Pence Becomes President the Neocons Will Stage a Comeback And Pence would likely be the first president of Gilead. -- RF US manufacturing survey shows worst reading in a decade "The Press Has Gone Crazy": Trump Mocks NYT Report That He Wanted 'Moat Stuffed With Alligators' IPOs Crash & Burn, Debris Hits Housing, Office Markets New York City Business Conditions Collapse
ATM Withdrawal Fees Reach Record High, Personal Finance Study Says
100-degree heat hits the South as autumn temperatures return to Northeast Peter Schiff: The Party Is Over

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Fiscal crises biggest risk to global business, WEF says "The Darkening Outlook For Trade Is Discouraging:" WTO Sharply Lowers Global Outlook Amid Trade Conflicts "It's Almost Impossible To Buy": Japanese Bond Crash, Margin Call Send Shockwaves Around The Globe As The Tide Goes Out, SoftBank Has Been Swimming Naked All Along Japan proceeds with twice-delayed sales tax hike as growth sputters
Monetary metals market rigging goes far beyond JPM, GATA chairman says
Forever 21 files for bankruptcy
Ron Paul: US interest rates are going negative, and the Fed can't stop it WeWork IPO failure a critical signal for markets: Morgan Stanley WeWork's failure to go public is a critical turning point for markets that signals the end of "the days of endless capital for unprofitable businesses," Morgan Stanley Equity Strategist Michael Wilson says. US Dollar Status as Global Reserve Currency Slides
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Continental to cut thousands of jobs in Germany through massive restructuring Deere to lay off 163 U.S. workers as trade war dents equipment demand

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Russian Nuclear Engineer Fined for Mining Bitcoin at Top-Secret Lab
## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing adopts streamlined safety protocols after 737 Max crashes EU trade official says Europe 'must stand up for itself' in aircraft subsidy fight with US
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 — from a pony farm China's Anniversary Parade Reveals New Weapons That Will Influence U.S. Strategies
Yemen's Houthis Rout Saudis; Hundreds Killed, Thousands Captured Russia Delivers New Batch of Weapons to Central African Republic Turkey 'downs' unidentified drone on Syria border Map Shows "Four Times As Many Jihadist Militants" Around The World Than Before 9/11 Taking the fight to the terrorists? -- RF South Korean fighter jets patrol over islands disputed by Japan Just as Iraq Begins to Find Peace, It Once Again Becomes the Battleground for an American Proxy War North Korea, US nuclear talks to resume this weekend Afghan forces still at the mercy of US air support despite huge investment into Afghan air force Somali Militants Raid American Military Base Near Mogadishu • War on Iran U.S., Saudi Navies Discuss Iran Threat After Attacks On Saudi Oil Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, says he prefers political solution Saudi Arabia has sent messages to Iran's president: Iran government
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ## Iraq anti-corruption protests leave at least 1 dead, more than 200 injured
Starbucks becomes latest target of Hong Kong protester rage Live rounds fired in Hong Kong as chaos spreads across the city during National Day protests
Haiti police and protesters clash amid growing dissent
## Energy/resources ##
Erdogan: It's "Impossible" For Turkey To Stop Iranian Oil & Gas Imports Mexico's Pemex seeks control of U.S. oil firm's billion-barrel find Oil Pirates: The Gulf Of Mexico's Billion Dollar Problem 'Coal is still king' in Southeast Asia even as countries work toward cleaner energy
## Got food? ## Farmers not being made whole by Trump's trade wins
The trade deal President Donald Trump signed with Japan last week is part of a patchwork strategy for helping farmers make up for lost exports to China as he wages a bruising tariff war with Beijing. Despite those efforts, the Chinese market is proving almost impossible to replace.
U.S. farm bankruptcies rise as trade war drags on
Pig Ebola Has Cost China Over $140 Billion As Locals Get Angry At Record High Pork Prices

## Environment/health ##
The Empty Sea: What Future for the Blue Economy? Ontario is Sacrificing Wolves, Coyotes, and Moose to Appease Hunters Poland: Zero Emissions Is A Trillion-Dollar Fantasy Hottest October day ever: Record breaking temperatures soar from Midwest to the South (US) Russian alcohol consumption plunges 40%: WHO
The decrease has been linked to a raft of alcohol control measures introduced by President Vladimir Putin and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. An increase in life expectancy has been attributed to the trend.
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Impeachment…or CIA Coup? (Ron Paul) Amazon's dystopian plan to be anywhere and everywhere
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Senior Twitter Executive Joined British Army Troll Brigade
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
So Sorry, Your Karma Ran Over Your Dogma
When dogmas lose their grip on believers, they collapse in spectacular fashion.
Could Pricey Urban Meccas become Crime-Ridden Ghost Towns? Absolutely. Collapse is baked into the cake. -- RF
## Japan ##
Japan's consumption tax raised to 10% amid swelling welfare costs Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan 80% of big Japanese companies still do business with Huawei: Nikkei poll
Sony and Panasonic among those maintaining ties despite US ban French drugmaker Sanofi to cut around 200 jobs in Japan -source Japan's $1.5tn pension fund to go all in on green bonds Record high 85% of Japanese view China unfavorably, despite improving ties between Beijing and Tokyo Hyogo to relax wastewater controls amid fears Seto Inland Sea is 'too clean' for fish Isn't it possible that they're just catching too many fish? -- RF Hunger Strikes on Rise at Immigration Detention Centers

## China ##
China's tech ambition is 'unstoppable' — with or without the trade war, analyst says China aims to shut 8.7 GW of coal power by year-end - regulator Why China's Renewable Energy Transition Is Losing Momentum Growth at Chinese listed companies might decline to four-year low in 2019, Fitch says 'Day of mourning': Protests erupt around Hong Kong districts as China National Day marred by tear gas, clashes China unveils drones, missiles and hypersonic glide vehicle at military parade
• War on Huawei Trump, Finnish president to discuss 5G options to Huawei
## UK ##
UK to fly back 7,000 people as Thomas Cook repatriation efforts enter second week 'Shameful' figures show two homeless people died every day last year
Pharmacists warn of shortages in every category of drug as HRT supply issue continues
## US ##
Many elderly, disabled Americans are going hungry, study finds
Nearly 30,000 children under age 10 have been arrested in the US since 2013: FBI Here's why the Forever 21 bankruptcy could be really bad news for US mall owners Factbox: Major U.S. retail bankruptcies since 2017 White House trade adviser Navarro calls China delisting report 'fake news': CNBC There Goes The Second Tech Bubble: 2019 Set To Be The Worst Year For IPOs In History Chicago PMI contracts for third time in four months in September
Nearly half of the U.S.'s homeless people live in one state: California Manufacturing ISM Worst Since 2009 on Severe Contraction of Export Orders Road rage caught on camera shows 3 women attacking each other with bat FBI Agents Find Fentanyl at DC Government Office 1,015,736,491,184 reasons to have a Plan B

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
September Container Shipping Rates Collapse 43% Forcing Carriers To Slash Capacity
Spillover: world economies' next big headache
Kenyans rush to swap banknotes as cash ban looms
Australia pledges $150M to help NASA to moon, Mars Looking for the Next Big Thing after 5G. Governments everywhere are desperately trying to find and promote any gimmick which might induce people to spend more money and prop up the failing global economy. -- RF Buyer Beware: Peloton IPO Crash Tells Us The Global IPO Market Is Going Bust Singapore's trade slump set to continue amid US-China tensions, says senior trade official Is The E-Cig Industry On The Verge Of Collapse? Realistically, What's Left To Power Asset Prices Higher? Russia's bid to ditch the US dollar is slowly working, but obstacles remain Is the US Dollar Fading as the World's Dominant Currency? Central Bank Gold Agreement: Dead at 20
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Crypto Market Bleeds Following Massive Bitcoin Sell Off

## Airline death spiral ##
Getting the 737 Max flying again will require Boeing to make its MCAS system less confusing for pilots Boeing Failed To Consider Pilot Workload When It Designed and Tested The 737 MAX Boeing omitted safeguards on 737 Max that were used on military jet U.S. FAA requiring inspections for cracks on some 737 NG planes Alaska Airlines flight forced to stop in Kansas City over passenger threat United Airlines passenger got stuck in jet's bathroom, forcing a landing in Denver Race-related discrimination complaints against US airlines rise: GAO Social media users debate Japan Airlines' 'Smile Support' seat maps for avoiding bawling babies
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
UK tanker held in Iran leaves Bandar Abbas port: Refinitiv data
AFRICOM conducts third airstrike in a week against ISIS-Libya members How Yemen's Houthis are bringing down a Goliath Saudi Arabia Agrees to Limited Ceasefire in Yemen Saudi Arabia - Another Defeat In Yemen - King's Bodyguard Killed These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world in 2019 At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran. Israel Believed Behind Overnight Attack On Iran's 'Land Bridge' From Iraq To Syria Syria demands withdrawal of U.S., Turkish forces, warns of countermeasures Taiwan looks to boost artillery forces to counter China Did China just accidentally show off its new supersonic cruise missile?
• War on Iran At UN, European Allies & Trump Clip Pompeo's Hawk Wings
After the recent strikes on Saudi oil facilities, E-3 leaders offered a sop to the secretary of state but resisted key elements of his "maximum hostility" campaign towards Iran while  Trump also distanced himself. Despite French, British pleas, few signs of U.S.-Iran detente Trump Denies Offering Iran Sanctions Relief for Talks
## Migrants/refugees ##
Trump administration proposes historically low refugee limit
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Second wave of Climate Strike protests take to the streets around the world Greta Thunberg marches in Montreal for global climate protests Hundreds of thousands join children's climate strikes in Europe Activists daub Louvre's Pyramid with molasses in anti-Total protest Haiti gripped by violent protests, rage against president Protest in Argentina turns creative with Evitas, flash-mobs and fruit Police battle protesters as they set streets ablaze in central Hong Kong 67 protesters arrested for demonstration at New Hampshire coal power plant Thousands rally in Moscow to demand release of jailed protesters
## Energy/resources ##
Global oil freight rates rocket as U.S. sanctions tanker units of Chinese giant COSCO
Can concentrated solar power be used to generate industrial process heat? If you're still waiting to hear that renewables can sustain industrial society, this isn't the article for you. -- RF Where Europe Runs On Coal — The end of the age of fossil fuels is not yet in sight in Europe IEA may cut its oil demand growth estimates if global economy weakens How Much Oil is in an Electric Vehicle? The War Over Critical Mineral Supply
## Got food? ##
Climate change could trigger droughts in wheat-growing regions
Wheat-growing regions are likely to experience more frequent, severe and prolonged droughts if climate change continues unabated. Salty soil sends U.S. farmers, officials scrambling Over recent years, as warming temperatures have caused seas to expand and glaciers and land ice to melt into the oceans, rising sea levels have pushed saltwater into the area through tidal creeks and drainage ditches. Nestle Steps Up Testing After Finding High Levels Of Dangerous Weedkiller In Coffee Beans Hunger vs. Habit (and How It Affects Your Performance in Survival Situations) Many (most?) people will be on a permanent "diet" in the post-SHTF years. There's some good advice here. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
Scientists' Advice to People Living in Coastal Areas? Move. CDC study to track dangerous 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Climate Change and Technology Sometimes the "solution" is just another problem. -- RF 'What they put on the fields contaminates our water': Iowa's pollution problem
Decades of adding fertilisers and manure to drive Iowa's crop production has loaded the land with nutrients it can't hold on to – and they're ending up in the water supply
Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2019 is 'joint-second lowest' on record Bootleg Weed Vapes Found To Contain Cyanide Michigan to fight deadly mosquito virus with aerial spraying Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle 'nightmare' bugs Oops! Gene editing not as precise as advertised

