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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Report: Pandemic's U.S. economic hit could last 11 years, cost $8 trillion
Argentina extends deadline of debt negotiations, may sweeten offer Moody's cuts India's rating to lowest investment grade with negative outlook India Lenders' Woes May Be Worse Than Thought, Moody's Says International Tourist Arrivals & Spending in Tourism-Dependent Spain Collapsed to "Zero" in April. May Likely Similar

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
What is China's new digital currency all about?

## Airline death spiral ##
Ryanair must face U.S. shareholder lawsuit over unionization comments
Southwest offers buyout packages, temporary leaves to 'ensure survival' Government watchdog: Airport fever screenings for coronavirus raise racial discrimination, privacy concerns
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pandemic Hits Navy's New Nuke Submarine Program New Russian policy allows use of atomic weapons against non-nuclear strike The new expanded wording reflects Russian concerns about the development of prospective weapons that could give Washington the capability to knock out key military assets and government facilities without resorting to atomic weapons. Trump administration sanctions 4 companies for Venezuelan oil ties Hope for prisoner swap fades as US deports Iranian scientist, but no Americans freed
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Confederate monuments toppled, burned as protests over George Floyd's death continue
George Floyd protests rage for seventh night
2 New York officers struck by vehicle during George Floyd protests in Buffalo 'Like a civil war': how the world is reacting to the US protests Protests defy curfews across U.S.; 700 rioters arrested in NYC Protesters in Sydney call for change in race relations
## Energy/resources ##
Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA
Bill Gates And Big Oil Are Chasing The Nuclear Fusion Dream Beware: As with nuclear fission, all we hear about during the promotion phase is how wonderful it is, and how we're going to have lots of cheap (or even free) energy. But everything comes with a cost. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
DRC declares 2nd Ebola outbreak Lockdown yields first global sound map of spring dawn chorus
Scientists and artists take advantage of low noise levels to record birdsong around world
• Coronavirus Pangolin, bat role in coronavirus path to humans remains unclear At least 3 feet of social distancing likely reduces COVID-19 spread, study confirms As protests sweep nation, research finds social distancing most effective at slowing coronavirus spread
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## Julian Assange 'too ill' to attend latest court hearing in US extradition case
Supporter says Wikileaks founder is suffering from an 'underlying lung condition'
Riot or Resistance: Media Framing Shapes Public View 'Hunt them down': Twitter adds warning label to Gaetz's tweet, saying it glorifies violence Why Wasn't Netanyahu Ever Indicted in the US? Civil rights leaders say they're 'disappointed and stunned' after call with Facebook's Zuckerberg and Sandberg Advocacy group sues to block Trump social media executive order
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Truth Is What We Hide, Cover Stories Are What We Sell
The fact that self-serving cover stories are now the norm is making it difficult to love our servitude with the slavish devotion demanded of us. Many US Journalists Arrested After New York Times Falsely Claims That Doesn't Happen In America Trump Clears Out Peaceful Protest for Bible Photo-Op
Trump Calls Up Military For 'Law And Order' Campaign Stunt
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## The economics of America's civil unrest
High consumption and low savings helped set the stage for the explosion of violence across America
This Is Not a Revolution. It's a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation

## Japan ##
Japan OKs saliva-based tests for coronavirus detection; 34 new cases reported in Tokyo
37 new coronavirus cases reported in Japan After Reality Star's Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate
April tax revenues see biggest monthly drop in over a decade

## China ##
China may be using weak soybean demand and adequate supply as an opportunity to halt U.S. imports Hong Kong security law: China weighs risk US will go for 'nuclear option' and cut Beijing from the dollar payment system Landmark year for China-Japan ties turns sour as Beijing and Washington clash
Chinese Government To Monitor Renewable Energy Targets
## UK ##
Thousands of London tenants refuse to pay rent amid coronavirus crisis Iraq war: All but one war crimes claim against British soldiers dropped House prices see largest monthly fall for 11 years, says Nationwide
UK records almost 62,000 excess deaths during pandemic: ONS official UK households, locked down in April, cut debts by most on record Britain puts forward its own emissions trading system to replace EU's
## US ## Coronavirus will have long-lasting effects on US economy for next decade, CBO says
Police used tear gas, pushed back peaceful protesters for Trump church visit
'Some of his tweets have not been helpful': GOP senators criticize Trump's Floyd protest rhetoric U.S. ups National Guard forces to quell D.C. unrest, readies active duty troops Esper Calls on States to 'Dominate the Battlespace,' Trump Deploying 'Heavily Armed' Troops in DC In a country which is supposed to be government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we see an ironic situation in which it's the people vs the government. -- RF Pentagon Says It Doesn't Want Active Duty Troops Putting Down Protests
The HASC chair today said SecDef Esper's comments Monday are "deeply concerning in terms of how the US military is used for domestic law enforcement" and "drives home the message that this is a war, this is a battlespace, let's go fight." Trump considering a move to invoke Insurrection Act Presumably the idea is to quash the protests and riots but do nothing to eliminate the causes. -- RF These 4 charts describe police violence in America With Militarization of Cops on Full Display, Senator Plans Amendment to End Transfer of Military Equipment to Local Police Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes
Hidden in the New House Coronavirus Relief Bill: Billions for Defense Contractors
A section of the HEROES Act championed by Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly would cover executive compensation and other perks for defense and intel contractors. The legislation's wording mirrors what an industry group proposed. Pandering Biden Stumbles Again; Says Cops Could Shoot 'Unarmed People With Knives' In Leg Instead Of Heart • Coronavirus 27% unlikely to be vaccinated against the coronavirus; Republicans, conservatives especially: POLL 'A national disgrace': 40,600 deaths tied to US nursing homes

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

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[l] at 6/1/20 5:58pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Asia's factory pain worsens as China's recovery fails to lift demand Coronavirus: Poor countries face debt crisis 'unlike anything we have seen'
## Airline death spiral ##
Airlines ramp up infection preventive measures (Japan) Argentina flag carrier Aerolineas seeks to suspend workers' contracts
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S.-Japan dueling China for influence in Indo-Pacific region US May Deploy Forces to Tunisia to Counter Russia in Libya Lawyers of George Floyd Family to Open UN Human Rights Case, Seek Sanctions Against US
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Trump taken to underground bunker as protests grew outside White House: Reports There comes a time when leaders fear their own people and hide from them. It's an old story. -- RF Protests over death of George Floyd turn violent again despite curfews, National Guard At least 50 Secret Service agents injured by rioters Dozens protest at U.S. embassy in Paris in solidarity with George Floyd
## Energy/resources ##
The World Has Too Many Oil Refineries
Russia Is Quickly Becoming The Most Dominant Force In Energy Iran Ready To Send More Fuel To Crisis-Stricken Venezuela
## Environment/health ##
EPA Likely to Approve Mine That Threatens Alaska's Largest Salmon Hatchery
• Coronavirus Global report: Wuhan reports no asymptomatic cases for first time
Having high blood pressure may make coronavirus more dangerous WHO says coronavirus isn't losing potency: 'This is still a killer virus' Russia to roll out its first approved COVID-19 drug next week "A W-Shaped Epidemic Is Now Emerging As Our Expected Case Forecast"
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Racist Killing and Impunity (Craig Murray) Mossad chief secretly visits Egypt to discuss West Bank annexation Contact Tracing: Laying the Foundation for Real-Time Social Tracking Italy launches COVID-19 contact-tracing app amid privacy concerns
Facebook's Zuckerberg faces employee backlash over Trump protest comments Facebook employees accusing Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg of inadequately policing U.S. President Donald Trump's posts took to Twitter to praise the rival social media platform for acting and rebuke their own employer. UK puts forward its own 'Emissions Trading System' to replace EU's
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
National Security "Experts" Blame Russia for the George Floyd Protests
The latest instance of American social disharmony being blamed on Moscow is part of a long tradition, where some see an invisible Russian hand whenever it is useful. Susan Rice Goes Full Conspiracy Rant On CNN: 'Russians Behind Race Protest Mayhem!'

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## We're Living the Founding Fathers' Nightmare: America Is Corrupt to the Core
Our ruling elites, devoid of leadership, are little more than the scum of self-interested, greedy grifters who rose to the top of America's foul-smelling stew of corruption.
We're in the Thick of It Now – What Happens Next?
## Japan ##
Japan to further exclude Chinese telecom gear Govt. asks public to stay alert after cases surge Medical waste disposal workers brave infection, heatstroke Coronavirus antibody tests begin in Tokyo
## China ##
In a post-coronavirus world, China looks set to grow while the rest of the world contracts China finds manufacturing opportunities in low-wage Africa
Hong Kong police ban annual Tiananmen vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 measures China home-built aircraft carrier tests weapons at sea World's Top Solar Panel Producer Opens New Mega Factory China asks state firms to halt purchases of U.S. soybeans, pork, sources say
## UK ##
UK government must give direct support to manufacturing, says Make UK Coronavirus: Test and trace initially scrapped because system could handle just five cases a week George Floyd death: Thousands join UK protests Climate activists stage protest at oilfield in southern England
UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises to 39,045
## US ##
Officials blame 'out-of-state' agitators but those at the heart of protests are homegrown Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious with neck restraints in five years
Open season on the free press: Journalists targeted in attacks as U.S. protests rage Tanker truck drives into protesters as U.S. cities fear another night of violent protests Nearly a third of states have activated the National Guard to assist local police response to unrest 'Most of you are weak': Trump rails at the nation's governors, urges crackdown on violence Using blunt language, Trump said that "radicals" and "anarchists" are behind the unrest, and he urged governors to crack down on them. Blaming the problem on "radicals" and "anarchists" is an attempt to deflect attention from the very real popular discontent with the racist, winner-take-all socioeconomic system and the Trump regime. Trump urges a hard crackdown because that is seen as the way to quash the threat to the status quo and to prop up a crumbling system. -- RF Survey: US factories sink in May for third straight month
American factories contracted for the third straight month in May as they continued to sustain economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic The coronavirus will cost the economy nearly $8 trillion, Congressional Budget Office says States, cities plead for virus aid as Congress faces crises Retailers already hit by coronavirus board up as U.S. protests rage

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[l] at 5/31/20 5:12pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Chile, Peru secure credit lines from IMF amid pandemic
Mass unemployment the new normal in SE Asia
Europe's social welfare net shows signs of wear from virus U.S. money market funds waive fees to stave off negative returns Warning: U.S. Economic Depression, Precious Metals Bull Market U.S.-China tensions are expected to rise and increasingly weigh on the technology sector Virus-battered Italy faces worst recession since WWII Spain govt okays basic income scheme to tackle poverty "The Largest Ever Physical Transfer Of Gold" Virus Has Sparked Round-the-Clock Rush to Fill U.S. Gold Vaults