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
DoorDash investigating data breach that may affect nearly 5 million What Isn't Mentioned About the Trump-Ukraine 'Scandal': The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy The impeachment offensive against Donald Trump is another symptom of a partisan disease that ignores an even greater malignancy. Trump-Ukraine whistleblower is a CIA employee who was detailed to the White House On The Motives Behind Whistleblower-gate (MoA) The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 5 — Busting the Myth WikiLeaks Never Published Damaging Material on Russia
A month before Hillary Clinton spread the widely-believed myth that WikiLeaks had never revealed anything on Russia, the publication had already released more than a million files on the country. Bomb-Plotting American Soldier Linked to US-Backed Neo Nazis in Ukraine
The FBI's arrest is just the latest example  of "blowback," when U.S. support for extremist foreign proxies fuels violent terrorism back at home. Russia's National AI Center Is Taking Shape A famed Russian technical university is helping to lead the government's push for public-private efforts to develop AI technologies and applications — including a joint project with China's Huawei — and to stop top talent from flowing to the West. Trump Frees Himself from Bolton – But Robert O'Brien Will be Just as Bad How facial recognition technology is bringing surveillance capitalism to our streets Edward Snowden's Julian Assange is an Unfamiliar Julian Assange
There is an unquestionable contradiction between Snowden's opposition to Assange's arrest and the rhetorical games he plays with Assange's character in his memoir, Permanent Record. Fire strikes Saudi high-speed train station, at least five injured
• War on Julian Assange Julian Assange 'subjected to every kind of torment' in Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition Spain security firm probed 'for spying on Assange for CIA'

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
MSM Defends CIA's "Whistleblower", Ignores Actual Whistleblowers Note To Journos - When Pompeo Doubles Down On A Lie He Does Not "Confirm" It To claim that the man who bragged "We lied, we cheated, we stole" and continues to lie every time he opens his mouth can "confirm" anything is lunatic. What Pompeo falsely claimed 'confirmed' only a false claim his department had earlier made.
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Could climate change fuel the rise of right-wing nationalism? A related article is Richard Heinberg's "Energy and Authoritarianism." As conditions become increasingly severe, holding societies together will require more rigid control over their populations. -- RF
## Japan ##
South Korea summons Japanese diplomat over defense white paper Japan says China bigger threat than nuclear-armed N Korea Anti-NHK party head suggests genocide to solve overpopulation Bad idea. How will he respond if someone suggests exterminating the Japanese? -- RF EU and Japan ink plan to bypass China's 'new Silk Road' As N Korea expands arsenal, Japan's missile defense shield faces unforeseen costs
## China ##
China, the world's second largest defense spender, becomes a major arms exporter China's new 'super camera' can instantly pinpoint specific targets among tens of thousands of people Gold Imports Into China Surge 61% From 8 Year Low To 13 Tonnes Stocks Sink as Trump Threatens to Delist Chinese Firms U.S. Treasury says no plans to block Chinese listings 'at this time': Bloomberg What's Wrong with Chinese GDP Data? Some Chinese Electric Cars Are 'Simply Worthless': Industry Body 44% of Chinese Auto Dealers Posted First Half Losses: Report As it happened: more than 100 arrests after march descends into violence and chaos on Hong Kong Island
## UK ##
Hinkley Point nuclear plant building costs rise by up to £2.9bn Too cheap to meter? -- RF Metro Bank Teeters after Bond Sale Fails. Shares Collapsed 95% 'Hidden homeless': Families being permanently housed in office blocks to shift them from homelessness lists Tasers to be given to 10,000 more police officers in England and Wales Britain to introduce a Magnitsky law after Brexit: foreign minister

## US ## Vacant Retail Space In NYC Has Doubled Since 2007 Nearly out of Cash, WeWork Shifts into Shrink & Survive Mode
House cleaners come in, halt all new leases, dump side businesses, sell corporate jet, lay off thousands, purge "Adam's posse" – in just two days. 29% of Americans are considered 'lower class'—here's how much money they earn Debt Bombs: Here Are The States With The Most Debt And the primary reason is net energy decline. As the energy-supply system delivers progressively less surplus energy to the economy, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain industrial society. Debt proliferates, the sea of red ink grows, and everything starts falling apart. Are you prepared? -- RF More millennials are ditching big US cities for the suburbs, and it shows just how dire the unaffordable housing crisis is Consumer Stress: Defaults Rise To Highest Level In 2019 A Shocking New Survey Finds That Most Americans Are Completely Unprepared For The Next Recession
Pets Are Now as Unaffordable As College, Housing and Healthcare Pets.Com IPO Went to Doggie Heaven: Which IPO is Next? It Is Time To Go: Over Half Of All California Voters "Have Considered Leaving The State" The 20 US cities everyone is moving away from Homeless people could lose the right to sleep on sidewalks if Western cities have their way The Problem With Impeachment
Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. Income inequality in the US has a hit a record high. Meet the 15 richest American family 'dynasties,' who have a combined net worth of $618 billion. House Flipper Lending Hits 13-Year High: What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Latest Numbers Tell Us That The Global Economic Slowdown Is Accelerating Dramatically A long-despised and risky economic doctrine is now a hot idea Helicopter money, MMT, and whatnot are doomed to failure because, as I've pointed out, giving people more money doesn't increase the total amount of energy at society's disposal. -- RF Trump's Unwinnable Trade War: Gold Explains Why U.S. business investment much weaker in second-quarter than previously estimated
## Airline death spiral ##
What's next for Condor Airlines after Thomas Cook Airlines collapse?
Beijing opens sprawling, starfish-shaped second airport as Chinese air travel demand grows A waste of good land — as we shall see in the near future. -- RF Investigators: Boeing didn't anticipate how pilots would handle multiple alerts on 737 Max
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran's Rouhani calls US the 'supporter of terrorism' in the Middle East and downplays role in Saudi oil attacks US Navy warships roaming Arctic waters 200 air and missile defense soldiers set to deploy to Saudi Arabia More US Troops, Patriots & Radar Head To Saudi; But How Useful Are They? A bipartisan report calls for the US to halt its withdrawal from Syria More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East The Coup Has Begun – The Empire Strikes Back Everywhere
Brits and Americans alike are learning the terrible lesson that it is time to put away childish things like representative government and that elections matter. • War on Iran Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great? (Ron Paul) How Holes in the Burning Saudi Oil Fields Narrative Could Draw the US Into a War With Iran It is inconceivable to the United States that a "rag-tag" force like Yemen's Houthis might, with home-made weapons, outdo the hundred-billion-dollar might and sophistication of the state-of-the-art  systems Washington has lavished upon the Saudis. Iran president warns of a region 'on the edge of collapse' • War on Venezuela US Slaps More Sanctions On Venezuela, But Cuba Continues To Get Some Oil
US to Provide $52 Million in Funding for Venezuela's Opposition
## Energy/resources ##
"Too Much Too Fast" Gas Glut Crushes Shale Drillers Who Is To Blame For The Decline In Permian Production? Secret Survey: U.S. Shale In A State Of 'Deep Anxiety'
The financial stress sweeping over the U.S. shale sector has led to a sharp contraction in activity. Protests Threaten Norway's Onshore Wind Power Growth Spike In Security Risks Push Middle East Oil Costs Higher Fatal Explosion Slams South Korea's Hydrogen Future Australian billionaire to back $14 billion solar power supply to Singapore: AFR It will just hasten Singapore's inevitable demise. -- RF
## Got food? ## 3 more suspected African swine fever cases reported in South Korea

## Solutions ##
A Primer For Those Considering Expatriation One crucial thing (outside the scope of this article) to consider is that collapse of the industrial system will not be limited to the US. It will crash globally. So even if people relocate to another country, they won't be able to avoid it. Taxes will in fact become the least of their problems. If this is a concern for you, it might make sense to shift your focus from "where can I reduce my tax liability?" to "where do I and my loved ones stand the best chance of surviving global chaos?" That might not even require moving to another country. Most people would no doubt be better off in their own countries, where they are familiar with the terrain. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Catastrophic season in store for Hawaiian coral thanks to marine heat wave Teens are pledging not to have kids until leaders take action on climate change I guarantee you that their decision won't endanger the future of humanity, but it could cause panic among politicians, economists, and other brain-dead growth fanatics. -- RF Evacuations, road closures set as Mont Blanc glacier nears collapse Plastic tea bags add billions of 'microplastics' to hot drinks, study says Vaping lung disease cases rise to 805; 12 deaths reported
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
As 2020 election looms, Facebook says it will let politicians post without fact-checking
Facebook says 'tens of thousands' of apps suspended over privacy issues In case you were wondering, I'm not on Facebook. -- RF Oracle says investigators have asked it for information about Google Google's Quantum Supremacy Announcement Shouldn't Be a Surprise Norway will not ban Huawei from 5G mobile network: minister

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Here's How We Are Silenced by Big Tech
This is how they silence us: your content has been secretly flagged as being "unsafe," i.e. "guilty of anti-Soviet thoughts;" poof, you're gone.
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## Amnesty International issue warning to travellers to America There is only one Western country in the top ten for the most dangerous countries for women to visit – and that is America. But now Amnesty International has just recently issued a travel warning to everyone visiting America. It includes advice on staying away from places where there are larger numbers of people such as tourist spots, cultural events, shopping malls and even schools. In other words, if you're not going on business, then don't go. Zimbabwe capital city shuts main water plant, shortages loom
Zimbabwe's capital shut its main water works on Monday citing shortages of foreign currency to import treatment chemicals, the deputy mayor said, potentially leaving the city dry and raising the risk of water borne diseases like cholera. 'Everybody's Overworked:' String of Suicides Raises Questions About Sailors' Stress Levels
## Japan ##
Shinzo Abe seeks to normalize relations with North Korea Apple supplier Japan Display loses out on Chinese funds: Nikkei