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Renault to cut 14,600 jobs as part of €2bn cost-saving plan
## Airline death spiral ##
Edging closer to bailout, Lufthansa accepts tweaked demands by Brussels
Southwest Airlines CEO sees low-fare environment when traffic returns Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts A crash landing for global air transport firms
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## Russian Jets Intercept US Bombers Over Black and Baltic Seas
Lapid warns of "Civil War" as Netanyahu Accuses Courts of Conspiracy and Pledges to Steal 1/3 of Palestine What's NATO Up to These Days? Provoking Russia, Draining Healthcare Budgets and Protecting Its Own from COVID Trump Announces New Measures Against China Trump reportedly 'furious' that Germany's Angela Merkel turned down his G7 Summit invitation over coronavirus concerns US presses and pushes allies into New Cold War
Trump's punitive measures on Hong Kong are part of wider drive to force nations to take superpower sides
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
George Floyd protests intensify across US, from Atlanta to Indianapolis to Milwaukee Minnesota governor orders full Guard mobilization, asks Pentagon for additional help with civil unrest At least 35 detained at Moscow opposition protest There Will Be A Lot More Rioting, Looting And Civil Unrest As The U.S. Economy Continues To Crumble Protesters converge on White House for second straight day Chinese state media says US demonstrations are 'beautiful' as it hits back at American support for Hong Kong protests
State media uses clashes to target [American] politicians who expressed support for Hong Kong's anti-government demonstrations
'I can't breathe' protests heat up as curfews imposed in several U.S. cities Thousands Protest Mass Renault Job Cuts Hundreds of protesters rally in London, Berlin over U.S. death
## Energy/resources ##
Shutting Down Oil Wells, a Risky and Expensive Option
U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer warns of coming job cuts Labor Helps Obama Energy Secretary Push and Profit from 'Net Zero' Fossil Fuels COVID Infects World Nuclear Plants Like meat packing plants, the novel Corona virus is infecting workers in nuclear power plants around the world. The danger is too high to imagine. A Nightmare Scenario For Offshore Oil
## Got food? ## School lunch programs are losing millions feeding hungry kids; they could be broke by fall (US) 'People are going to go hungry': pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food
Demand for aid at food banks has soared since coronavirus has forced the economy to close and resulted in millions out of work Locust invasion wreaks havoc on Pakistan's crops, orchards
Sadistic or Crazy? Trump is cutting Food Stamps in the Midst of Pandemic Depression US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high Restaurants face new reality of fewer customers, food shortages and rising costs
Farmers warn of food price rises after warmest May in decades (UK) Every Single Worker Has Covid at One U.S. Farm on Eve of Harvest
## Environment/health ##
We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold'
Developing system could be earliest 3rd tropical storm on record When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature Bald Eagle Nest With Eggs Spotted in Cape Cod for First Time Since 1905 Divert weapons funding to research to prevent next pandemic, pope says Overdose Deaths Have Skyrocketed in Chicago, and the Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Making It Worse COVID-19: Trump Quits the World Health Organization; the Victim is the United States • Coronavirus Brazil, Mexico coronavirus deaths, cases climbing exponentially Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France Russia Struggles to Keep up in Race for Virus Vaccine Russia says coronavirus infections pass 400,000

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## "Deadly Exchange": America's Racist Policing Has Roots in Israel
During training sessions in Israel, American police delegations meet with Israeli military, police, and intelligence agencies and taught what Israel calls counterterrorism, but is in fact no more than "refining methods of racial profiling."
Zoom plans to roll out strong encryption for paying customers With the Justice Department and some members of Congress condemning strong encryption, Zoom could draw unwanted new attention through a major expansion in that area, privacy experts said. Virus Tracing Apps: Which Countries Are Doing What Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange's un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Fascists Impersonate Climate Group to Say Coronavirus is Good for Earth
Trump says he'll designate antifa a terror organization, blames group for violence at George Floyd protests Blame someone else for your own policy failures. Blame the Russians. Blame the Chinese. Blame Antifa. -- RF
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
This is a Full Societal Breakdown
As The World Burns: Personal safety & security are quickly becoming more important in this era of growing social rage This Is How Systems Collapse For those who would argue we're nowhere near collapse, consider that over 20% of the Federal Reserve's $2 trillion spew of free money went directly into the pockets of America's billionaires. And the hoi polloi get what Patty shot at. The really large-scale rioting is yet to come. -- RF
## Japan ##
A $2 Trillion Debt Deluge Is Set to Flatten Japan's Yield Curve
Japan fears Korean-style second wave of coronavirus Japan's new working visa falls far short of expectations in 1st year Nuclear regulators' Fukushima crisis probe hit by coronavirus Aomori's Rokkasho nuclear plant gets green light but hurdles remain Japan's low unemployment rate conceals deeper labor market pain Japan to Toughen Regulations on Abusive Online Posts 14 new infections fail to trigger 'Tokyo Alert' for second wave
## China ##
China to restrict expansion of solar equipment producers
Beijing sees Trump's hand and won't fold
With Sinophobic hysteria reaching new heights in US, Beijing's counter play is a massive new economic plan Nearly half of China's cinemas in danger of permanently closing due to pandemic China eyes 'diversified' relations as US becomes increasingly hostile, Beijing economic adviser says
China building secure facilities to fast track coronavirus vaccine production China's Government-Backed Digital Currency, Explained
## UK ## British municipalities invest billions in Israeli occupation
Local government pension schemes in England and Wales have almost $3 billion invested in companies complicit with Israel's crimes against Palestinians. New UK Laws Could Criminalize Journalism
The British government is pursuing "espionage legislation" that could criminalise the release of public information as part of an "epidemic of secrecy." UK car sales set to surge as showrooms reopen, but demand will fade quickly
After an initial flurry, buyers are likely to fall away, spelling trouble for more than half a million workers in the auto industry
Britain to launch big stimulus package before summer - FT UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises by 215 to 38,376 Third British scientist warns over rush to lift lockdown 'Something to hide': UK government accused over Covid-19 tests
## US ## Media Elite Denounce Looting Even as Billionaires Reap Record Profits from Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts
A mountain of studies on wealth inequality have shown its corrosive effect on social cohesion, with the more unequal a society gets, the less likely people are to see themselves as participants in a community and view others as a threat. GDPNow Forecast is Negative 51.2 Percent U.S. Debt Crisis Comes into View as Fed's Balance Sheet Explodes Past $7 Trillion Unrest flares in U.S. cities despite arrest of Minneapolis policeman Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd's killers tied to 'white power'-linked biker gang Maybe We Should Stop Giving the Minneapolis Police Military Equipment Pentagon Prepares Military Police for Minneapolis Deployment as Protests Over George Floyd's Murder Continue 5,000 National Guard troops in 15 states and DC activated to help quell growing civil unrest Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis A Growing Wave of Bankruptcies Threatens U.S. Recovery Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis 24 Hour Fitness reportedly preparing for bankruptcy filing Dealers warn buyers: Get your new car before they're gone, supply vanishing Poll: Most Americans say economy is in a recession or depression Nearly Half of Small Business Owners Expect to Close Down Permanently US Employment News: Google Cancels Job Offers To More Than 2,000 Workers
Millions of Americans Are Wiping Out Their Retirement in the COVID-19 Recession • Coronavirus Saturated hospitals, airlifts as California border region virus cases surge Coronavirus was already spreading in U.S. in January: Study DC mayor: We have to be concerned about virus rebound
Government leaders in the U.S. are warning that the massive protests following the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis could fuel a new surge in coronavirus cases Pandemic historian: Don't rush reopening. In 1918, some states ran straight into more death.

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[l] at 5/29/20 5:57pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
First the Deflationary Deluge of Assets Crashing, Then the Tsunami of Inflation US Gold Confiscation Would Be Folly (Egon von Greyerz) Global Ad Spending Plunges As Hopes For V-shaped Recovery Fade
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
ViacomCBS slashes up to 400 jobs as part of merger restructuring: source

## Airline death spiral ##
Airlines increase job cuts as pandemic crushes air travel Ryanair's Lauda airline shuts down Vienna base United Airlines cutting 13 top jobs under fresh restructuring
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
EU not in mood to follow Donald Trump into China conflict over Hong Kong national security law US Destroyer Sails Near China-Claimed Islands, Adding to Mounting Tensions
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests, violence continue in Minneapolis, New York City, other US cities following George Floyd's death
Minnesota calls in National Guard to quell unrest over black man's death in police custody 'Make the rich pay for Covid-19': Effigies of Dominic Cummings and Sir Richard Branson hung from Salford bridge 'A riot is the language of the unheard': MLK's powerful quote resonates amid George Floyd protests 7 shot during protests in Louisville, police say

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Shale Is Living Beyond Its Means Uber sends thousands of electric bikes and scooters to the scrapheap after Lime deal
## Got food? ##
Los Angeles union, joined by 'Pandemic Pig,' demands meatpacking plant closure
Tyson Foods will shut U.S. pork plant as more workers catch COVID-19 Rebuilding America: Will grocery shopping ever be the same after the pandemic?
## Environment/health ##
U.N. delays crucial climate summit for a year, cites pandemic More patients turning to medical marijuana for arthritis pain Gold mining with mercury threatens health of communities miles downstream Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization over virus Heat wave scorches parts of U.S. and India; Siberia experiences record high temperatures A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world • Coronavirus Game-changer: Hydroxychloroquine worsens odds for cancer patients with COVID-19 Virus count revised, new clusters emerge as France reopens Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans
A team of scientists studying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic, found that it was especially well-suited to jump from animals to humans by shapeshifting as it gained the ability to infect human cells.
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Ex-Green Beret flew on Venezuelan businessman's plane before failed Maduro coup
Arizona alleges Google tracked users even if feature was turned off Trump tweet intimating military will fire on 'looters' in Minnesota sparks another warning from Twitter US joins G7 AI alliance to counter China's influence West claims that only China will "twist" technology for malign purposes. -- RF New Zealand Government Seeking To Expand Its Internet Censorship Powers
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Report says rural infrastructure crumbling; S.C. has highest death rate on roads Begun The Civil Wars Of 2020 Have
11 Nations that Collapsed because of Drought
## Japan ## Pandemic hit to Japan's factory, retail sectors deeper than expected; jobless rate up to 2.6% Largest plunge in job postings ever in Japan amid pandemic Second wave of infections may be emerging in Japan
SoftBank Vision Fund head's pay doubled last year despite massive losses Front-line health care workers in Japan face discrimination over coronavirus Japan Doubles Down to Deliver World's 'Biggest' Stimulus Package

## China ##
Focus on US as main opponent, says China military strategist Chinese Legislator Proposes Canceling English Translation at Press Events Beijing to Crack Down on 'Problematic' Maps of China, Again
China says Canada is an accomplice of U.S. in Huawei case
## UK ## UK manufacturers planning tens of thousands of redundancies
Orders in the manufacturing sector have declined sharply in recent weeks. Photograph: Alamy
Britain's manufacturers are poised to make tens of thousands of workers redundant after a worse-than-expected slump in orders, prompted by the pandemic that has left many firms struggling to survive.

UK seeks alliance to avoid reliance on Chinese tech: The Times British car industry produced just 197 cars last month Debenhams cuts more than 1,000 head office and service jobs UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises 324 to 38,161 The Price of Boris Johnson – Britain's Covid-19 Debacle
Alexander Mercouris takes us through the blow-by-blow of the first four months of the crisis in Britain, and it's not a pretty picture. Half of Britain is broke – and the other half is richer than ever
Let's Move On From Boris If a politician tells you to "move on" from a subject, it is a gigantic red flag that you should do precisely the opposite.
## US ##
Trump signs order to 'defend free speech' on social media Emergency health transport can carry surprise big bills CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests Trump orders his administration to begin eliminating Hong Kong privileges Expect more shocking economic data in the week ahead with the unemployment rate set to near 20% US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus U.S. savings rate hits record 33% as coronavirus causes Americans to stockpile cash, curb spending Why the Lesser-Evil Argument for Biden Sounds Hollow
Lesser evilism focuses on the candidates' relative merits and depravities. But younger voters increasingly see that as misdirection. The two evil candidates reflect the depravities of the same evil plutocratic system. • Coronavirus Thousands crossing US-Mexico border despite nonessential travel ban, COVID-19 threat Newsweek Fails to Note That White House Reopening Guidelines Make Absolutely No Sense

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[l] at 5/28/20 6:09pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
S&P cuts Rolls-Royce credit rating to junk on COVID-19 hit U.S. core capital goods orders, shipments tumble in April Rabobank: Free Speech And Free Markets Go Hand In Hand; We Have Neither Bank of Korea trims key rate to record low amid grim growth outlook Week 10 of the U.S. Labor Market Collapse: Still Getting Worse at Gut-Wrenching Pace, But Signs of Bottom Appear
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Chevron Plans Massive Workforce Reduction
German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen to cut up to 15,000 jobs: memo
Renault poised to announce 15,000 layoffs worldwide: union
## Airline death spiral ##
American Airlines says to cut management and support staff by 30%
Britain's easyJet to axe up to 30% of staff JAL to Suspend FY 2021 Hiring Activity amid Virus Crisis Masks, cleaning, filtration better than blocking middle seats: United CEO In truth, filling as many seats as possible is the only way for the airlines to make money. -- RF
LATAM's bankruptcy filing to delay its Brazil bailout to at least July: sources U.S. major airlines roll out more options to avoid staff layoffs
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump seeking new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, says key senator
United States ends Iran nuclear deal waivers Inhofe, Reed back new military fund to confront China
As the U.S. Congress hardens against Beijing, two key lawmakers publicly added their support for a new military fund to boost deterrence against China in the Pacific, virtually assuring a Pacific Deterrence Initiative of some kind will be in the next defense policy bill. Canada's Huawei extradition ruling could unleash more Chinese backlash
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests, looting erupt in Minneapolis over racially charged killing by police Rev. Jesse Jackson calls for nationwide protests after George Floyd's death
## Got food? ##
Historic swarm of locusts descends upon India, destroying crops U.N. warns 14M in Latin America could go hungry due to pandemic Pandemic worsening existing food crises across the Middle East, UN agencies warn
Even before the coronavirus outbreak, nearly 110 million people across the Middle East and North Africa were undernourished.
COVID-19 infects more than 3,000 U.S. meatpacking workers: union
## Environment/health ## Trump Rollback Allows Hunters to Kill Bears and Wolves in Their Dens The new rule, remarkable in its cruelty, will allow hunters to shoot bears, wolves, along with their cubs and pups while the animals are in their dens in the popular Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Stop the Wildlife Trade: Worker contracted coronavirus from mink at breeding farm, say Dutch authorities
Britain says U.N. climate summit to begin on November 1 2021 Antarctic ice sheets can retreat as fast 165 feet per day
Climate change is driving widespread forest death and creating shorter, younger trees
• Coronavirus U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World
Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world. The United States and the UK were the only two holdouts in the World Health Assembly from the declaration that vaccines and medicines for COVID-19 should be available as public goods, and not under exclusive patent rights. 40% of COVID-19 patients may be asymptomatic as disease progresses More than 80% of coronavirus patients on a cruise ship did not have any symptoms, new study says How Cluster Cases Drive The Covid Pandemic China, Vietnam and other countries that the U.S. likes to call dictatorships have handled the crisis much better than the so called leading democracies. In total all Asian nations seem to have had a better grip on the epidemic than many other countries. The most likely reason for this is that those cultures care far more for the collective good than for the benefit of individuals. South Korea re-imposes some coronavirus restrictions after spike in new cases
Museums, parks, and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, with authorities struggling to identify transmission routes US Media Failed to Factcheck Sweden's Herd Immunity Hoax
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## Trump directs AG to boost enforcement of state laws on social media companies
'Absolutely no legal authority': Trump's threats to shut down Twitter are 'totally asinine' and reek of censorship, according to legal experts
Trump's executive order targets political bias at Twitter and Facebook: draft Trump's Social-Media Order Is a Gift to Disinformation Bots, Experts Say US Military Using New Data Collection System Designed For War in Pandemic Response
Pentagon sees new JADC2 system as vital for beating China, Russia in military confrontations
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Social Media's Plantation of the Mind
The Company Store is open, buy whatever you want on easy credit, and don't forget to take an approved narrative with you.
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Commercial Real Estate in the Plague Year: The Office Tower Landscape is About to Be Remade Long-time readers will recall that I have said tall buildings will be useless in the future. -- RF

## Japan ##
As Japan reopens, coronavirus testing slowed by bureaucracy and staff shortages Nissan to set out survival plan after expected annual loss Japan enacts law toughening regulations on tech giants Japan Regional Banks' Net Profits Hit 9-Year Low
## China ##
About 140 Japanese nationals return to Wuhan on chartered plane: sources Two Sessions 2020: national security law for Hong Kong a step closer after NPC endorses resolution
## UK ##
EasyJet plans to cut up to 30% of staff as Covid-19 hits demand
Up to 4,500 of its 15,000-member workforce could lose their jobs and the airline will start a consultation process with employees in the coming days. UK infrastructure 'under threat from climate breakdown' Coronavirus: Test and trace system kicks off in England and Scotland Nearly half shuttered UK firms don't know when they will reopen - ONS
## US ## New Unemployment Claims Top 2 Million for 10 Straight Weeks New wave of U.S. layoffs feared as coronavirus pain deepens
'Stop killing black people': George Floyd's death sparks protests in Minneapolis, Memphis and Los Angeles
Coronavirus: What attacks on Asians reveal about American identity Biden campaign removes some anti-Palestinian hate speech Amid national backlash, Justice Dept. vows to investigate death of George Floyd The Blue Plague and Black Death
George Floyd's death by Blue Plague in Minneapolis was widely condemned by the same parties that have encouraged and funded the spread of the fatal contagion. J.C. Penney store closing sales to begin within weeks: 242 permanent store closures planned in bankruptcy Nordstrom sales plunge nearly 40% on pandemic-led store closures • Coronavirus The coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 Americans in just over 4 months According to experts, 83% of the US deaths could have been avoided if the country had locked down on March 1. Trump, downplaying deaths, once claimed US would never see 100,000 milestone Great Plains Indian reservations report 17% spike in COVID-19 cases COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Surge: The Impact of Wisconsin's In-person Primary Vote

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World economic prospects darken, rebound delayed: Reuters poll
Asian century began in May 2020
Region has emerged as an economic zone as closely integrated as the European Union Coronavirus pushes global credit rating downgrade threat to record high Euro-Area Economy Closer to ECB's Worst-Case Estimates, Lagarde Says U.S. imports record amount of gold from Switzerland as virus upends trade
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Boeing set to announce significant U.S. job cuts this week: union Tuesday Morning is about to close 130 stores.
IBM's Announces Company-Wide Job Cuts As New CEO Attempts Restructuring
## Airline death spiral ##
Five ways the pandemic may change airports for the better But remember that each of these "solutions" adds its own new cost. -- RF Boeing cutting more than 12,000 U.S. jobs, thousands more planned American Airlines CEO quells U.S. bankruptcy talk, says demand improving Italy-bound flight returns to Germany due to closed airport American Airlines to allow travelers to switch from crowded flights as coronavirus fears linger
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## EU Foreign Policy Chief Calls for Rapprochement with Russia and End of "American-led System"
A recent address by the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borell, hints at a new pro-Asian political order on the continent as Germany gets ready to lead the 27-nation bloc. But, is it just a ploy to check Chinese hegemony?
Israel, Pressed By US, Blocks First Big Chinese Deal
Bath Shipyard Scrambles As Thousands Retire; Months Behind On Destroyer Work, Says President Live nuclear testing could resume in 'months' if needed, official says Russia says US leaving Open Skies Treaty will hurt security Air Force Is Down To One Tired Old Jet To Fly Open Skies Surveillance Flights Space Force starts teaching courses to give space professionals 'warfighting mindsets' US Accuses Russia of Sending Fighter Jets to Back Libya's Hafter What is a space weapon, and who has them? Navy accuses Russia of third 'unsafe' intercept of U.S. plane in two months Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets as protests flare in financial heart First US Citizen Convicted for Protests at Nuclear Weapons Base in Germany Protesters clash with Minneapolis police following death of black man seen pinned down in video
## Energy/resources ##
COVID-19 Spreads To Brazil's Offshore Oilfields Canadian coronavirus restrictions limiting protesters makes it a 'great time' to build oil pipeline, minister says Oil Markets Could Soon Face A Devastating Supply Crunch US Considers New Sanctions On Russia-Led Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Pandemic Triggers Record $400 Billion Drop In Energy Investment Global Coal Fleet Continues To Grow In 2020, Installations Increase Year-on-Year - IEA
## Got food? ##
265 Million People Could Face Hunger in 'Unprecedented' Crisis, World Food Program Expert Warns COVID-19 is Laying Bare How Big Ag is Taking America's Small Farmers to Slaughter
As the door for greater consolidation across industries opens wider, entrenched transnational food interests are feeling the heat from American farmers and ranchers to curb their monopolistic dreams.
## Environment/health ##
'The human fingerprint is everywhere': Met Office's alarming warning on climate
Exclusively compiled data from centre's supercomputer shows alarming climate trajectory
Car tyres polluting huge swathes of seas and rivers, contaminating more than previously thought, say scientists
Microplastics from vehicle wheels could be damaging untold miles of waterways, experts find
Corals Turn Bright Neon in Last-Ditch Effort to Survive Ozone layer collapse preceded mass extinction 360 million years ago India wilts as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius • Coronavirus PAHO: Americas over take Europe as COVID-19 epicenter Top officials around the world keep getting caught breaking lockdown rules Game changer: WHO says there's 'no empirical evidence' Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine helps treat or prevent coronavirus Game changer: British regulator says 'COPCOV' hydroxychloroquine trial paused
An international hydroxychloroquine trial led by the University of Oxford has been paused, Britain's pharmaceutical regulator said on Wednesday, less than a week after the trial started, amid fresh  safety concerns over the drug.
Game changer: Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine ineffective as COVID-19 treatment
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Twitter fact-checks Trump tweet for the first time Trump, Twitter, And Free Speech Trump threatens to 'close' down social media platforms after Twitter fact checks claims on mail-in voting fraud All that criticism of other governments for restricting internet content... -- RF Kimura's death underscores need for system to ID online abusers (Japan) WaPo's Dirt on Trump's 'Rapid' Nuclear Testing is a Real Dud The CIA's Murderous Practices, Disinformation Campaigns, and Interference in Other Countries Still Shape the World Order and U.S. Politics Hell Hath No Fury Like A Federal Law Enforcement Agency That Keeps Finding Some Way To Break Into IPhones

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
COVID-19: China Rises in Ranks of US-Accused Hackers
As America's new Enemy No. 1, China is now the frontrunner in the "bad guy" sweepstakes.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Re-Opening the Economy Won't Fix What's Broken
Re-opening a fragile, brittle, bankrupt, hopelessly perverse and corrupt "normal" won't fix what's broken. Coronavirus is dark side of an urban interconnected world It will be net energy decline, not the coronavirus, that will deliver the coup de grâce to the current system. It will also kill many more people than the virus. -- RF Neil Howe: Expect Creative Destruction In This Fourth Turning
We're entering the era when a new order violently replaces the old

## Japan ##
Japan still world's top creditor at end of 2019
Pachinko parlors going bankrupt amid closures Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril

## China ##
Hong Kong police fire pepperballs and round up protesters chanting pro-democracy slogans China's Cash-Strapped Millennials Embrace a New Trend: Thrift
Many young Chinese developed lavish spending habits during an era of rapid economic growth. Now, they're learning to cut back. China's economic strategy shift shows Xi Jinping is preparing for 'worst case scenario', analysts say Profits of state-owned firms fall 63% in Jan-April China poised for major property rights overhaul Pompeo says Hong Kong no longer warrants special U.S. treatment
## UK ##
EDF seeks building consent for Britain's Sizewell C nuclear plant Reopening the UK high street will not guarantee a rebound Coronavirus: Major UK sports events 'shut down too late' and it 'probably cost lives', says top scientist
Coronavirus: Domestic abuse website visits up 10-fold, charity says
Coronavirus: Plan to boost environment post-virus urged
UK COVID-19 confirmed death toll rises 412 to 37,460
## US ## "Germ-Ridden Masses" – How America's Wealthy Elite Describe the Rest of Us
Increasingly, journalists at establishment publications come from and represent the one percent that they claim to be holding to account.
Texas Economy Could Lose $24B If Oil Prices Stay In The $30s Amtrak needs $1.5 billion bailout, prepares to cut up to 20% of workforce Local TV stations air Amazon PR piece on worker safety as if it were a real news story Tuesday Morning retailer files Chapter 11 bankruptcy, plans 230 store closings Boeing is the Tip of the Layoff Iceberg Huawei CFO Meng loses key court fight against extradition to United States
Trump's Trade Deal With China is Way Underperforming Promises The Trump administration is trying to isolate China and cut it out of global trade to the maximum extent possible. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. -- RF Hertz doled out $16M in bonuses to top executives days before bankruptcy filing College Enrollment in the Spring Fell for 9th Year in a Row, and Now Comes Covid • Coronavirus Fears of coronavirus second wave prompt flu push at U.S. pharmacies, drugmakers

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[l] at 5/26/20 5:58pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Singapore cuts 2020 economic forecasts for the third time on coronavirus concerns It Starts: The Corporate Mega-Bailout Bonanza in Europe, Germany on Top
Nokia shuts plant in south India after 42 test positive for coronavirus ECB prepares for the worst: life without the Bundesbank - sources Australian Perth Mint Silver & Gold Bullion Sales Surge In April
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Uber cuts 600 jobs in India as lockdown hits business French carmaker Renault to cut 5,000 jobs by 2024: Le Figaro
McLaren Group is laying off 25% of its workforce as coronavirus halts races, manufacturing and sales
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Prison for buying bitcoin? Proposed law could see Russians serving time for using cryptocurrencies
As I've said, governments will either ban cryptocurrencies or take control of them. Keep watching. -- RF
## Airline death spiral ## US Air Passenger Traffic over Memorial Day Weekend Down 87%, Amid Signs of Slow Recovery
Airlines don't expect a quick recovery back to "normal" either. Based on their decisions about aircraft in their fleets, they expect this to drag out for years.
Chile's Latam Airlines Group hires PJT Partners to restructure debt: report LATAM becomes largest airline yet driven to bankruptcy by coronavirus
Confusion as Indian domestic flights restart Fight breaks out on plane over lack of social distancing
Air rage is 4 times more likely when you get on this plane
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. B-1 Lancers Continue Their "World Tour" With First Ever Mission Over Sweden Endgame of US-China rivalry is 'lose-lose,' says Harvard professor China-India tensions mount as troop stand-offs along disputed border cause speculation to swirl All things considered, the Indians have spiffier hats. -- RF Outgoing US Envoy Underscores Split Between US, German Interests
German MP: US envoy issues threats like he's representing a hostile power Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Family Harvesting Wheat, Wounding Two Downward trend: Southeast Asian countries cut defense spending Hundreds of Russian, Syrian mercenaries withdraw from Libya's front lines after Haftar losses

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Social Unrest Is Lurking in New Latin American Virus Hotspot Political leaders denounce protesters who hung [sic] effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear
## Energy/resources ##
$30 Oil Isn't Good Enough For U.S. Shale Shale drillers were collectively unprofitable even when oil prices were twice today's levels, and are drowning in red ink with WTI at $30 per barrel.
U.S. drilling industry says offshore ban would crush jobs, government revenues
## Environment/health ##
Oceans Likely to Heat up at Seven Times Their Current Rate, New Study Finds
Permafrost in the Arctic can thaw faster than presumed Warming climate is changing where birds breed: study World's Oceans are losing Oxygen rapidly Pesticides harm honeybee nursing behavior, larval development, video shows
• Coronavirus Trump and Brazil's Bolsonaro both downplayed coronavirus. Now Brazil faces a US travel ban WHO warns that 1st wave of pandemic not over, dampens hopes World Health Organization warns of 'second peak' in areas where coronavirus is declining Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO War rhetoric surrounds COVID surveillance
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
After FBI Successfully Breaks Into IPhones, Bill Barr Says It's Time For Legislated Encryption Backdoors
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Behind Trump's push to blame China
Trump administration mounts global campaign against China that harks to false WMD claims made before US invasion of Iraq
NYT Writeup Of U.S. War On Afghanistan Ignores U.S. Atrocities
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
An Economy That Cannot Allow Stocks to Decline Is Too Fragile To Survive
## Japan ##
Japan Gives Up May Approval of Avigan as COVID-19 Treatment Meiji Holdings Unit to Develop COVID-19 Vaccine Japan's virus deaths low, but health care is on verge of collapse Bank of Japan's Kuroda says ready to do more for economy after emergency lifts
## China ##
Hong Kong demand for VPNs surges on heels of China's plan for national security laws
Chinese city proposes permanent health tracking with a score based on drinking and exercise habits Yes, it's awful. But it's also the model society secretly wanted by the West. The IoT and the cashless society will be tools to monitor and control the populace. -- RF China import data reveals tainted Australian oats, almonds blocked last year as trade war fears grow China shuts down WeChat social media account claiming 'US making dead bodies into hamburgers'
China has shut a virulent anti-US WeChat account for spreading fake news and stoking xenophobia, as Beijing moves to rein in misinformation on social media As Chinese authorities expand use of health tracking apps, privacy concerns grow
## UK ## Frozen UK property funds face existential crisis
Hundreds of animals in Welsh zoo may have to be killed due to lack of funds amid coronavirus pandemic, owners say "I was outraged": Venezuelan foreign minister responds to secretive British 'reconstruction' plans UK COVID-19 death toll tops 47,000 as pressure heaps on PM Johnson
## US ##
Senate Talking Points Say Warrantless Collection Of Internet Use Data Keeps Terrorists From Killing Us Congress will 'probably' have to pass another coronavirus stimulus bill, Mitch McConnell says
Banks Get Payout From Equifax Hack While Consumers Still Wait For Compensation
White House is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac, says Noam Chomsky Back to school? 1 in 5 teachers are unlikely to return to reopened classrooms this fall, poll says Author of Bailout Nation Gets Bailout New Home Sales, Essentially Flat, Crush Expectations State budget relies on federal bailout that might not come (Illinois) • Coronavirus Nearing 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths, U.S. Is Still 'Early In This Outbreak' The bleak milestone the U.S. is about to hit — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — is far above the number of deaths seen from the pandemic in any other country. U.S. brings forward travel ban as Brazil surpasses its daily death toll Crowds Gather Over Memorial Day Weekend Despite Pleas From Health Officials

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[l] at 5/25/20 5:53pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why Isn't the Dollar Collapsing Given Trillions in Printing?
Meanwhile given all this competitive currency debasement, I have a question: Got Gold? French carmaker Renault could close plants and cut jobs: union Rabobank: "Quite A Market Disconnect Has Formed: We May Be Just Weeks Away From The Levee Breaking" China likely has more official gold than U.S., von Greyerz tells KWN China has been accumulating gold for decades. Their official holdings are 2,000 tonnes. But it is widely assumed that their real holding is over 10x that. Insiders who have been working with the Chinese confirm that they are likely to hold over 20,000 tonnes.
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
French government doesn't exclude Renault job cuts
## Airline death spiral ##
ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June
New JAL subsidiary to convert passenger flights into cargo-only services Germany stamps authority on Lufthansa with $9.8 billion lifeline
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Military Holds Live-Fire Drills in Persian Gulf Iran Tankers Arrive Safely in Venezuela After US Threats Russia seeks 18-year jail term for ex-U.S. Marine in spying trial Israel's Netanyahu says he won't miss West Bank annexation opportunity China proposes lifting North Korea sanctions U.S. Threatens New Nuclear Tests To Push China Into A Treaty It Does Not Want
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear hanged in effigy as Second Amendment supporters protest coronavirus restrictions
Hong Kong police fire tear gas on biggest protests since coronavirus curbs Global Anger Builds As Elites Worldwide Break Quarantine Rules

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Firms Among Worst Hit As Wave Of Bankruptcies Hits Texas Putin To Bail Out Russian Oil Industry
## Got food? ##
Northwest cherry crops facing disease and decreased harvest
Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year's harvest

## Environment/health ##
Mississippi Delta marshes in a state of irreversible collapse, study shows Scientists find first evidence of microplastics passing from insects to predators in rivers Siberia in Midst of Freak Heat Wave • Coronavirus WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns Trump administration suspends travel from Brazil to limit spread of COVID-19 Brazil Is the New Covid-19 Epicenter Brazil just passed Russia in total cases. Population adjusted, Brazil is a disaster. South Korea to require masks on transit, flights Latvia to launch Google-Apple friendly coronavirus contact tracing app WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where COVID-19 declining More patients than beds in Mumbai as India faces surge in virus cases Russia Surpasses 350k Coronavirus Cases
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
How Britain's oldest universities are trying to protect humanity from risky A.I. Five burn-in' questions on 'the real robotic revolution'

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
TINA's Orgy: Anything Goes, Winners Take All
What nobody dares whisper is 'there is no alternative to collapse' because the system is now too fragile and brittle to survive.
The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism
The world's prevailing socio-political models aren't going to survive this pandemic. What's going to replace them?

## Japan ##
Japan to end Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh $930 billion stimulus Infections rise in Tokyo, Hokkaido as emergency about to be lifted Kyoto hotels hit by 90% slump in foreign stays as pandemic takes toll Japan seeing TB vaccine shortage after reports on possible effects against COVID-19 Coronavirus-hit Japan dumps high fashion for health and hygiene
Japan to expand entry ban to visitors from India and 10 other nations
## China ##
Coronavirus backlash adds to trade war and decoupling pressure to fray China's ties to global system Coronavirus has hit China's migrant workers harder than Sars and the financial crisis, but worst yet to come China 'Unlikely' to Reach Goal of 70% Self-Sufficiency in Chip Production, Report Says US slaps sanctions on 33 Chinese companies and institutions, dialling up the tension amid the lowest point in US-China relations Taiwan considers revoking Hong Kong's special status on law fears China may become one of many hubs as companies diversify manufacturing after coronavirus shock
## UK ##
Without help 40,000 jobs could go, warn UK coach tour operators
England and Wales face backlog of 40,000 criminal cases due to coronavirus Britain's largest solar farm poised to begin development in Kent Coronavirus: Test-and-trace to launch next week after 25,000 trackers recruited Coronavirus: Drivers plan to walk more to keep cleaner air of lockdown - survey Coronavirus: The government draws up plan to rescue key firms
UK to reopen thousands of shops in easing of coronavirus lockdown: Johnson UK coronavirus death toll rises by 121 to 36,914 Britain: Johnson's Pandemic Management Is Trashing His Authority Most ingredients are in place for a property crash later this year Student Housing, One of the Most Hyped Asset Classes, Runs Out of Students
## US ##
The Student Debt Bubble Implosion
$1.68 trillion in student loan debt and a big portion is not being paid while COVID-19 is only making it worse
Doctors face pay cuts, furloughs and supply shortages as coronavirus pushes primary care to the brink Going to the movies will be a different experience in the new coronavirus reality The Fed Is Now The Proud Owner Of Bankrupt Hertz Bonds Sheltering Americans Give Record Chill to Tourism This Summer 4 ways COVID-19 has exposed gaps in the US social safety net Hertz Bankruptcy & Fleet Liquidation Threaten to Make Mess of Used-Vehicle Prices with Burst of "Pent-Up Supply" • Coronavirus Florida man who spit, coughed on police officers after claiming to have the coronavirus indicted on federal terrorism charges