## China ##
Charts show China's explosive consumption of four critical commodities Alibaba unveils its first A.I. chip as China pushes for its own semiconductor technology Chinese U.S. homebuying to hit eight-year low, says leading property site Nio aims to control cash burn with smaller showrooms, leaner staff US sanctions on Chinese firms show Iran is still a 'potential flashpoint': Eurasia U.S. unlikely to extend waiver for U.S. firms to supply China's Huawei: Bloomberg

## US ## Forty States In The U.S. Do Not Have Enough Money To Pay Their Bills Gabbard qualifies for fourth presidential debate Employer Healthcare Costs Jump to $20,000 - Not Inflation? How Employees & Employers Get Bled by Health Insurance Stress of politics taking mental, physical toll on Americans California man who set sleeping homeless man on fire and took pictures held for $1 million bail Special Report: New frontier in health fraud - Genetic tests of the elderly You're Footing The Bill For Bankrupt Shale Drillers
A wave of oil and gas wells abandoned by bankrupted drillers could cost the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars. The Democrats' Impeachment Attempt Against Trump Is A Huge Mistake
Instead of running on policy issues the Democrats will (again) try to find vague dirt with which they can tarnish Trump. This is a huge political mistake. It will help Trump to win his reelection. U.S. business investment downturn could pressure slowing economy California's pension debt cannot be ignored SF residents buy boulders, place them on sidewalk to thwart homeless tents Miami Real Estate Is About To Collapse… This is About Condos, and it Would Be Funny if it Weren't so Serious United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education

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[l] at 9/24/19 4:46pm
Posting will be light until the rice crop is in.
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Tour company Thomas Cook collapses, global bookings canceled
Asset Class of Vintage Cars Drops into Bear Market, Down by More than in 2008/2009 Use of "Hidden Debt Loophole" Spreads Among Australian Corporations Negative Interest Rates Are Social Political Poison
The interest rate business model is dead. Negative interest rates killed it, with no replacement in sight. Financial Storm Clouds Gather
The price of this "solution"--the undermining of the financial system--will eventually be paid in full. Draghi Open to MMT and a People's QE A majority of the ultra-wealthy expect a recession by 2020 and are hunkering down, says UBS survey
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Vaping giant Juul is cutting staff in corporate restructuring as scrutiny intensifies

## Airline death spiral ##
Indonesia finds design flaw, oversight lapses in 737 MAX crash: WSJ Airlines ask Hong Kong to waive airport fees as demand drops: letter Strains that sank Thomas Cook weigh on European airlines
The collapse of travel group Thomas Cook and a trio of subsidiary airlines, leaving 600,000 holidaymakers stranded, is unlikely to be the last failure among Europe's struggling second-tier carriers. Thomas Cook's Condor to continue operations, seeks bridging loan from Germany
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## U.S. Air Force weighs reducing B-1 bomber fleet to save money Attacks on Saudi Oil Plants Reveal Weaknesses in US-Made Defenses Iran: Seized UK-Flagged Oil Tanker "Free To Leave" Iran's Zarif Denies CNN Report: "A Meeting With Trump Isn't Possible At This Time" Book Review: The (Real) Revolution In Military Affairs NATO's Not Ready For Saudi-Style Drone Attacks; 'It's A Serious Problem' US Troops Are Likely Headed to This Saudi Air Base Three US Troops Wounded in Apparent Insider Attack in Afghanistan Rocket Attack Hits near US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone US, Polish presidents sign pact to boost American military presence in Poland The Return of the Condottieri? How Military Drones are Changing the World • War on Iran U.S. to intensify pressure on Iran after Saudi oil attacks, but seeks collective response: envoy
## Migrants/refugees ##
EU ministers in Malta to thrash out new migrant system One deadly week reveals where the immigration crisis begins — and where it ends
In one week, thousands of migrants overwhelm the U.S. border. We reveal their dangerous journeys and the broken immigration system that awaits them.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Buildings torched as fresh unrest erupts in Indonesia's Papua 26 dead, dozens injured in West Papua riots
## Energy/resources ##
Oil Markets Are One Outage Away From Crisis Concentrated Solar Power can only exist in deserts and use too much water Is Aramco Lying About Its Damaged Oil Infrastructure?
Repairs at the Khurais field and the Abqaiq processing facility may take several months rather than the ten weeks tops that Aramco had initially estimated, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing foreign contractors working with the Saudi state giant. SolarCity Panels Spontaneously Ignite On Colorado Residential Rooftop Why The Saudis Are Lying About Their Oil Production Fire breaks out at floating solar plant in Japan The second photograph in this article shows the severe buckling of the solar panel support structure. -- RF FERC Warns A Gas Pipeline Attack Could Cause Mass Blackouts
## Environment/health ##
WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho Who's going to guard this stuff after society collapses? -- RF Greta Thunberg, 15 young activists sue five countries over climate change Arctic sea ice shrinks to 2nd-lowest mark on record Climate Crisis Is Accelerating. Past 5 Years Will Be Hottest on Record: Report Flavored Vape Chemicals Cause Popcorn Lung: It Can Kill You Veterinary drugs pushing dung beetles to the brink of extinction
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Tech giants beef up body to fight extremist content
Tech companies led by Facebook on Monday joined world leaders in ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online, giving it a permanent staff. Twitter's 'Hide Replies' Function Serves To Appease The Elitists Of The Political/Media Class Jimmy Carter Turned A Blind Eye To Israeli Nuclear Test, Declassified Docs Reveal
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Let's Talk About Saudi Arabia At UN, Trump attacks globalism and urges pressure on Iran

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
It Could Never Happen Here: Many People Won't Consider the Grim Reality of Long-term Survival It absolutely will get bad, everywhere. When people get hungry, the mood quickly turns ugly. -- RR
## Japan ##
Japan failed to detect North Korea missiles, report says
Abe urges Iran to play constructive role in easing Middle East tensions

## China ##
China buys about 10 cargoes of U.S. soybeans after trade talks Chinese Firms Dump $40 Billion In Global Assets, Turn Net Seller For First Time In Decades • War on Huawei Canada says officials did not act improperly when arresting Huawei CFO
There is no evidence Canadian border officials or police acted improperly when Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was detained and arrested at Vancouver's airport nearly 10 months ago, the attorney general of Canada said in a filing released on Monday.
## UK ##
Britain to create 1 billion pound fund for clean energy technology Thomas Cook enters compulsory liquidation, canceling all hotel bookings and flights RIP Thomas Cook: holiday dreams washed away by tide of debt After Thomas Cook collapse, UK PM asks why bosses got paid millions Court rules Johnson suspended parliament unlawfully, PM defiant
## US ##
US Will Follow Germany, Eurozone, China Into Recession
The Mainstream Media Says The Middle Class Isn't Shrinking – But That Is Only Because Their Definition Includes Lots Of Poor People Student debt hit a depressing amount now hovering at $1.5 trillion. Where do we go from here? Alarming VA Report Totals Decade of Veteran Suicides 3 suicides in 1 week by sailors from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush PG&E shuts off powers to 24,000 customers due to wildfire risk

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[l] at 9/22/19 6:08pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global economy growing at slowest pace since recession, OECD says The Rich Getting Poorer? Swiss Banks Begin Charging Wealthy Clients For Deposits From Underwear to Cars, India's Economy Is Fraying
The country once had the world's fastest-growing economy, but it has been battered by global and domestic forces. India's troubles are a warning sign for other developing countries. India came too late to the party, and is unable to benefit from the ultra-cheap, high-quality oil energy which developed countries enjoyed in the postwar years. -- RF 'The men who plundered Europe': bankers on trial for siphoning €60bn Automation and the Crisis of Work Danish and Swiss Banks to Charge Customers 0.75% Interest on Large Deposits Fed Loses Control of its Benchmark Interest: Repo Rates through the Roof! Indian shadow bank Altico says evaluating options after default Global Carmageddon Continues: Mexico Total Vehicle Exports Crushed 12.7% In August
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Commerzbank aims to cut jobs, branches after Deutsche merger fails

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Undeterred, Facebook to press on with Libra launch next year: executive

## Airline death spiral ##
FAA waiting for more software details before 737 MAX can return to service More oxygen bottles found tampered with on Cathay Pacific flights, adding to Hong Kong carrier's problems
2 Muslim men say American Airlines canceled flight after crew 'didn't feel comfortable' Hong Kong riot police move to curb airport protest after violent clashes Beijing Daxing International Airport set to open Suspected drone activity diverts flights coming into Dubai: airport authorities Factbox: Fleet of over 100 jets operated by troubled Thomas Cook
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Has No Immediate Plans to Boost Forces to Counter Iran: Pentagon Hundreds of Marines Are Headed to Central, South America as Amphib Changes Homeports Attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities was 'sophisticated' and had a 'dramatic impact on global markets,' Pentagon says Iran says its foreign minister will be attending the UN meeting in New York amid visa doubts 30+ Afghans Killed In Drone Strike While CIA Celebrates 18 Years Of War On Afghanistan U.S. Ships More Air Defense Systems That Do Not Work To Saudi Arabia The U.S. is now sending more soldiers to Saudi Arabia with more Patriot systems and additional Terminal High Attitude Aera Defense, or THAAD, systems. Neither of these can protect against drones or cruise missiles like those that were used in the attack on Abqaiq. The whole operation is useless security theater. Houthis: We Will Stop Saudi Attacks If Kingdom Agrees To Stand Down In Yemen Iran president says West should 'distance' themselves from Persian Gulf, leave security to regional nations US Army Prepares To Test New Anti-Drone BLADE System To Defend Against Drone Swarms Kiribati says national interest behind cutting Taiwan ties in favor of China The switch to recognize Beijing, just days after the Solomon Islands cut ties with Taiwan, deals a fresh blow to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January, as it takes to seven the tally of allies lost to China since she took office in 2016. Dramatic Footage Captures Major Russia-China War Games Involving Over 120K Soldiers Australia Police Now Confiscate Loose Coins in Cars
• War on Iran Pentagon to Present Trump, Aides With a 'Range' of Iran Military Options Trump sanctions Iran's central bank in wake of strikes on Saudi oil facilities Iran says new U.S. sanctions target Iranians' access to food, medicine
• War on Cuba Amid crippling sanctions, Cuba deploys oxen, wood-fired ovens to overcome fuel crisis
## Migrants/refugees ##
Greek police raid Athens squats and arrest migrants
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Students begin global climate strike with message for governments: Do your job 'I want a future.' Global Climate Strike draws out hundreds of thousands of protesters in New York, DC Brazilian climate strikers take aim at Bolsonaro for Amazon fires Egyptian protests call for resignation of President Sisi Paris police use tear gas on Yellow Vest protesters as climate march turns violent Hong Kong protesters target China-linked businesses
## Energy/resources ## Planned power plants in Asia likely to face water shortages
"Catastrophic Flooding" Threatens Heart Of Texas Oil Industry The World's Top Oil Basin Is Running Out Of Space Wealthy Saudis Are Being Bullied Into Buying Aramco Saudi Arabia tells Japan's biggest refiner about possible shipment change: Nikkei
Saudi state oil firm Aramco has told Japanese refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy about a possible change in shipment, raising concern about the kingdom's ability to supply crude oil a week after attacks on its refineries, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
## Got food? ##
USDA gives final approval for faster hog processing line speeds The new rule allows slaughterhouses to opt in to the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (inexplicably, NSIS), a "modernized" system that eliminates maximum line speeds and shifts some of the responsibility for removing sick animals from the processing line from USDA inspectors to plant employees.
Swine fever fears: China bans S Korea pig imports
## Solutions ##
The Importance Of A Resilient Life — In the end, it will mean all the difference