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[l] at 5/24/20 10:23pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Argentina, creditors get ready to resume debt talks after ninth sovereign default Central Banks Are Buying $2.4 Billion In Assets Every Hour As Their Balance Sheets Eclipse $20 Trillion
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Kuehne+Nagel owner sees about 20,000 job cuts: Die Welt India's Ola to lay off 1,400 employees
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bitcoin's Shocking Energy Consumption
## Airline death spiral ##
United Airlines CEO Kirby's annual base salary lower than predecessor
U.S. grants tentative OK for 15 air carriers to suspend service to 75 airports Embattled airlines unveil coronavirus safety guidelines in effort to reassure passengers
United will use sneeze guards at check-in counters and hand out wipes; JetBlue will block middle seats on Airbus planes Airports see devastating drop in flights during Covid-19 Nearly all news articles focus on airlines, but without flights and passengers, airports likewise don't make any money. -- RF Coronavirus: Devastation for airlines as UK confirms 14-day quarantine post-travel Air France must slash domestic traffic in exchange for state guarantees -minister
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Europeans, NATO urge Russia to work to save treaty dropped by Trump
NATO and the EU on Friday urged Russia to comply with the 1992 Open Skies military surveillance treaty, as European nations scrambled to save the pact after US President Donald Trump said his country would withdraw. U.S. discussed conducting its first nuclear test in decades - Washington Post China: one country, two sessions, three threats (Pepe Escobar)
Getting back to domestic business quickly is essential for a renewed push on the grand chessboard US threatens Venezuela-Bound Iranian tankers with 'imminent use of military force', claims UN Envoy Intel Vets: To the President – Avoid Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela 1st Iranian ship reaches Venezuela with no sign of US threat Israel Cuts Palestinian Water Supply in West Bank
Israeli Colonists Burn Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?
If they don't attack us, why do we not just leave them be? US Clears More UAE Arms Sales, Despite Evidence of Past Violations
UAE transferred US arms to al-Qaeda, other terrorists China will likely face U.S. sanctions over Hong Kong national security law, White House says Aside from the question of whether the legislation is good or bad, US sanctions on China would ignore the fact of China's sovereignty. White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien says the legislation represents a takeover of Hong Kong, without explaining how a sovereign nation can "take over" its own real estate. Ironically, the US is always bitching about other countries supposedly meddling in its internal affairs. -- RF
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
UN report: More than 100 Iraqi protesters abducted since October
Thousands protest Chinese security law as unrest returns to Hong Kong
## Energy/resources ##
Top 12 Listed Oil Giants Book Huge $20.6 Billion Loss In First Quarter Midstream Companies Slash Capex By 50% After Oil Crash The global race to mine outer space
## Got food? ## Desperate rats are brazenly searching for food during the coronavirus pandemic, CDC warns Today rats, tomorrow humans. -- RF
NYC to deliver a million meals a day to combat coronavirus food shortage, de Blasio says
## Solutions ##
How to Start Prepping in a Single Afternoon This is very short-term... which I am not criticizing. But I think it's more important to build mutually supportive communities of like-minded people who pool their talents and resources for the long haul. If you have a bug-out bag and survival kit, you'll be able to survive in an inhospitable environment for a while, which may be necessary for many people. But the lone-wolf strategy gets you only so far. Your focus should be on community, and the sooner the better. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Birds Are Eating Hundreds of Plastic Bits Daily, New Studies Find
Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change
Risk for MS 30% higher for those living in cities, study finds
Research conducted in Italy links disease to air pollution exposure.
Wild Animals Roam Russian Cities During Quarantine (video)
'Dome of Heat' to threaten many record highs across western U.S. next week Hydroxychloroquine shortage hurting patients who need it Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise When humans pull back, other species can flourish. -- RF Western Australia braces for worst storm in a decade • Coronavirus Game changer: Coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had higher risk of death, study shows
Putin Warns of Second Coronavirus Wave for Russia This Fall Latest on global search for coronavirus vaccine: Three candidates show early promise The World Health Organization said lessons could be learned from Sweden — now its daily deaths are soaring Haiti voodoo leaders prepare temples for coronavirus sufferers Probably better than injecting yourself with disinfectant. -- RF Germany tries to trace people who attended church service at which COVID-19 spread
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
North Dakota Governor Delivers Testing Ground for Mass Tracking Tech
Privacy advocates are raising the alarm over the North Dakota governor's cozy ties to Bill Gates and big tech as the state deploys new mass surveillance tech under the auspices of limiting COVID-19. House to consider amendment blocking warrantless web browsing surveillance Guccifer 2.0's Hidden Agenda
Why would an alleged GRU officer supposedly part of an operation to deflect Russian culpability suggest that Assange "may be connected with Russians?" As employee monitoring extends to workers' homes and health, some see civil rights threat Israel's Netanyahu goes on trial for corruption
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Wayback Machine Latest Victim of Big Tech Consolidation and Censorship
The promise of an internet modeled around democratized access to information is quickly eroding before our very eyes as the Wayback Machine falls prey to censorship creep and major tech sector consolidations take us to the point of no return
## Japan ##
Increasing plastic waste creates danger for Hokkaido's wild bears Why Japanese seniors are spending their golden years behind bars Shift to online classes leaves Japan's university teachers exhausted
## China ## U.S. Bullies China To Allow More Passenger Flights Despite Coronavirus Travel Restrictions (Forbes) Includes some interesting facts that many other news sources don't bother to mention. -- RF
Hong Kong's pro-Beijing politicians say national security law good for business Hundreds protest in Hong Kong against proposed national security laws Coronavirus conspiracy lab leak claims 'pure fabrication', Wuhan lab chief says
The Chinese institute did not encounter the pandemic pathogen until December 30 when it was sent a clinical sample, director says
China's Laid-Off Workers Rush Into Food Delivery
## UK ## Jaguar seeks state loan as coronavirus pandemic takes toll: Sky News
UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement - newspaper report UK to require employers to pay 20-30% of furloughed wage cost - The Times UK COVID-19 death toll rises 282 to 36,675 UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 118 One-hour COVID-19 test being trialed at hospitals around London
## US ## US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn
S.3176 was passed without being named, debated, or even discussed, even though it would set into law the largest such aid package in US history.
Hertz files for U.S. bankruptcy protection as car rentals evaporate in pandemic The Economy Will Not Soon Return to Normal: Here's Why Airlines to Abandon Dozens of Regional Cities Biden Can't Return US to Normal, Because Trump is a Normal President
Wanting America to go back to how it was before Trump is like rewinding the same horror movie. 2 dead, 10 injured in multiple St. Louis shootings This chart shows just how much America's malls are incredibly dependent on struggling retailers The Mall Era is fast drawing to a close. -- RF No, America's billionaires didn't get $434 billion richer during the pandemic — quite the opposite, in fact This takes a different-angled look at the claim that billionaires got richer. If this take is correct, it means the situation is even worse than usually conceived, because under the current system the rich are supposed to get richer. -- RF Pandemic will drive major changes to the nursing home industry
• Coronavirus Birx: FDA 'has been very clear' on its concerns about using hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment Americans pass pandemic holiday on beaches, in parks as death toll nears 100,000

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Global Forest Fire Is Here $Quadrillions will go up in smoke. Argentina Braces for Ninth Default
Australia's Wesfarmers to shut or rebrand over 100 Target stores in virus slump Renault could disappear and needs to be able to adapt: Le Maire Digital Currencies Could Threaten US Geopolitical Power, Warns JPMorgan Will private gold ownership be banned if inflation runs out of control? Global Investors Demand Gold As Protection Against Financial Repression
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Nissan considering 20,000 job cuts, mainly in Europe, developing nations: Kyodo
IBM cuts jobs in 5 states including California, New York

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
'Major Milestone' As Allies Join SPACECOM's War Plan European states vow to stay in Open Skies Treaty despite US exit
U.S. strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon Envoy: US Will Spend Russia and China Into Oblivion in Nuclear Arms Race And the US is spending itself into oblivion. Lizard brains run the world, so don't expect any sane, sensible course of action from any government. -- RF Pompeo Lays Out the Case For Cold War II With China US Warship Fries Drone With Powerful New Laser China announces $178.2 billion military budget China's Move In Hong Kong Illustrates The End Of U.S. Superiority Is the US-Saudi Alliance Headed Off a Cliff? How To Understand All This China Stuff

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Rig Count Collapse Continues Despite Soaring Oil Prices
## Environment/health ##
Earth's magnetic field weakens, impacting satellites and spacecraft: report By "eminent pole reversal" the Fox News writer presumably meant " imminent pole reversal." No editors at Fox News? -- RF • Coronavirus China gets 'promising' early results from COVID-19 vaccine trial South America a new COVID epicentre, Africa reaches 100,000 cases: WHO Coronavirus is a stress test many world leaders are failing
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Report: Mike Pompeo hosted taxpayer-funded 'Madison Dinners' with Republicans, Fox hosts
How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database
When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, including five bars and clubs he visited on a recent night out. North Korea's Kim keeps low public profile in May: analysts Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Gaslighting of the American Public on Pensacola Terrorist Attack Continues

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Opting Out, American Style
Opting out will increasingly be the best (or only) choice for tens of millions of people globally. Opting out means leaving the complicated, costly and now unaffordable / unbearable life you've been living for a new way of life that is radically less complex, less costly and less deranging. Questions about the coronavirus: the epidemic seen in a historical perspective
## Japan ##
Japan's elderly workers, once key to Abenomics, suffer as pandemic closes businesses Bach's Olympic cancellation remark stuns Tokyo organizers BOJ expands loan program for small firms by ¥30 trillion 3 new coronavirus cases reported in Tokyo, lowest under emergency

## China ##
China says 2020 defence spending to rise 6.6% China law requires Hong Kong to enact national security rules as soon as possible China drops mention of GDP goal as parliament opens, virus slams economy Wuhan Residents Can Now Check Their COVID-19 Test Results Online UK expects China to respect Hong Kong's autonomy, PM's spokesman says That's pretty rich coming from the UK, which refuses to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. -- RF Hong Kong's hotels are down on their knees as two in three rooms sat empty in Asian hospitality industry's first-quarter slump
## UK ##
Britain in deepest downturn for centuries, scant chance of negative rates - Reuters poll The UK just sold its first ever negative-yielding government bond UK borrows 62 billion pounds in April alone as it fights COVID crisis Renewable energy may be switched off as demand plummets
National Grid may ask suppliers to stop generating electricity due to record low consumption More than 30,000 pubs and restaurants 'may not reopen after lockdown' British theatre 'on brink of total collapse', says top producer
Coronavirus: People with no symptoms 'could be forced to isolate for a fortnight' once track and trace measures begin Coronavirus: Retail sales crash in April as lockdown hits shops UK to roll out antibody testing, planning 'antibody certificates' UK coronavirus death toll rises 351 to 36,393 Factbox: The details of Britain's impending quarantine scheme UK eyes cuts to Huawei's 5G network involvement in wake of COVID-19: report What Horrified Fund Managers, Banks & UK's Pension Minister Said About the Bank of England's Sudden "We Don't Rule Out" Negative Interest Rates

## US ## Week 9 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Still Getting Worse at a Gut-Wrenching Pace
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for gig workers doubles initial claims under state programs. Here are the "Insured Unemployment Rates" for each of the 50 states & DC.
The coronavirus is crushing bankrupt retailers' hopes for a rebound – and threatening even more jobs Shelter-in-place will have a 'lasting impact on consumer behavior,' Jim Cramer says
In Last Bailout, the Fed Outsourced Management to the Banks Being Bailed Out – then Paid them Huge Fees for their Work U.S. adding 33 Chinese companies, institutions to economic blacklist All 50 U.S. states shed jobs in April: Labor Department U.S. shale bust slams rural economies as oil checks shrivel Corporate debt issuance has already topped $1 trillion in 2020 As budget decisions loom, decades of pension shortfalls haunt Illinois and Chicago COVID Kills Hospitality Industry, Crushes NYC Hotels, Triggers CMBS Implosion • Coronavirus Study finds earlier coronavirus restrictions in US could have saved 36,000 lives. Trump calls it a 'political hit job.' If only China hadn't prevented Trump from taking action sooner! -- RF Trump says he won't close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits Reinforcements sent to California border hospital hit by coronavirus surge Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots. Nevada, Michigan, Hawaii unemployment rates above 20 percent

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[l] at 5/21/20 6:15pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Coronavirus Impact On Business: Coca-Cola CEO Says Lockdown Effects On Global Economy Just Beginning Little Laos teeters towards big debt crisis 70% of Dubai companies expect to go out of business within six months due to coronavirus pandemic, survey says
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Victoria's Secret to close about 250 stores in the U.S. and Canada, Bath & Body Works to close 50
Canada Goose lays off 125 workers: WSJ
Panasonic to cut 800 jobs in Thailand, move some production to Vietnam
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Central Bank Digital Currencies On the Way
But the push for digital currencies is also nefarious. Once cash is banned, governments can and will track every penny of every person 100% of the time.