## Environment/health ## Choking and gasping in Indonesia's noxious haze
Uncontrolled wildfires have made the nation into an unmitigated environmental disaster site
Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier may be thinning faster than previously thought Plan to kill off mosquitoes backfires, spawning mutant hybrid insects Study: Two weeks of no exercise enough to damage fit people's bodies Walmart To Stop Selling E-Cigarettes Amid National Vaping Scrutiny Marijuana Vape Sales Plunge In Massachusetts Amid Mysterious Outbreak New Study Documents Depleted Uranium Impacts on Children in Iraq Cost of Double-Lining Underground Fuel Storage Tanks Isn't Justified, Navy Says (Hawaii) Cuban 'sonic weapon' sickness caused by pesticides? Thousands Of Swiss Protest 5G Wireless Over Health Fears Banks worth $47 trillion adopt new U.N.-backed climate principles
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Edward Snowden: France rejects new asylum request from NSA whistleblower Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It
Repo men are passively scanning and uploading the locations of every car they drive by into DRN, a surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans accessible by private investigators. Penn State Prof: Social Credit Will Shift Law in the West "From Constitution… to Analytics and Algorithm" Navy's New Triton Drone Heads To Guam, New Pacific Recon Tool "Suspiciously Well Placed": First Images Of Crippling Damage To Giant Khurais Oil Field Revealed Secret FBI Subpoenas For Personal Data Go Far Beyond Previously Known If the Facts Come Out, it Could Spell the End for Joe Biden (Ray McGovern)
The Establishment media is in a frenzy about what they hope will be the downfall of Trump, but if the facts come out, it could be the downfall of Joe Biden instead. The Real Reason the US is Staying in Afghanistan
• War on Julian Assange Julian Assange: justice denied
UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
U.S. Orders 2 Universities to Recast Tone on Israel
The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough "positive" imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.
Using Forged Emails, "Progressive" Journalists Smear Their Own for Challenging Syria Groupthink
Behind the campaign to silence these three critical, anti-war journalists was the same cast of characters that have become notorious in progressive circles for the viciousness of their attacks against anyone willing to come out against regime change in Syria.

## Japan ##
Japan to vaccinate pigs to tackle hog cholera outbreak
Global warming outpacing steps to protect Tokyo Olympic athletes
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are testing a number of measures to counter the expected scorching heat next summer when outdoor track events are held. Consumer inflation cools in August to two year low in blow to BOJ
## China ##
Chinese trade negotiators cancel US farm visit, cut trip short Patriotism Erupts Across China As Consumers Ditch Apple For Huawei Taiwan loses second ally in a week after Kiribati cuts ties and switches over to China
## UK ##
UK's Thomas Cook hunts for $250 million to fend off collapse Police arrest journalist wearing press pass during climate protest Salmonella in UK eggs 'has poisoned 45 people in 2019' Theft of catalytic converters from hybrid cars surges Travel Giant Thomas Cook Fails To Find Funds To Avert Collapse
## US ## Bankrupt Illinois Cities Forced to Cut Services to Fund Pensions
US Banks Have $1.4T in Excess Reserves Yet Need Daily "Emergency" Fed Actions
Moody's: Illinoisans on hook for more than $18,000 per person in public pension debt, highest in nation Americans Bust Their Budgets By $7,429.24 A Year, Data Shows Economists: Hawaii's economy will slow to near standstill Grade-Rigging Scandal: Baltimore Students Missed 100+ Days Of School, Failed Classes, Still Graduated Court Shoots Down Cop's Assertion That Driving Without Breaking Any Laws Is 'Suspicious' Three Mile Island, where a meltdown forever changed nuclear energy in America, shut down Friday Trust and Distrust in America
Many Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems. They have a wealth of ideas about what's gone wrong and how to fix it. Washington Monument elevator broke down for 'about an hour' during re-opening weekend

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ## Auto Bust Triggers Sharp Slowdown In Global Manufacturing
EU car sales drop in August Big banks score win as U.S. regulator proposes easing post-crisis derivatives rules We are in an earnings recession, and it is expected to get worse We need to keep our heads clear on what is happening to the economy. Although pundits propose various ills to explain the daily assault on our livelihoods, at the end of the day it's energy that underpins everything. A look at the situation finds two factors that are dragging the industrial economy into a morass from which escape is likely impossible. First, the net energy provided by fossil fuels, oil in particular, is gradually falling, which means that the surplus energy left over to run the economy gradually declines. Second, the proportion of energy from renewable sources is rising, which means that an increasing amount of dilute, low-quality energy is being fed into the system. This aggravates the problem by creating a further drag on the economy. Unless some new, inexpensive, high-quality, and high-density form of energy is found soon, we are in some deep doo-doo. -- RF Low dollar, global unrest fuel expat appetite for Aussie mansions How An Oil Supply Outage Could Paralyze Asia Parts shortage leads GM to lay off 1,200 temporarily in Canada Interest Rate Derivatives Trading Explodes to $6.5 Trillion/Day
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ## Poorest UK areas have lost more free ATMs than richer ones, Which? report finds

## Airline death spiral ##
Hong Kong Airlines to reduce number of flights as protests take toll on carriers 14,000 Words Of "Blame The Pilots" That Whitewash Boeing Of 737 MAX Failure Southwest passengers get no damages for flights canceled by de-icer shortage: U.S. judge Airbus forecasts that number of planes in sky will double in 20 years
Aerospace company says growth in air travel to continue despite climate crisis concerns It won't double in 20 years, or even in a million years. -- RF Passengers panic as Delta flight plunges nearly 30,000 feet in under 8 minutes
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia Captures 80 North Korean Sailors After Clash in Sea of Japan The Encirclement of Saudi Oil Production by Iran Saudis couldn't stop attack on oil facilities, even with top US defenses Putin Wants to Be the Middle East's Go-To Problem Solver The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deploying to Central and South America Iran to hold annual Gulf drills with 200 frigates, speedboats Marco Rubio Threatens Sanctions On Tiny Solomon Islands After It Cut Ties With Taiwan As a sovereign nation, the Solomon Islands should be in charge of its own affairs. Regardless of what other countries think, the Solomon Islands government sees its bread buttered on the other side. Rubio is entitled to his opinion but is out of line when calling for sanctions on another sovereign nation which is acting in its own self-interest. -- RF Russian Navy To Be First To Field Hypersonic Cruise Missiles On Submarines Space Force price tag clouds decision to formally launch, despite White House push Will the Yemen War be the End of Saudi Arabia? The Crisis Over The Attack On Saudi Oil Infrastructure Is Over - We Now Wait For the Next One Saudi Arabia up in Flames: Riyadh Is Headed for a Major Disaster • War on Iran Iran Struggles With Food Security Amid Sanctions Following Saudi Attack Trump To Levy Paralyzing Sanctions On Iran Only Coalition of the Foolish wants war with Iran • War on Venezuela US, Venezuela opposition majority renew support for Guaido
U.S. Sanctions Severely Cripple Venezuela's Oil Production
## Migrants/refugees ##
World's migrant population now at 272 million, UN report finds
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Federal court blocks South Dakota 'Riot Boosting' laws
A federal court blocked a series of laws in South Dakota that would impose penalties, including fines and jail time, on protesters.
The Rebellion Hypothesis: Crisis, Inaction, and the Question of Civil Disobedience (PDF) 'It's our future that's at stake': US students plan to skip school Friday to fight climate 'emergency'

## Energy/resources ##
WoodMac: Geopolitical Risk Premium Is Back In Oil Prices Saudi Aramco: We Never Asked Iraq For Extra Oil Saudi attacks rattle shippers' plan to switch fuels
## Got food? ##
Scientists claim key advance in battle against citrus greening A think tank predicts beef and dairy will collapse in 11 years. Is it right?
Just keep in mind that when power grids and economies collapse, food factories will be kaput. -- RF

## Environment/health ## World at risk of pandemics that could kill millions, panel warns
Deaths from mosquito-borne EEE virus prompt calls to cancel outdoor events in Michigan Shocking Video Simulation Shows the Devastation Nuclear War Would Cause U.S. cases of vaping-related illness rise to 530 as outbreak widens Air pollution can reach the placenta around a developing baby Rights group says Bolsonaro gives 'green light' to Amazon illegal loggers Explosion Hits Russian Lab That Houses Smallpox, Ebola Viruses Vector, along with Russia's consumer protection watchdog and the town's mayor, were quick to stress that biohazard substances weren't present at the time of the blast and said the explosion does not pose a threat to the  community. Opioid epidemic tied to doubling of dangerous heart infections Only 38% Of Americans Believe Humans Mainly Responsible For Climate Change India announces ban on sale of e-cigarette products Mosquito-borne virus threat grows with new Michigan cases Texas declares disaster as torrential rain wreaks havoc, grounds hundreds of flights Can you get cancer from tap water? New study says even 'safe' drinking water poses risk
A new report from an environmental advocacy watchdog group cautions that carcinogenic products in tap water may altogether increase cancer risk for thousands of U.S. residents over a lifetime. Climate Crusaders Aren't Buying Natural Gas Propaganda
The much-touted conversion from coal- and oil-fired power generation to natural gas actually raises the greenhouse effect of energy consumption by around 40 percent because of alarming methane emissions from gas, Berlin-based Energy Watch Group (EWG) said in new study. There are 3 billion fewer birds in North America than there were in 1970 We don't need no stinkin' birds...? -- RF
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## New surveillance tech means you'll never be anonymous again
Forget facial recognition. Researchers around the world are creating new ways to monitor you. Lasers detecting your heartbeat and microbiome are already being developed
Israel Spies and Spies and Spies (on the US) Apple Is About To Reveal Facebook's Shady Location Tracking Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix A study by researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and Amazon FireTV, are leaking sensitive user data to advertisers. Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max
Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion. DOJ Decides To Help Publicize Snowden's Memoir By Suing Him For Failing To Run His Book By The CIA And NSA First Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug Biometrics class actions target Lowe's, Home Depot for anti-shoplifting surveillance systems Beneath Contempt (Craig Murray)
The ruling caste of Saudi Arabia present the most striking example in world history of the extreme combination of avarice and personal cowardice. They are gagging for a war with Iran so long as somebody else  fights it for them. The Global Expansion of AI Surveillance

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Air Force Has Declared War on Hopelessness in the Ranks America's F-22 And F-35 Fighters Still Aren't As Ready As They Were Ordered To Be
Millennials share their retirement plans on Twitter — let's just say it's not good
Wishing for early death? Living in a dumpster? Most young adults don't see retirement in their future The New Orthodoxy: Blasphemy, Heresy and the New Inquisition
A corrupt Orthodoxy devoid of new ideas, an Orthodoxy devoted to maintaining the wealth, status and power of insiders regardless of cost, is a brittle, fragile, unstable system.
## Japan ##
Japan defense minister: Not aware of any Iran involvement in Saudi attacks Abe, Rouhani to hold talks next Tuesday in New York Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan Japan eyes screening technology investments as small as 1% Typhoon Faxai caused heavy damage to agriculture Ex-TEPCO Execs Acquitted over 2011 Nuclear Crisis Amid shifting global security environment, will Japan remain the 'shield' in U.S. alliance? U.S. eager to spur military tech as China innovates, but Japan industry in 'lukewarm environment'

## China ##
Debt-Wracked Chinese Companies Dump US & Other Foreign Assets, Become Net Sellers Overseas for First Time US cancels Solomon Islands meeting after 'disappointment' at it switching ties from Taipei to Beijing China planning 226GW of new coal-fired power projects, environmental groups say China, Russia set to double trade to US$200 billion by 2024 with help of soybeans
## UK ##
Food bank demand surges in areas where people have received universal credit for longest, figures show UK economy has 'too few robots', warn MPs 25% of teachers in England work more than 60 hours a week - study Car dealer Pendragon predicts bleak year as it reports first-half loss
Company cuts 300 jobs and blames political uncertainty for poor market conditions Cash strapped students targeted as money mules Homelessness among old people soars by 39%, official figures reveal

## US ##
GM Strike Costs Company $100 Million A Day In Lost Production 50,000 UAW Workers on Strike and GM is Already Just One Notch Above Junk
Guantanamo Bay only has 40 prisoners left, and they cost the US more than a half-billion dollars a year The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter: Lockheed Martin Remains Top Gun in the Pentagon's Cockpit Years Late, It's 'Pass-Fail' Now For Boeing's KC-46 Tanker: Gen. Miller Will the US Army have enough to pay for its modernization? Dozens of teens witnessed boy's fatal stabbing. Some took video; none helped, police say Nearly half of the U.S.'s homeless people live in one state: California
Trump, Carson reject California's request for federal help on homelessness $250,000,000,000 and counting
That's a quarter-trillion dollars, which is how much Illinois pension debt now totals, according to Moody's—which also suggests that any improvement is fleeting.
U.S. Housing Finance "Worse Off Today" Than In 2008 Gun violence costs U.S. $229B annually, analysis says Marines Test Nonlethal Mortar Round for Crowd Control The Marine Corps Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate is currently testing an 81mm mortar round that delivers a shower of flashbang grenades to disperse troublemakers. Marines Arm Drone Vehicle with .50-cal Machine Gun for Urban Fight College graduates owe $29,000 in student debt now — more than ever before Millennials have an average of $28,000 in debt—and the biggest source isn't student loans
And finally... Armed robber scared off by little girl throwing loaf of bread at him

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

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
India's economy slows, stalling once thriving manufacturing Amazon Reportedly Changed Search Algorithm To Favor More Profitable Products
After publishing a steady stream of scoops about Amazon's anti-competitive tendencies, the Wall Street Journal on Monday dropped one of the biggest media bombshells to rock the e-commerce giant in recent memory: That Amazon has deliberately tweaked its product-search algorithm to more prominently feature products that are more profitable for Amazon, including its own in-house brands. Markets That Live by the Fed, Die by the Fed Russia & Iran to switch to SWIFT-free banking system China Gold is hunting for deals of as much as $2 billion
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
LG Display seeks job cuts amid mounting financial losses

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Wells Fargo tests cryptocurrency for internal transactions
Germany's Scholz: We cannot accept parallel currencies such as Facebook's Libra
## Airline death spiral ## Customer service agents at airports report staggering amount of harassment and threats Alcohol use, frustration over business practices like fees for checked or carry-on bags and long lines could [sic] were contributing factors. Nearly 18 years after 9/11, the federal air marshals program is in 'crisis'
Boeing board will reportedly call for structural changes after 737 Max crashes International panel to criticize U.S. FAA's Boeing 737 MAX approval process: WSJ U.S. FAA to brief international regulators on status of Boeing 737 MAX
Drones: A Rising Menace To UK Aviation
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Black Swan Is a Drone Trump: US 'Locked and Loaded' After Attack on Saudis Damage At Saudi Oil Plant Points To Well Targeted Swarm Attack (MoA) The Saudi drone attack took out a known weak spot in the oil supply chain with a cheap, low-tech weapon that billions' worth of air defenses are powerless to stop Trump Talks 'Mutual Defense Treaty' With Netanyahu Ahead of Elections Turkey says Israel becoming 'racist, apartheid regime' with annexation plan Emirati-Flagged Ship Seized By Iran In Strait Of Hormuz On Suspicion Of Smuggling Diesel Now That Washington's Most Dangerous Man is Sacked
The week ahead provides chances to monitor resets in Trump's foreign policy after John Bolton's destructive tenure. How Russian And Iran Beat Their Opponents' Strategies Scoring recent development contracts, Lockheed bets on hypersonic missile production Pentagon Steps Up Efforts to Counter China's Rising Power • War on Iran Why Would Iran Attack the Saudis NOW? Indeed, U.S. officials have admitted to twice carrying out false flag attacks intended to frame Iran and justify regime change. At the same time, we should leave open the possibility that the attack is part of Iran's "maximum pressure" campaign (which doesn't mean that Iran was directly responsible). In both planning and execution, the attack shows a high level of military expertise. -- RF Questions, Not Answers Surround U.S. Push to War with Iran Iran supreme leader rules out negotiations with US • War on Venezuela Venezuela's Guaidó pictured with members of Colombian gang Nothing to see here, folks. Move right along. -- RF Trump grew weary of Bolton's push for military force against Venezuela
Venezuela's opposition says Norway-mediated dialogue with Maduro 'is finished'
## Migrants/refugees ## Climate Change Will Create 1.5 Billion Migrants by 2050 and We Have No Idea Where They'll Go The climate crisis has already created millions of invisible refugees and could create up to 1.5 billion more in the next 30 years. But under international law no country is obliged to take them in.
Ocean Viking set to return to Libya rescues
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Yellow vest protesters clash with police in Nantes as marches resume Boris Johnson pulls out of Luxembourg press conference because of boos from protesters
## Energy/resources ## Blackout hits 4 nations in Central America, affects millions
Wyoming's shrinking coal industry leads to job losses Oil Explodes 20% Higher, Biggest Jump On Record Why Oil Prices Just Fell 6%
Oil prices fell sharply on late Tuesday morning as Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia's oil output may return to normal more quickly than earlier reports had suggested. Why "fracked" shale oil and gas will not save us Taxing your electric car to pay for highway repairs is gaining momentum
Bill Gates Says $11 Trillion Anti-Oil Push Isn't Working
## Got food? ##
Insurance companies offer policies for African swine fever General Mills recalls 600,000 pounds of Gold Medal unbleached flour for E. coli risk South Dakota farmers reeling from year's second record-breaking flood Although it is too soon to determine the full extent of damage, the flooding could prevent farmers from harvesting thousands of acres of corn, soy and other crops. It also has destroyed miles of county roads and bridges and threatens livestock across the region.
## Environment/health ## 90% of the world's population just experienced the hottest summer on record
Alarming Level of Plastic in Children's Bodies, German Study Shows Why Indigenous Hunting Is Essential to Forest Sustainability Genetically engineered honeybees: Not the dumbest idea ever, but close to it
Lab-Made Embryos Could Save Northern White Rhinos After Last Male Dies The drought is now so severe it is biting in even the greenest corners of the country (Australia) Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse undergound fires
$1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world - report 86 tigers die three years after being confiscated from Thai Tiger Temple South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak Common pesticide makes migrating birds anorexic Toxicologists studying white-crowned sparrows have shown that these large, grayish sparrows become anorexic after eating neonicotinoid pesticides, causing them to lose weight and delay their southward journeys. The study might apply to other birds as well—and help explain the dramatic songbird decline of recent decades, researchers say. 1st case of Eastern equine encephalitis confirmed in Connecticut, health officials say Wildfires spread in the West, flash flooding forecast in Texas Amazon deforestation is driven by criminal networks, report finds
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Magnitskiy Myth Exploded Almost Entire Population Of Ecuador Has Online Data Leaked U.S. sues Snowden for violating non-disclosure agreement with new book Facebook enlists Ray-Ban to help develop 'Orion' smart glasses, a secret project underway for years Costly Saudi defenses prove no match for drones, cruise missiles Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide • War on Julian Assange The World's Most Important Political Prisoner

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Climate Science Deniers Planning European Misinformation Campaign, Leaked Documents Reveal
Attenborough documentaries 'actively mislead audiences' into thinking wildlife is doing fine, scientists warn
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What It's Like Living in One of the Hottest Cities on Earth—Where It May Soon Be Uninhabitable Why technology can't solve all of our problems As Society Unravels, the Future Is Up for Grabs
Land Without Bread: the Green New Deal forsakes America's countryside
## Japan ##
Japan considering medical aid for Iran Japan's Abe says he will meet Iran's Rouhani this month in New York Japan's elderly population hits record high Race is on to develop rice, fruit strains that are resilient to heat Toxins found in water sources near US bases in Okinawa Uniqlo to Sell Clothes Made from Plastic Bottles The problem is that making clothing or works of art from plastic trash doesn't remove it from the environment. -- RF Fukushima's Radioactive Water Crisis