## Airline death spiral ##
Lufthansa in advanced talks for state rescue deal worth about $10 billion NFL player sues United Airlines, alleging he was sexually assaulted during flight Southwest to limit seats sold on each flight through July -CEO Hold onto your boarding pass. How TSA screening procedures are changing because of coronavirus
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Venezuela armed forces to escort Iranian tankers bringing needed fuel
USS Theodore Roosevelt returns to sea after coronavirus outbreak China-US diplomatic backchannels dry up, making it harder to communicate in tough times US approves $180m sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan Why Russia is losing its hold on Syria Iran to Continue Regular Missions in Persian Gulf, Despite US Threats U.S. targets Iran's interior minister in latest round of sanctions US To Withdraw From Open Skies, Leaving 34-Nation Arms Control Pact New START nuclear talks begin between US, Russia The End of the Oslo Accords: Palestinians pull out of Agreements in face of Netanyahu's Sudetenland Moment
## Energy/resources ## Nobody takes the renewable energy transition seriously (Richard Heinberg) And nearly all people — even many proponents of a renewables-only society — believe that we can have our cake and eat it, too, i.e., that renewables will support our current extravagant, growth-based economy. Consequently, the whole endeavor will end in tears, not to mention a lot of human suffering and death. -- RF Too Many Demand Too Much of Renewable Energy
National Oil Companies Slash Exploration Budgets As Low Price Bites
## Got food? ##
570 employees at Tyson Plant in Wilkesboro test positive for COVID-19, the company says
## Environment/health ##
Thousands evacuate as '500-year flood' destroys 2 dams in Michigan Study finds microplastics in Florida's birds of prey for first time Hunting threatens one of the world's largest bird migrations Conservationists and bird researchers have mostly blamed human development -- and the habitat loss and pollution that comes with it -- for the decline, but the latest research, published this week in the journal Biological Conservation, suggests illegal hunting has made things worse. Tropical forests can continue to store carbon, even as the planet gets warmer • Coronavirus How the United States Government Failed to Prepare for the Global Pandemic Sweden recorded the most coronavirus deaths in Europe per capita over the past week, according to Oxford data Top HIV scientist says he wouldn't count on a vaccine for coronavirus soon Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 million, infections rising in South America 1 in 5 in Stockholm have virus antibodies: Sweden Early-stage trials for coronavirus vaccine developed in Singapore could start next month, says professor Coronavirus Treatment: Cannabis Enzymes Could Help Block 'Gateway' For COVID-19, Study Reveals Exterminate! UV robot sent to Singapore mall to zap coronavirus
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## Assange Extradition: UK Minister Who Approved Trump's Request to Extradite Assange Spoke at Secretive US Conferences with People Calling for Him to be 'Neutralized'
Britain's former home secretary attended "starlight chats" and "after-dinner cocktails" in off-the-record conferences involving high-level U.S. military and intelligence figures.
Why Trump needs to obscure his Saudi arms sales How the Qataris conquered DC while you were sleeping The Chilling Return of 'Papers Please' As I've noted previously, the Western criticism of China arises from China's economic challenge and its refusal to take orders from the US. But Chinese-style social control is actually considered a goal to strive toward. -- RF International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19 Downside of Globalization: Stretched, secret supply chains hold Covid-19 patients' lives in the balance

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
UK, U.S. defence ministers discuss 'disinformation' from Russia, China The irony is overpowering. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
US Birth Rate Falls To 35-Year Low, Shifting Attitudes Toward Motherhood Could Be Cause That could be a cause, but birth/fertility rates are plunging in many countries. Almost all of them are industrialized developed countries (see here ), and what they have in common is that their societies require a great deal of energy to raise children. Hence net energy decline is the main driver. -- RF More dams will collapse as aging infrastructure can't keep up with climate change
## Japan ##
Japan's exports, imports fall due to pandemic Over 3 mil jobs could be lost in Japan due to coronavirus Avigan trials will continue in Japan, with drug efficacy unclear Foreign visitors to Japan down 99.9 percent in April Second Kyushu Electric reactor halted over delayed anti-terror steps Tokyo Olympics to Be Canceled If Not Held Next Summer: Bach Japan Regional Banks in Extremely Tough Biz Situation Japan's Panasonic to cut 800 jobs in Thailand, move some production to Vietnam next year
## China ##
Fiscal revenue down 14.5% in first four months Two Sessions 2020: Beijing 'out of patience' after long wait for Hong Kong national security law, plans to proscribe secession, foreign interference and terrorism in city
## UK ##
Britons spurned by banks caught in a coronavirus credit crunch Hundreds of charities in UK added to waiting list for food redistribution Top 1% of British earners get 17% of nation's income Farms still need up to 40,000 UK workers to harvest fruit and veg Bank of England paves way for negative interest rates Help the Hungry: Charity doubles emergency food deliveries to 2 million meals a week World Bee Day: Bees under lockdown in London as bacterial disease sweeps capital amid swarm season UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises 338 to 36,042
More than 300 attacks on UK emergency staff prosecuted during COVID-19 lockdown UK test and trace system is on course for June 1: health minister
## US ## American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic An additional 2.4 million Americans filed jobless claims, bringing 9-week total to more than 38 million May unemployment looks worse than expected, signaling another bad jobs report could be coming 'We just want to be safe.' Hate crimes, harassment of Asian Americans rise amid coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19 outbreak exposes generations-old racial and economic divide in New York City Entrenched racism is one of the forces tearing America apart. -- RF Backlogs, second wave of layoffs keeping U.S. weekly jobless claims high Biden: Criticism of Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism, Unless It Comes From the Left
The presidential nominee affirmed his "unshakable" commitment to Israel during an online fundraiser by former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. Employers struggle to compete with $600 coronavirus unemployment payments The Mall of America hasn't paid its mortgage in two months 'Major reallocation shock' from coronavirus will see 42% of lost jobs evaporate: Study Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections Coronavirus pandemic puts Social Security at risk of insolvency by 2030 Trump: Letting Big Corporations Get Away with Whatever They Want (Ralph Nader) • Coronavirus US pledges up to $1.2 billion to access 300 million doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccine Trump visits Michigan Ford plant amid political tensions, does not wear mask Death Certificates Suggest Covid-19 Deaths Way Undercounted
And finally... Detroit priest goes viral after using squirt gun with holy water to bless parishioners

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[l] at 5/20/20 6:05pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Coronavirus crushes Australia's dividends with banks leading the decline Norwegian Cruise Line extends sailing suspension; ships won't sail until August EU exec to propose 1 trln euro recovery plan with grants and loans Gold Is The Best Performing Asset In 2020 YTD: +15% in USD, +18% in EUR and +23% in GBP Peter Schiff: Fed will 'wipe out' many investors; gold to return as reserve currency
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Britain's Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs amid air travel slump

## Airline death spiral ##
Emirates, Qatar Airways to cull up to 40,000 jobs
Thai Airways crash lands into bankruptcy court Airline complaints quadrupled in March: United saw biggest spike among US carriers JetBlue blocking middle seats through Fourth of July as airlines face backlash for not social distancing Germany agrees on rescue package for Lufthansa: media Air France axes A380, Emirates seen cutting deliveries
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Navy issues new distance guidelines for vessels after close encounters with Iranian ships
Trump administration blacklists Chinese company for working with Iranian airline
Japanese military to receive new rifles for the first time since 1989
Griffin 'extremely skeptical' of airborne lasers for missile defense Shipbuilding suppliers need more than market forces to stay afloat U.S. has not cut Afghan security funds despite Pompeo vow of immediate slash - sources Israel must 'abandon threats of annexation': UN envoy
## Energy/resources ## Green-Energy Zombie Abengoa Threatens to Default 3rd Time Since Enron-Style Collapse, Blames Covid, Begs for Fresh Bailout
Permian Basin Leads Decline In U.S. Shale
33% Of North Sea Oil Is Now Too Expensive To Extract US uranium output falls 89% in 2019
## Got food? ##
Coronavirus Lockdowns Keep Bees at Home and Put Crops at Risk
## Environment/health ##
2 Michigan dams breached, thousands evacuated amid flooding
Global CO2 emissions could fall by up to 7% this year amid pandemic: research Nuclear waste will last a lot longer than climate change Trump escalates fight against World Health Organization, threatens to permanently cut US funds Cyclone kills 14 in India, Bangladesh leaving trail of destruction Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green • Coronavirus New coronavirus cases across the world jump by the most ever in a single day, WHO says Medical journal The Lancet says Donald Trump's letter to World Health Organisation is 'factually incorrect' in key claim
Trump says the WHO ignored 'reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from The Lancet medical journal' China's New Outbreak Shows Signs the Virus Could Be Changing Brazil suffers record coronavirus deaths, Trump mulls travel ban Fujifilm shares fall after report Avigan not showing clear efficacy in some coronavirus trials Scientists propose a 50 days on, 30 days off coronavirus lockdown strategy Coronavirus particles spread by talking can remain in the air for up to 14 minutes, NIH researchers find Type 1 diabetics more likely than type 2 to die of coronavirus – study Coronavirus: Scientists dismiss 'very misleading' claims that 'mega doses' of vitamin D can protect against disease Leaked Pentagon memo warns coronavirus pandemic could last until summer 2021: report Mexican funeral homes face 'horrific' unseen coronavirus toll Large contingent of Cuban doctors help Mexico with coronavirus: sources Brazil recommends chloroquine to treat even mild COVID-19 cases