## China ##
China's moves to tackle swine fever are 'ineffective,' and it may cause inflation to spike above target China's slowdown deepens in August; industrial output growth falls to 17-1/2 year low Artificial intelligence is watching China's students but how well can it really see?
The country's schools and universities have been keen adopters of AI, applying the technology in classrooms and dormitories Hong Kong protests: man seriously hurt after attack by anti-government demonstrators as street fights between rival groups erupt Solomon Islands switches recognition from Taiwan to China US whistle-blower Edward Snowden 'left Hong Kong because government resisted UN protection' China's yuan makes little progress to dethrone the US dollar as global currency, survey finds
## UK ##
UK police charge climate activist over Heathrow protest Body heat scanners used on the LA Metro are deployed in London to tackle knife crime epidemic A fifth of UK fresh food imports from areas at risk of climate chaos, MPs warn Homeless denied housing over fears they are too poor, study says Three pensioners died after ambulances took hours to arrive, inquest hears
## US ## Retail Apocalypse: 2019 Store Closures Already Surpass 2018
Light at End of Tunnel or Oncoming Train for the Goods-Based Economy? Fewer Americans Have Health Insurance: Report Victory! Individuals Can Force Government to Purge Records of Their First Amendment Activity Will Chicago Be the Largest U.S. City to Declare Bankruptcy? Biden's Brain Is Swiss Cheese And It's Creepy That We're Not Talking About It Death of Shopping Malls and Department Stores in Five Charts One in Four of New York's New Luxury Apartments Is Unsold Incentives Rule the World The truth of the matter is incentives rule the world, and if we look at some of the most pernicious and predatory areas of our socio-economic reality, including (but not limited to) the financial sector, the defense industry, intelligence agencies and healthcare, we find a slew of incentives that handsomely reward sociopathic behavior, while penalizing ethical, conscious action beneficial to society at large. Notice it's always the whistleblowers who end up imprisoned or hunted down. How much money millennials have, compared to what their parents had at the same age Police test 'Spider-Man' device as alternative to Taser
With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a "Spider-Man"-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect.

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Hyperinflation Returns to Zimbabwe, 70% Interest Rate and 230% Inflation What a Relief that the U.S. and Global Economies Are Booming Greece seeking to pay off expensive chunk of IMF debt early The US-China trade war has set in motion an unstoppable global economic transformation David Stockman on the Coming Financial Panic and the 2020 Election Peter Schiff On The Dollar's Demise: 'We've Been Living Beyond Our Means And There's Going To Be A Day Of Reckoning' QE, Monetization; Just Symptoms. What Of The Disease?
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ## Your Savings Are at Risk in the Cashless World That's Coming
That may sound like a weird, tinfoil-hat type of thing to say. But it's what's at stake in the War on Cash.
What's more, all digital currencies will go POOF! when power grids and the internet go down. Ultimately, therefore, the answer is not private cryptocurrencies, but hard assets. -- RF France and Germany agree to block Facebook's Libra
## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing Foresees Return Of The 737 MAX In November - But Not Everywhere UAE regulator not optimistic on Boeing 737 MAX return this year Crisis-hit Boeing readies huge effort to return 737 MAX to the skies
Climate-change activists' plan to disrupt Heathrow with drones frustrated 549 passengers stranded at Ipoh airport after flights to S'pore & Johor cancelled due to haze US fines Japan Airlines $300,000 over long flight delays Boeing 737 Max fallout: How an 8 a.m. nonstop turned into an evening flight with a stop Airbus Testing New System to Collect Data on Everything From Bathroom Breaks to Beer Preference It's part of the "Zero Privacy" New World Order. The better to serve you, of course. -- RF Transavia weighing passengers for better fuel calculations British Airways Begins Planning For 27th September Strike A recent criminal filing shows the golden age of air travel is definitely over "Air rage" incidents have gone up in recent years, with one disruptive episode for every 1,053 flights, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association. Using biometrics in multiple stages of the passenger's journey Gatwick to become first British airport to roll out facial recognition Once your biometrics are hacked, you're finished. There's no way to change your "password." -- RF
Passengers unable to check-in due to Ryanair systems outage How Has The San Francisco Runway Closure Affected Operations?
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Some world hot spots see possible openings in Bolton firing It just goes to show what a corrosive and destructive influence Bolton was. The whole world is saying "good riddance." Trump's next urgent task is to dump Mike "Lie, Cheat & Steal" Pompeo. -- RF Sanctions 'still in play' for Turkey over S-400, warns US diplomat A Navy Carrier Strike Group Is Deploying Without Its Broken-Down Aircraft Carrier In a first for Beijing in Europe, Serbia to receive Chinese armed drones Showdown with Beijing looms as more US lawmakers back Hong Kong democracy bill Beijing targets Haiti as bid to isolate Taiwan from its diplomatic allies heads to the Caribbean Attacks On Major Saudi Oil Installations Show Urgent Need For Peace With Yemen (MoA)
Delivery of 2nd S-400 battery parts to Turkey completed Taliban Visits Moscow Days After Trump Says Talks 'Dead' Nuclear War with Russia Winnable Said Trump's Incoming National Security Advisor With B-1 Aging and B-21 Still Years Out, Air Force May Soon Have No Go-To Bomber Israeli Attacks On Syria Halted After Russia Threatened To Shoot Down Jets As the US military prepares for a potential showdown with Russia, the Navy's explosive experts are clearing a path north
• War on Iran Trump Mulls $15 Billion Iran Bailout, May Lift Sanctions
US Media Keep Saying Iran is 'In Violation' of a Nuclear Agreement the US Withdrew From U.S. Claims It Has Evidence Iranian Tanker Delivered Oil To Syria European powers call on Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog US War Hawk Nut Case Senator Graham Responds to Saudi Refinery Attack Pompeo blames Iran for major attack on Saudi oil facility amid high regional tensions If a mouse ate Pompeo's cheese and ham sandwich, he would blame it on Iran. -- RF • War on Venezuela Shippers Afraid To Give Venezuela Tankers To Export Crude
## Migrants/refugees ##
Children not exempt from Trump's toughest asylum policy and will be turned back, officials say Q&A: MSF official on migrants' rescue efforts in Mediterranean Migrant camps in Bosnia reach boiling point Channel migrants: Arrests 'disrupt people-smuggling gang' Over 3,400 migrants reached Greece in September
Italy: Rescue boat with 82 migrants can sail to Italian isle
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters greet Trump in Baltimore after his tweets blasting city Over 70 arrested in immigration protest at Microsoft store Climate protesters arrested at Texas port during U.S. presidential debate Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump 'The situation is dire': Argentines protest over food crisis Lantern-waving Hong Kong protesters take to hills, as leader pledges housing reform
Hong Kong protesters hurl petrol bombs at government buildings in latest wave of unrest Cycle protesters demand climate change action as German motor show opens 48,000 GM UAW Workers Set to Strike Tonight, First Nationwide Strike in 12 Years
## Energy/resources ##
Oman: Forget $80 Oil, Producers Should Get Used To $60 Oil According to economists, Oman needs oil prices at around US$85 to balance its budget. The Pompeo Doctrine: How to Seize the Arctic's Resources, Now Accessible Due to Climate Change (Just Don't Mention Those Words!) Saudi Arabia cuts oil output after Houthi drone attack Saudi Arabia reportedly aims to restore one-third of lost oil output by Monday U.S. And Russia Battle It Out Over This Huge Iraqi Gas Field U.S. Shale Oil In Trouble As Production Stalls After Two Years Of Significant Growth Global spare oil capacity in U.S. hands after Saudi outage
An attack on Saudi oil facilities on Saturday is believed to have disrupted half the country's production capacity, making the United States the only real holder of the global supply cushion via its ability to raise own output or to soften sanctions against other major oil producers. This is absolutely wrong. Iran and Venezuela would be very willing to provide a cushion. Russia also has spare capacity. The opportunity for the US in this case is that by throttling Iran and other sources, habitually loss-making US shale oil might become profitable. -- RF Why Oil Giants Aren't Excited About E-Fracking
## Environment/health ##
Contaminated Drinking Water Found at 90 More Army, Guard Bases Nine states have obesity rates above 35 percent U.S. officials worried about Chinese control of American drug supply U.S. aquariums try to save Florida corals as disease spreads Depending on zoos and aquariums to save species is a lost cause because it's only a matter of time before those institutions lose funding and close. Habitat preservation is ultimately the only answer. -- RF Arctic sea ice coverage drops below 1.5M square miles for second time since 1979 UVA abandons aggressive debt collection, suspends 12 lawsuits against patients Half of people with rheumatic disease have trouble paying for treatment, study says WHO: Ebola funds not enough to fight virus through end of 2019 Congo Confirms Over 3,000 Ebola Cases and Nearly 2,000 Deaths Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump English Channel dolphins riddled with toxins Canada will not pay for people to rebuild homes in flood zones It's the most sensible course of action. Canada is being smart and cutting its losses.  -- RF Woman in coma after using face cream tainted with mercury, officials say Not Just the Bees, First-of-Its-Kind Study Shows Neonics May Be Killing Birds Too A New Paradigm for the Earth's Ecosystem: Anastassia Makarieva Speaks about the Biotic Pump in Florence On the importance of forests. -- RF Antibiotic resistance in Florida dolphins increases, study says
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## "You're Being Tracked" - Massive 30 State, Real-Time License Plate Database Revealed
Court: FBI Must Destroy Memos Calling Antiwar.com a Threat UN Report Links US, Russia, and Syria to War Crimes Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House Alabama tracking students at stadium, penalizing them if they leave football game early The DMV Is Selling Your Data To Vast Array Of Third Parties John Bolton's Dismissal (Craig Murray) Democrats Somehow Frame Bolton's Exit As A Bad Thing The Dancing Israelis: FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
As another 9/11 anniversary comes and goes, many questions surrounding the events remain unanswered. MintPress brings you a freshly updated article, originally published in May, 2019 that seeks answers to some of those questions. More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative
Evidence continues to mount that the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative of September 11, and it becomes ever more clear that the media remains committed to preventing legitimate questions about that day from receiving the scrutiny they deserve. Snowden says he hopes France will grant him asylum Even if France were to accept Snowden, it is doubtful that the French government could withstand US pressure for extradition. -- RF Trump's Taliban Talks Led by Neocon Operation Cyclone Agent & PNAC Member
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, the top American official in the negotiations, has been quietly overseeing the destruction of Afghanistan for most of his political career — longer than the Taliban has existed as an organization. The Spy Who Failed
Scott Ritter probes Oleg Smolenkov's role as a CIA asset and the use of his data by the director of the CIA to cast doubt over the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Nearly Two Out of Three Cyber Attacks Targeting SMEs; 60% of Uninsured Affected Companies Are Out of Business Within Six Months • War on Julian Assange Julian Assange To Remain Jailed After Serving Sentence
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## Latest Russian spy story looks like another elaborate media deception
The tale of Oleg Smolenkov is just the latest load of high-level BS dumped on us by intelligence agencies The article is also entertaining for all the absurdities in the story. -- RF How The BBC's Quentin Sommerville Created Fairytales Of Underground Hospitals In Syria (MoA analysis of BBC propaganda videos) Twitter restores some blocked Cuban official accounts US blames Iran for strikes on Saudi oil sites: 'Unprecedented attack on world's energy supply' White House Says Bin Laden Son Killed in US Operation None of the claims is substantiated, so there's no reason to believe the White House statement. I still maintain that father Osama bin Laden had already been dead a long time before the staged attack in a Pakistani village. Conflicting accounts and the lack of substantiating evidence cast serious doubt on the narrative. -- RF
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## A globalised solar-powered future is wholly unrealistic – and our economy is the reason why It is the logic of money that has created the utterly unsustainable and growth-hungry global society that exists today. The more one examines the details, the more evident it is that running our current civilization on renewables is pie in the sky. If we really want to save our planet — especially with such a huge population — it means we must adopt a lifestyle that seems like poverty compared to what we are accustomed to. -- RF Mnuchin says 100-year Treasury bond possible Austrian 100 Year Bond Enters Bear Market As Negative Debt Collapses Banks Seek Lower Credit Score Requirements, Targeting Over 50 Million New Subprime Borrowers Stay or go? Asian nations mull options as seas rise, cities sink
Cities are too big and humans are too numerous. Recipe for disaster. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan Inc increasingly hit by trade war, but few shifting from China: poll
Hog cholera infection detected at Japanese agriculture lab
People living on ¥1 mil a year: How do they manage? Minnesota governor says Japan can't pick up U.S.-China trade war slack The governor may be surprised to learn this, but people can only consume so much. -- RF Japanese arrested in rampant lizard smuggling Elderly people account for record 28.4% of Japanese population South Korea to exclude Japan from trade whitelist this week, report says
## China ##
China's new digital currency could encourage worldwide use of the yuan, says CEO China: De-Dollarization Bid Continues amid Trade War Coal Is Fueling China's Data Center Boom Hong Kong protesters urge former colonial power UK to stand up to China Am I the only one who sees the irony in this? -- RF European nations 'determined to stay relevant' in Asia-Pacific, South China Sea After Subsidy Cut, China's NEV Sales Dip for 2nd Straight Month
## UK ##
British supermarket Sainsbury's vows to halve plastic packaging by 2025 With glue and fake blood, climate protesters target London Fashion Week Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested on Heathrow drone protest second day Who'll Rescue Thomas Cook, the Collapsing Vacation-Travel-Airline Giant with 21,000 Employees? Surgeons are retiring early due to back problems brought on by modern surgical techniques, experts warn 25% of households at risk of homelessness are in work
## US ##
"Free Stuff" Grand Prize Leader Kamala Harris Ahead of Bernie Sanders and Warren
This is nuts. The federal budget deficit tops $1 trillion, the national debt is something like $22 trillion, and they are racing to see who can buy votes with money that isn't there. -- RF Cass Freight Index Down 9th Month "Signaling Economic Contraction"
Student Sues College After Being Told Not To Exercise His First Amendment Rights Without The School's Permission Woman took the homeless to dinner at Taco Bell. They got tossed out instead Chicago Looks for Revenue With Fewer Residents Footing Bill Bidding Wars For US Homes Collapse To Eight-Year Low
US Car Ownership Costs Surge To Record Highs, Delinquencies Soar, Trouble Ahead
California legislature bars facial recognition for police body cameras
Everlane needed to open stores because 'basically' no online-only companies are profitable, CEO says "National Emergency" - US Business Formation Goes Negative Pod People - The Future Of Housing In America's 'Sharing' Economy
Urban millennials are shelling out half their income to inhabit pods in decaying mega cities. The accommodations look like military barracks with deluxe bunk beds. -- RF From Living At Home To Forgetting About Kids: Visualizing The Economic Realities Of Young Adults In America Hand-drawn swastika found in Homeland Security office building American Privilege We're Bankrupt. Isn't That Worthy of Presidential Discussion? The California Real Estate Boom Is Over. What Now? GOP Reps return from AIPAC trip attacking BDS and implying that annexation might be the answer
And finally... Scientific proof that an idle mind is the devil's workshop Worker at New Zealand company brings clown to firing meeting