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Transport in Chaos After Israeli Cyberattack in Iran's Bandar Abbas Scientists use ultrasonic mind control on monkeys Phone Calls Between Biden And Ukraine's Poroshenko Leaked; Details $1 Billion "Quid Pro Quo" To Fire Burisma Prosecutor New NYPD press officer co-wrote The Intercept Russiagate story that landed source in prison
The Intercept published a story that landed Reality Winner in prison, burning its third source. That article was co-authored by Richard Esposito, an embedded police reporter who is now the NYPD's top spokesperson.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## Washington's tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book 'The Exile'
A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of al-Qaeda. The propaganda operation relied heavily on a shoddily sourced book, "The Exile."
A Close Look At Efforts Of Pro-NATO Propaganda Units Behind the Scenes Of SouthFront Censorship
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Destruction of Demand
## Japan ##
Japan defence ministry investigating potential hack of next-gen missile details: Asahi Drug Avigan that was pushed by Abe falls short in COVID-19 trials Gripes about noisy neighbors boil over in Tokyo as stay-home drive drags on Ex-Green Beret arrested, accused of using music boxes and private jet to help ex-Nissan boss escape Japan
## China ##
China stocks up food and oil supplies as coronavirus spurs fears about shortages China updates its 'Art of (Hybrid) War' Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic 'without vaccine' Pompeo congratulates Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen who starts second term with firm 'no' to one country, two systems
Amid 10-Day Testing Campaign, Wuhan Reports 58 'Silent Carriers' With COVID-19 Controlled in China, Report Warns of Air Pollution Rebound China's Debt-to-GDP Ratio Surges to 317 Percent
## UK ##
Rolls-Royce to cut 9,000 jobs as Covid-19 takes toll UK bulk buys hydroxychloroquine as potential Covid-19 treatment Quarantine measures may lead to shortage of fruit pickers in Britain UK plans for contact-tracing in doubt as app not ready until June Over £22bn set to be wiped from UK domestic tourism industry due to pandemic UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 35,704

## US ## Highly indebted 'zombie' companies control more than 2 million U.S. jobs
New 20-year bond met with strong reception as U.S. moves to extend time to pay debt Pompeo refuses to explain why he recommended inspector general's firing Pandemic knocks out large sections of Hawaii's economy Senate passes bill that could block Chinese firms from U.S. securities exchanges Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections Illinois Has the Nation's Highest Borrowing Cost by Far
Texas, Localities Amass $86 Billion in Unfunded Pension Liabilities What Unicorn Money-Sinkholes Actually Disrupt
They have accomplished an amazing feat: losing tons of money year after year during the Good Times in what were profitable industries. • Coronavirus Trump administration indefinitely extends US border restrictions, citing coronavirus Trump calls high number of coronavirus cases in the US a 'badge of honor,' attributes it to testing 'Hydroxychloroquine is useless': Doctors want drug for autoimmune patients, not COVID-19
Nearly 40% of critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City died, study finds

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[l] at 5/19/20 5:36pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
New car registrations in Europe fall 76% in April as coronavirus lockdowns hit sales Long-lasting global recession likely due to COVID-19, says World Economic Forum report
America's Zombie Companies Are Multiplying and Fueling New Risks
'All my dreams are shattered': coronavirus crushes Asia's garment industry
Australia faces 'unprecedented' economic hit from coronavirus: RBA minutes Coronavirus rental hardship 'kicked down the road' to spring of 'carnage' Russian Economy Shrank by Quarter in April, Early Data Shows Canadian Home Sales See Worst April Since 1984, Montreal And Toronto Lead Lower
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Cashless Society 2020: How Banks Mint Money and What's Restraining Digital Currency

## Airline death spiral ##
Delta will add flights to keep planes no more than 60% full as demand rises - sources
The global industry's main group IATA has said that airlines will not be able to make a profit if they limit airplanes to two-thirds of their normal capacity, unless they drastically increased airfares. Australia's Qantas set to ramp up domestic flights without social distancing Delta to resume flying several major routes in June Australia's Qantas set to ramp up domestic flights without social distancing Why airline bailouts are so unpopular with economists Airlines say ticket cancellations slowing; business models may change
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Japan Report Claims Sovereignty over Isles Disputed with Russia The Navy just sent a submarine force into the Western Pacific in a message to China Israeli Army Bulldozers Raze Palestinian Farm Land in Tulkarem Iraq military: Rocket hit Baghdad Green Zone, minor damages [sic] Russia scales down war games amid pandemic Lockheed slated to miss F-35 delivery target in 2020 as supply chain struggles to keep up The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Police: Man angry about virus closure attacks 2 with machete Coronavirus in Spain: Social unrest feared as draconian lockdown cripples economy Chile protests over lockdown food shortages Scores of Iraq militia supporters storm offices of TV channel that called ex-leader a 'terrorist'
## Energy/resources ## Wind and Solar Profits: The Race Between Falling Costs and Declining Revenue Dramatic reductions in the cost of wind and solar have led to optimism that they can be primary contributors to low-carbon electricity grids. But there's an important obstacle to their profitability: revenue decline.
As with anything else, the "solutions" present costs of their own. -- RF Is Mexico's Wind Sector Repeating Fossil Fuels' Mistakes? The Oil Rally Is Running On Fumes
EIA Predicts A Record Drop In U.S. Shale Oil Production Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry Oil Industry Faces Looming Threat Of Involuntary Outages Russian Oil Majors Want Bailout From Moscow
## Got food? ##
Lebanese are despairing over their next meal as the economic crisis worsens 'Food does not happen by magic': Prince Charles urges Britain to help farmers harvest crops
Why coronavirus is causing a massive amount of food waste
## Solutions ##
It's Time to Step Into the Arena

## Environment/health ##
Trump threatens to permanently cut off WHO funding, withdraw U.S. membership Analysis: What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on atmospheric CO2? Coronavirus lockdowns have caused a whopping 17% drop in global carbon emissions The Sun Is Asleep. Deep 'Solar Minimum' Feared As 2020 Sees Record-Setting 100-Day Slump But it's a dry heat: Climate change and the aridification of North America
• Coronavirus Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Many Latin American countries have been hollowed out after decades of neoliberal "reforms," leaving them weaker than ever. Russian military to combat coronavirus outbreak in Siberia In Indonesia, gravediggers' heavy workload points to under-reported death toll SARS antibodies can block COVID-19 infection: study India coronavirus infections surge past 100,000, deaths top 3,000 Brazil sees 674 new coronavirus deaths, world's third highest number of infections
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Booz Allen Hamilton wins massive Pentagon artificial intelligence contract
The Pandemic's Geopolitical Aftershocks Are Coming
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How the New York Times Enhances Trump's Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## The American Empire Is in Decline. Time for a New Economic System
Our Fate Is Sealed, Vaccines Won't Matter: Four Long Cycles Align
A Covid-19 vaccine, or lack thereof, will have zero effect in terms of reversing these cycles. Call it Fate, call it karma, call it what you will, but the cycles have aligned and nothing can stop the unraveling of all that was foolishly presumed to be permanent.
## Japan ##
Japan's Sharp reports 37% profit drop, gives no forecasts Japan launches space operations unit Second wave of COVID-19 cases inevitable in Japan, expert says Japan renews claim on Russian-held isles in foreign policy report Hospitals across Japan suffer financially from coronavirus crisis
Survey: 42% of startups could fold in 6 months because of virus COVERING CLIMATE NOW: Dengue fever and malaria concern in Japan due to deadly mosquito
## China ##
Pompeo calls on China to 'immediately' reveal Panchen Lama's whereabouts China offers farmers cash to give up wildlife trade Coronavirus, US-China decoupling prompt Beijing to unveil new western development plan China's Facing a Fall Armyworm Invasion. It Needs New Weapons to Win
The ravenous, pesticide-resistant insects have spread across Africa and Asia over the past four years. Turning the tide will take new technologies and tactics.
Xi Vows China Will Share Vaccine and Gives WHO Full Backing With No Mainland Chinese Buyers, Hong Kong's Commercial Real Estate Dives
## UK ##
UK aims to roll out coronavirus vaccine for 30 million Britons by September UK jobless claims jump to highest since 1996 as COVID crisis hits Huge rise in people claiming unemployment benefit Renewable energy investors increasingly look to UK, says report Bella Italia owner set to bring in administrators, 6,000 jobs at risk London care homes report possible fresh Covid-19 outbreaks UK COVID-19 death toll nears 43,000 as scrutiny over strategy grows

## US ##
Mike Pompeo says he had no knowledge State Department IG was investigating him, firing was not retaliation Walmart Hits All Time High On Blowout Earnings From Coronavirus-Linked Stockpiling U.S. economy won't reclaim all of its lost ground until after 2021: CBO
Coronavirus hammers U.S. homebuilding; permits tumble As coronavirus crushes small restaurants, big chains see room to move in Pier 1 to go out of business and close all 540 stores Housing Starts Plunge a Record 30 Percent Unemployment is nearing Great Depression levels. Here's how the eras are similar — and different Food for Thought - US Population, Employment, Debt, NIRP, Monetization Social Security Benefits Have Lost 30% of Their Buying Power Since 2000 During the Last Financial Crisis, Even Ecommerce Sales Plunged. Not This Time
Ecommerce Spiked to Record. Mall Stores Got Hung Out to Dry. Walmart's Online Sales, Still Woefully Behind, Shot Up 74% American dream: This Illusion Is Alive And Well The Dem's $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Can Not Brace Us for the Coming Shock
As the Trump show continues and each side of the political aisle takes aim at each other, the economy's freefall is quickly reaching catastrophic levels. • Coronavirus 'This will kill you': People are warning others following Trump's apparent use of hydroxychloroquine Trump told to wear coronavirus mask for Ford ventilator factory visit — but he says 'we'll see' Navajo Nation Has Highest Covid-19 Infection Rate in the U.S.
And finally... BBC commentator narrates hilarious penguin race

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[l] at 5/18/20 6:03pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Coronavirus to leave a legacy of unprecedented global debt
IMF chief warns full global economic recovery unlikely in 2021
Consumer Spending Will Not Rebound--Here's Why
Japan's economy to slump significantly due to pandemic: economy minister Companies in Asia Pacific are having a really hard time getting paid, survey shows The U.S. Just Destroyed A Potential Dollar Rival—Is Bitcoin Next?
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Uber to focus on core rides, delivery business as it cuts 23% of workforce

## Airline death spiral ## Grounded in Arizona: Flights arrive but don't leave as ailing airlines park fleets
Face masks, blood tests and onboard janitors. Flying's about to feel very different Each of these measures will add its own cost. -- RF Ryanair to cut up to 3,000 jobs, warns of 'difficult' year on coronavirus
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics Iran Complains to UN About US Threats on Fuel Shipments to Venezuela In practice, the US is sanctioning Iran so much already their options are likely limited. 'Star Trek, not Star Wars:' NASA releases basic principles for moon exploration pact Trump bets the farm on Huawei equipment ban TSMC stops new Huawei orders after U.S. restrictions: Nikkei U.S. mulls paying companies, tax breaks to pull supply chains from China China builds a mega-fortress on the Horn of Africa
The highly defended fortress is strategically located and appears ready to receive large warships China cozies up to Japan and South Korea as ties with U.S. sour over coronavirus No, ISIS Isn't Resurging Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
A spate of recent attacks show the group's capabilities haven't advanced in a year.
Netanyahu inaugurates Israel unity government with renewed 'illegal' annexation pledge
Top 3 Ways Netanyahu's New Gov't in Israel is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hundreds demand justice for Arbery at Georgia rally Palestinians tear gassed in protests against Israeli settlements Climate activists line London's Trafalgar Square with kids' shoes More anti-lockdown protests seen in Germany as coronavirus fatigue spreads in Europe
## Energy/resources ##
Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills
The Trump administration has ended a two-year rent holiday for solar and wind projects operating on federal lands, handing them whopping retroactive bills at a time the industry is struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, according to company officials.
Pentagon legislation aims to end dependence on China for rare earth minerals UK Oil Tanker Attacked By Pirates Off Yemen Coast
COVID-19 caused estimated 38% drop in U.S. solar jobs
## Got food? ##
What will we eat in the year 2050? You can forget all the high-tech gadgetry. People will be eking out a living the old-fashioned way. And the human population will no longer be growing. -- RF 'Cows will need bred': Coronavirus is hitting the meat industry all the way up to animal breeders
## Environment/health ## Hurricanes are increasing in intensity, long-term data indicate
The maximum sustained winds of hurricanes are increasing around the world, according to an analysis of 40 years of satellite imagery published on Monday.
Coronavirus widens climate rift between European and U.S. oil majors Asthma, ADHD common among teens with vaping lung injury • Coronavirus Why East beat West on Covid-19 (Part 2) Qatar mask rule breakers face three years jail
Offenders also fined $55,000 as more than 30,000 people have tested positive in the tiny Gulf country New Zealand to roll out 'digital diary' app to help people track movements WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe
The World Health Organization has bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent evaluation of how it managed the international response to the coronavirus Italy and Spain begin to reopen after coronavirus lockdown, rest of Europe to follow suit 'Something we've never seen before': Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus Global trial to assess chloroquine against COVID-19 in health workers Cross Immunity, Nicotine Patches And Other New Covid-19 Science
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Fired State Department IG probed Trump's Saudi arms deals Facebook Removes Record Number Of 'Hate Speech' Posts Partisanship Aside, Trump Had Reason to Fire Michael Atkinson, Say Two Former CIA Whistleblowers
What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine
Considering the number of UN resolutions that Israel has violated throughout the years – the perpetual occupation of Palestine, the siege on Gaza, and the elaborate system of apartheid imposed on Palestinians, finding Israel guilty of war crimes, among others "serious crimes" should be a straightforward matter.
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
US Military Planners Advise Expanded Online Psychological Warfare against China
Just three years ago, Americans had a neutral view of China (and nine years ago it was strongly favorable). Today, the same polls show that 66 percent of Americans dislike the country.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The world in straight lines: Why we are not ready for discontinuities