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US Federal Budget Deficit Tops $1 Trillion—With No End In Sight
Australia "Cash Back" Government Scheme Fails to Inspire Consumer Confidence
Why is India's car industry in breakdown mode? Questioning Lagarde as Gross Interest Income in Germany Heads Towards Zero Hold gold, global currency debasement looms - Blackrock ECB's Counterproductive QE: Whatever It Takes Morphs Into "As Long As It Takes" European Carmakers Face Perfect Storm The US Massively Underestimates The Trade War Blowback Billionaires hurt economic growth and should be taxed out of existence, says bestselling French economist While Piketty's plans have been popular in academia and the far left, none of his plans has been implemented by politicians. Well, that's strange. I wonder why. -- RF New Italy govt plans to lift budget deficit
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Brokerage Charles Schwab says to cut about 600 jobs
Video game retailer GameStop closing 180 to 200 stores globally CEOs Abandon Ship: Record 159 CEO Exits in August as Overall Layoffs Surge Harley Davidson to lay off 40 employees in Wisconsin Coney Island to cut 285 jobs, sell rides
BAT plans to cut 2,300 jobs by Jan 2020
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
The group overseeing Facebook's libra cryptocurrency will apply for a payments license in Switzerland France: We can't allow Facebook's Libra in Europe

## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing CEO: Global aviation regulators may not clear 737 Max to fly at the same time Cathay Pacific swings axe in response to sharp drop in passenger numbers
Heathrow drone protest: Police vow major operation to stop climate activists shutting airport Cockpit coffee spill forces commercial jet to make emergency landing
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Rocket blast at US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary
Just 5% of Europeans trust Trump, damning poll finds
Polling also finds Europeans want to stay neutral between US and Russia North Korea confirms 2nd test of multiple rocket launcher Stronger Than Ever, Taliban Vows to Fight On in Afghanistan U.S. Considering Sanctions Over Turkey's S-400 Purchase Trump Thumping Bolton is a Good Start Erdogan Breaks Silence: Says The US Sent 30,000 Truckloads Of Weapons To Syria Raytheon anticipates international boom in counterdrone sales Algerian PM to resign, paving way for vote after protracted protests U.S. officials urge caution as Solomons considers cutting Taiwan link Russian police raid offices, homes of Putin critics Russia Raps Netanyahu's Jordan Valley Plan Before Putin Meeting Duterte: China Offered Oil Project Majority To Drop Territorial Claim • War on Iran Iran again rebuffs US talk of Trump-Rouhani meeting Majid Takht-Ravanchi said a meeting could take place only if Washington ends its "economic terrorism" by lifting all of its sanctions against Tehran. Retired military leaders sign letter urging Congress to bar 'unauthorized' war with Iran
## Migrants/refugees ##
Mexico sees decrease in U.S.-bound immigration from Central America Supreme Court Overrules California Judge; Grants Asylum Restrictions At Southern Border
More than 300 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa after anti-immigrant attacks El Salvador sends hundreds of police to border to thwart migrants Mexico pushes back after top U.S. court favors Trump on shunning migrants
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Heathrow drone protests: Climate activists arrested over plot to shut down London's busiest airport Anti-ICE Activists Are Marching on Jeff Bezos' Home to Protest Amazon's Role in 'Fueling Trump's Deportation Force'
Thousands demand justice for slain protesters in Sudan The French city zones where police rarely escape unscathed Eco-protesters fight Moscow's attempt to 'trash' Russia's north Hong Kong protesters vandalize the city's subway amid rumours that three protesters are 'missing' Trump visit draws protesters, supporters to Baltimore
Protesters plan to gather outside telescope backer's California home

## Energy/resources ##
Challenges to making California's grid renewable USGC: Ethanol is fastest growing US agricultural export I can't believe anyone buys this crap. As I've observed, all it accomplishes is shoving around piles of money: GDP and trade statistics go up, so Mission Accomplished! But it does nothing to sustain industrial society. -- RF Air conditioning for all? Hotter world faces risk of 'cooling poverty' "By the end of the century, global energy demand for cooling will be more than it is for heating," said Radhika Khosla, who leads an Oxford Martin School program on future cooling. But not everyone will be able to afford to beat the heat. By the end of the century, if anyone has space cooling at all, it will be limited to a few elites. -- RF Staying fit preserves brain structure, improves function, study says
New research suggests that staying in good shape may help preserve brain  structure, boost memory, and improve the ability to think clearly and quickly. Brits Indebted On False Solar Promises Shale Boom Cools As Employment In Oil And Gas Jobs Tumbles
## Got food? ##
No more burgers and coke? Climate fears hit meat, drink sales

## Environment/health ##
Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health? 15 million people worldwide may have died by suicide with pesticides As 9/11 health problems mount, an uncertain future for students in lower Manhattan Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes amid outbreak of vaping-related deaths Sick care: This Is Why So Many Americans Are Deathly Afraid Of Going To The Hospital… Another Surge in CPI Medical Care Costs (US)
The cost of medical care services jumped 0.9% in August and is up 4.3% from a year ago.
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## The 3 major security threats to AI
Adversarial examples, trojans and model conversion Hundreds arrested worldwide in cyber scam crackdown Email wire fraud is so simple for criminals to pull off, it's cost companies $26 billion since 2016, says FBI U.S. social media firms to testify on violent, extremist online content Democratic Think Tank Center for American Progress Isn't Fooling Anybody We are all hostages of 9/11 (Pepe Escobar)
After years of reporting on the Global War on Terror, many questions behind the US attacks remain unresolved More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative
Evidence continues to mount that the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative of September 11, and it becomes ever more clear that the media remains committed to preventing legitimate questions about that day from receiving the scrutiny they deserve. Why 9/11 matters in 2019 FBI Finally Agrees To Name Saudi Official Who Helped 9/11 Attackers Facebook Knows When You're Boffing Thanks To App Used By Millions Of Women • War on Julian Assange Is Orwell's Ministry of Truth Alive? Why Don't We Hear Much About Julian Assange?
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
UK Security Services Neutralized Country's Leading Liberal Newspaper
The Guardian has been successfully deterred from producing its former adversarial reporting on the "security state"
The Angry Arab: Hyping the Arab-Iran Conflict
Numerous Middle East conflicts that undermine U.S. and Israeli propaganda are getting ignored by Western media even as they tear the region apart. Twitter blocks accounts of Raul Castro and Cuban state-run media
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## What Is Energy Denial? What follows are "The 15 Unstated Myths of Clean, Renewable Energy". Many are so absurd that no one would utter them, yet they are ensconced within the assumption that massive production of solar and wind energy can be "clean".
A must-read article, especially for "clean energy" advocates. There is no free lunch. -- RF Egypt to start work on $2.4-billion telecom network for first phase of new capital city Another new capital city! When will they ever learn? -- RF It's Not a Mystery Why America's Biggest Cities Are Losing Population Our Energy and Debt Predicament in 2019 The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy

## Japan ##
Japan's GDP shrinks 0.5% in July: JCER Disputing Koizumi, new industry minister calls no-nuclear power policy 'unrealistic'
Narita fuel pipeline expected to go back online Thursday night at the earliest
## China ##
Chinese Auto Sales Crash For The 14th Time In 15 Months, Falling 9.9% Global population decline will hit China hard It's just more hysterical hair-pulling over something which should instead be an encouraging sign. -- RF Ahead of trade talks, China makes biggest U.S. soybean purchases since June - traders • War on Huawei U.S. flags Huawei 5G network security concerns to Gulf allies

## UK ##
Plastic alternatives may worsen marine pollution, MPs warn Police warn Heathrow activists against Friday drone disruption plan Protesters vow to go ahead with Heathrow disruption despite arrests National Grid paid senior staff to leave before UK's worst blackout

## US ## Budget deficit smashes $1 trillion mark, the highest in seven years Dear Mr. President, why is it a good thing if a 10-year Treasury note is worth less than a bag of dirt?
Economists don't think Trump grasps that negative rates are a sign of economic weakness The Inevitable Bursting of Our Bubble Economy Trump says Fed 'boneheads' should cut interest rates to zero 'or less,' US should refinance debt
Census: Number of Americans without health insurance increased in 2018 Men's "Real" Earnings Below 1973 Level: Census Bureau
Top 20% households made out like bandits, bottom 40% got crushed. U.S. wants tribes' lawsuit blocking Keystone pipeline dismissed It now costs $350,000 a year to live a middle-class lifestyle in a big city—here's a sad breakdown of why Medical Debt is Crushing Many Americans. Is the Health Care System on the Verge of Collapse? 60 Percent Of Americans Believe A Recession Is Coming – But Consumers Continue To Pile Up Debt At A Frightening Pace States hit electric vehicle owners with high fees, Consumer Reports says Electric vehicle owners in some states are paying higher annual fees for driving zero-emissions cars than their gas-guzzling friends, according to new analysis by Consumer Reports. "Core" Inflation Rises Most Since Sep 2008, Powered by Services and Now Even the Peculiar Case of Durable Goods The Bill of Rights Turns 230, and What Do We Have to Show for It? Nothing Good The Suicide Rate In The U.S. Has Hit The Highest Level In 50 Years, And There Is Concern That It Will Go Much Higher
Lawmakers want to give Americans back their right to sue companies Used-Car Market Profits from Carmageddon. For Many Americans, New Cars Cost Too Much Trump White House hasn't held a traditional press briefing in 6 months New California "Gig Economy" Law Could Crush Uber's Already Wildly Unprofitable Business Model
And finally... Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane to Cure 'Drunkenness and Fornication'

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Cash crunch will worsen India's bad loans mess, already the worst in the world Germany considers 'shadow budget' to circumvent national debt rules - sources Questioning Lagarde as Gross Interest Income in Germany Heads Towards Zero Moody's downgrades Ford credit rating to junk status Russia's gold stash now worth more than $100 billion Air cargo volumes remain weak, trade tensions dent outlook Mobile phone argument forces Canberra QantasLink flight to land
Gold will be the last man standing in a currency war Peter Schiff: China, Russia buying gold because 'they can read the writing on the wall'
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Uber cuts 435 more employees

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Global money-laundering watchdog closely monitoring Facebook's Libra, official says

## Airline death spiral ##
British Airways pilots ground planes in unprecedented 48-hour strike 13,000 passengers stranded for days after French airline declares bankruptcy Chinese carriers hit turbulence in first half Heathrow airport says it aims to stay open during drone disruption Boeing plane deliveries down 72% in August as MAX grounding weighs Passengers injured as severe turbulence hits Eurowings flight in Germany
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China Defies Trump on Iran Big time with $400 bn Belt-and-Road Investment, 5000 Security Personnel Trump says as far as he is concerned, Afghanistan talks are dead U.S. military likely to ramp up operations against Taliban: U.S. general Lebanon's Hezbollah says downs Israeli drone Aerospace Sales To China Rise; Defense Exports To World Drop: AIA (US) South Korea military says North launches 2 projectiles The Establishment is Changing its Tune on Russia
Russophobic rhetoric persists in Washington, but a counter-argument is emerging. France says 'time has come' to ease tensions with Russia Netanyahu proposes to annex Jordan Valley if reelected Trump Fires Yosemite Sam • War on Iran Israeli PM Claims He Discovered Iran Nuclear Site, But No Evidence Exists That's because it's Israel that has the secret nuclear weapons arsenal. -- RF Bolton's departure shows failure of U.S. 'maximum pressure' against Iran: Rouhani adviser "John Bolton had promised months ago that Iran would last for another three months. We are still standing and he is gone," Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Twitter.
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Mass protest in Santiago against abuses of Pinochet era
## Energy/resources ## Another Lone Genius Saves the World with his Invention: How Naive can People be? The Shale Boom Has Turned To Bust: Producers Slashing Budgets, Staff, & Production Goals
Thousands complain about solar panels (UK)
Thousands of people who bought solar panels have complained to a financial watchdog that they are not bringing them the returns they were promised.
US wants energy dominance regardless of what happens to oil prices, deputy energy secretary says His explanation of "energy dominance" sounds nonsensical to me. But you be the judge. -- RF Saudi Arabia flags plan to enrich uranium as U.S. seeks nuclear pact Russia Considers Possibility Of $25 Oil Next Year
## Got food? ##
Manila confirms African swine fever, pigs culled China's pork prices surge 47% in August amid swine fever outbreak
## Environment/health ##
As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open nearly 200 power plants Australia launches emergency relocation of fish as largest river system faces collapse Magnetite pollution nanoparticles in the human brain International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space Plan for fish farm off Florida's Gulf Coast raises environmental concerns Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions Fifth straight year of bird die-off in Alaska waters linked to starvation Plastic Apocalypse: Dangerous Microplastics Now Turning Up In Human Stool 'It is time to stop vaping': Kansas reports sixth U.S. death linked to mystery illness Temperatures In The Pacific Ocean Have Shot Up To Dangerous Levels, And Scientists Are Blaming A "Strange Anomaly"
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Mugabe and the Continuing White Supremacist Narrative Adelsons Told Police Sara Netanyahu Is 'Crazy' and 'Decides Everything' (Haaretz)
New details from the billionaire couple's testimony in the prime minister's corruption case, reported by Channel 13, include shock and dismay over his wife's behavior Australian Internet Providers Ordered to Block Eight Sites Found Hosting Christchurch Footage Facebook defends tracking your every move — even if the app isn't on Russia's ruling party loses a third of seats in Moscow election after protests Bill Gates: I met with Jeffrey Epstein because 'he knows a lot of rich people' • Oleg Smolenkov Pulp Fiction Media (Automatic Earth) Obama And Brennan Burned A Very Useful Spy And Now CNN Outs Him (MoA)
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
A Small Reminder Of The Lower-Than-Zero Value Of Partisan 'Analysts' AFP joins BBC initiative to fight misinformation 10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: watchdog
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse A good read. The main points are set out concisely. -- RF
How Deep Is the Rot in America's Institutions?
Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall. Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances Singapore plans a subterranean future
In the small island state, more space is needed as the population continues to grow You can find underground shopping malls in the big cities of Japan. It just shows that there are too many people. -- RF Power Outage For Federal Court Computer System Screws Up Three Months Worth Of Job Applications?!? As The NFL Season Begins, The Social Decay In NFL Cities Is Worse Than Ever Here Are Photos of Some of the Dilapidated Equipment San Francisco Wants to Buy from Bankrupt PG&E for $2.5 billion PG&E is headquartered in San Francisco, but it no longer has a lot of friends here. Power outages, sometimes lasting for hours, are fairly common. I have never lived in a city where they were as common as those I have experienced in San Francisco. I strongly advise readers to place pillows under their jaws before viewing the photos. -- RF
## Japan ##
Japan downgrades second-quarter GDP as trade war dulls business investment Kuroda says cutting rates 'further into negative' an option Japanese Minister: Radioactive Fukushima Water Could Be Dumped Into The Pacific Samurai, Ninja loans boom as Japan banks hunt for yield
## China ## China adds 100 tons of gold to its reserves in just 9 months
The Road Toward Creating the World's Biggest Carbon Market
China's Internet Industry Causing 'Significant' Carbon Emissions Confusion clouds China's social credit system New Questions on Chinese GDP and Solvency as SOE's Told to "Pay Bills on Time" Hong Kong leader: U.S. involvement "unnecessary" and "inappropriate" The NED Strikes Again: How Neocon Money is Funding the Hong Kong Protests
The West has more to do with the Hong Kong protest movement than  it would like us to know. It's the ugly face of Washington's long-standing foreign policy directed at destabilizing one of its long-standing economic foes: China. China opens soymeal market to No. 1 exporter Argentina in 'historic' deal • War on Huawei U.S. charges Chinese professor in latest shot at Huawei Huawei drops one of its lawsuits against the US after its seized equipment was returned Australian cyber officials warned India against using Huawei: newspapers
## UK ##
UK retail footfall dips further as shoppers shun high street Britain foiled 22 attacks since March 2017, top counter-terrorism officer says UK fears crisis as 11.5 million get potentially addictive drugs UK power grid, train systems need review after August blackout - grid operator Mother Earth's MeToo moment: English town joins campaign for 'nature's rights'
## US ## Real US debt levels could be 2,000% of economy, a Wall Street report suggests
Total U.S. debt including all forms of government, state, local, financial and entitlement liabilities comes close to 2,000% of GDP, according to AB Bernstein.
Families Go Deep in Debt to Stay Middle Class: Revolving Credit Jumps 11.2% NOAA's chief scientist wants probe into agency backing of Trump on Dorian Latest Trade War Casualties: More Than 10,000 Layoffs in August Illinois' Record $47 Billion Loss Ignored By Mainstream Media. Why? Southern U.S. states have closed 1,200 polling places in recent years: rights group 70 Percent of Americans Say Arms Sales Make US Less Safe
A recent Chicago Council survey shows the Trump administration out of step with public opinion. Good riddance: Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they 'disagreed strongly' Trump Prepares 'Apology Package' For Disgruntled Farmers The Majority of Americans Hate BOTH Parties More people wake up to the reality that the two-party system is actually a China-style one-party system. -- RF Ahead of election year, more Americans lack health insurance, incomes stall Around 4,500 truck drivers lost their jobs in August as the trucking 'bloodbath' rages on

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