## Japan ## Increasing mood seen for revising long-standing Japan-U.S. SOFA
At least 160 written statements have been submitted by municipal and prefectural assemblies asking for a revision of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which grants broad privileges to the U.S. armed forces in Japan.
Japan slips into recession, slump set to worsen as pandemic wreaks havoc SoftBank posts record $13 billion operating loss as tech bets slide SoftBank to raise over $11 billion for buybacks using Alibaba shares SoftBank's Son hopes 'winged unicorns' can save crumbling tech empire Japan looks set to follow other nations with a coronavirus-induced rise in divorces Mt Fuji to be closed to all climbers in summer due to pandemic New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5, none reported in Osaka COVID-19 Sends Apparel Maker Renown into Bankruptcy
## China ##
'Superpower marathon': U.S. may lead China in tech right now — but Beijing has the strength to catch up Why new U.S. rules on selling chips to Huawei could be a 'big blow' for the Chinese tech giant China Hits Back at New U.S. Restrictions on Huawei Wuhan lab staff should clear up coronavirus rumours and lies and defend institute's name, says scientist China sends special investigation team to Israel after ambassador's death China emerges as potential strain on US-Israel relationship
## UK ##
Britain's rail network adds more trains amid crowding worries
Doctors raise hopes of blood test for children with coronavirus-linked syndrome
UK plans £38m centre to start production of coronavirus vaccine
Harry Dunn's mother says UK must 'stand up to US' and refuse extradition requests UK death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises 160 to 34,796
## US ##
Powell says GDP could shrink more than 30%, but he doesn't see another Depression Thousands defer plans to leave the military during crisis J.C. Penney says it plans to close nearly 29% of stores – or 242 locations – as part of its bankruptcy More than 8% of U.S. mortgages now in forbearance: MBA weekly survey Uber requires masks for riders and drivers, plans to lay off 3,000 more Significant hurdles remain for an auto industry recovery as Detroit plants reopen 'Tidal Wave' Of Delinquent Mortgages Set To Surpass Great Recession COVID-19: Trump Calls Legally Protected Whistleblowing a 'Racket' as Fired Scientist Rips President
Dr. Rick Bright — who was fired from his post at Department of Health and Human Services last month — condemned the White House's response to the Covid-19 pandemic as fatally slow, disjointed and inadequate. • Coronavirus Trump says he's taking hydroxychloroquine, unproven drug he's touted for COVID-19 U.S. coronavirus cases top 1.5 million, infections rise in some southern states Texas reports largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases
And finally... Alleged thieves wore watermelons over heads at grocery store

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ## Third Mega-Crisis in 12 Years: Eurozone Economy Plunges at Fastest Rate on Record
First the Global Financial Crisis, then the Euro Debt Crisis, now the Big One.
Coronavirus could deliver $8.8 trillion hit to global economy without government intervention, ADB says
Residents of Bogota slum facing eviction despite quarantine Saudi wealth fund boosts U.S. holdings with stakes in Citi, Boeing, Facebook Italian PM Conte says Fiat Chrysler entitled to seek state-backed loan Zombie J.C. Penney Finally Files for Bankruptcy, in Deal with Distressed Debt Funds. Stock and Some Bonds Wiped Out
Investors bet on this outcome for years. Covid-19 just sped it up by a few months. Department Stores Are Toast. March Saw Biggest Drop in Foreigners' Treasury Pile This Century Pandemic Bills Are So Big That Only Money-Printing Can Pay Them Amazon Hit From All Sides As Crisis Highlights Growing Power Thyssenkrupp in talks with peers over steel business: source Monetary metals will soar as currencies are printed to oblivion
## Airline death spiral ## Emirates Considers Cutting 30,000 Jobs, Retire A380s Faster Post-coronavirus travel 'will be as enjoyable as open-heart surgery,' Dubai Airports CEO says
Canada's Trudeau to look at possible further aid for airlines, after Air Canada layoffs
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ## Why a microwave-beam experiment will launch aboard the Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane This is also likely a test of high-powered microwaves as a space-based weapon. The military would like to have something which could fry a whole city or military base. -- RF Iran Warns Against US Acts of Piracy on Shipments to Venezuela Mapping Militarism
David Swanson, from World BEYOND War, presents a new collection of maps, on subjects ranging from wars and weapons to money and law. Kim Jong Un Dumps North Korea's Spy Chief, Top Bodyguard In Major Shakeup Congress enables Israeli impunity at ICC Netanyahu's new Israeli government approved, eyes West Bank annexations Trump says US will beat out Russia and China with 'super duper missile' 8 more sailors aboard US ship test positive a 2nd time Afghan president and rival announce power-sharing agreement
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ## 'Selfish and proud,' declare US anti-lockdown protesters Coronavirus: Inside the UK's biggest anti-lockdown protest Michigan Coronavirus Cases Jump By Over 1,000 As Armed Anti-Lockdown Protesters Shut Down Capitol TV Reporter Hounded by New York Anti-Lockdown Protesters in Viral Video ReOpen Maryland protesters demand full opening of state 'Reopen California' Protesters Plan Demonstration Outside Gov. Newsom's Home Burning national flags in Germany now a hate crime Alarm in Germany as 'corona demos' take off
## Energy/resources ##
End Game for Green Utopia Very interesting reading the calculations, but you can forget about serious initiatives at making any such efforts because humans always strive toward maximum convenience and maximum extravagance. And people in any country will vote for the candidates who promise them the most convenience and extravagance. Even in non-democratic countries, leaders know they must provide a certain measure of convenience and extravagance to maintain their own legitimacy. The only way to achieve real change is to wait for the inevitable collapse. -- RF Giant oil field decline rates and peak oil Since the 1960s, the world has consumed more oil than what has been discovered, and the average size of new oil fields has declined, leaving us heavily dependent on the original giant oil fields discovered over 50 years ago.
## Got food? ##
Refrigerated trucks used as morgues during coronavirus pandemic can transport food again, FDA says 'Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics' Iran may use military against locusts threatening crops Fruit Trenches: Cultivating Subtropical Plants in Freezing Temperatures China urges food companies to boost supplies on fears of further COVID-19 disruption In Mexico, one of world's biggest food markets stirs unease about infections It's a wet market. -- RF
## Environment/health ##
'Ozone Friendly' Chemicals Are Polluting the Environment Trump administration reportedly set to restore partial funding to World Health Organization Tropical Storm Arthur? Conditions set stage for early start to season Leopards spotted in Pakistan capital's park as virus clears way
Leopards, jackals and other creatures living in Islamabad's tree-covered hills have been enjoying a rare respite from the throngs of hikers and joggers that normally pack the trails. When humans pull back, other species can flourish. -- RF
Antibiotics: Big Ag's Can of Worms Industrial agriculture puts humans in contact with scores of animals in cramped conditions, which is ideal for disease transfer. But that's only one of the health dangers it causes. A Chinese rocket weighing 18 tons falls to Earth as space junk crisis hits a tipping point Sanitation workers battle higher waste levels in residential areas as coronavirus outbreak persists Laos to press ahead with 'destructive' new dam on Mekong • Coronavirus Do the Most Severe Lockdowns Coincide to the Highest COVID-19 Death Rates? As Australia slowly relaxes lockdown, Victoria battles COVID-19 clusters Why East beat West on Covid-19
East Asia has handled and contained the pandemic far better than the West on nearly all metrics Koyambedu: India's coronavirus cluster at a vegetable market Coronavirus: A third of hospital patients develop dangerous blood clots As death toll passes 300,000, US-China discord hampers search for Covid-19's origin Trump Unveils Plan That Would See Big Pharma Reap Massive Profits from COVID-19 Vaccine
President Trump has revealed a plan to mobilize the US military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country, coupled with Operation Warp Speed, a "Manhattan project-style" race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia's Coronavirus Cases Rise By 9,200, Signaling Potential Slowdown Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil Bolsonaro snaps photos with kids at Brazil protest defying health advice Coronavirus deaths, cases surge in Brazil as other nations stabilize Italy to reopen shops, restaurants as lockdown eases further
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Documents Show NSO Group Is Pitching Its Malware To US Local Law Enforcement Agencies Washington's Phase 2 of coronavirus recovery requires restaurants to keep daily log of customers The restaurants must maintain that log for 30 days, including telephone and email contact information and the time they were in the restaurant. Appeal Demands Sweden Probe Misdeeds in Assange Case
A Scandinavian group has launched an appeal to the Swedish government to investigate misdeeds in the investigation of sexual allegations against Julian Assange. Facial recognition firms are scrambling to see around face masks Chinese Ambassador To Israel Found Dead In His Home - A Timeline

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China
Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check. Foreign Policy Sees 'Repression' in Vietnam's Fight Against Coronavirus Profiting from Coronavirus
On 5 May, the British security services released to their pet media the claim that Russia, China and Iran were attempting to hack into British research institutes conducting coronavirus research. The BBC reported it. Britain's shameful copy and paste media all, without exception, just copy and pasted the government press release.
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Sergey Young: Will Technology Save Us?
Living with bunker builders: doomsday prepping in the age of coronavirus
## Japan ##
Covid-19 exposes Sony's bloated empire
Sony's profits down 57% in first quarter while activist investor bays for a non-core asset sell-off Japan COVID-19 doctors lack fresh masks, hazard pay: union survey Abe: Need to brace for 2nd, 3rd wave of infections Japan's hospitals struggle with nursing shortage amid pandemic European coronavirus variant now drives global spread Japan reports 57 new cases, 19 deaths on Saturday
## China ##
Crowds at Wuhan clinics fear coronavirus testing could rekindle disease
The peril of human-animal chimera experiments
China is thus viewed as a dumping ground and giant test tube for all kinds of dangerous and ethically controversial research outlawed by Western countries, similar to how it became a dumping ground for recyclable waste in past decades.
China asks United States to stop 'unreasonable suppression' of Huawei A Huge Fleet Of 117 Tankers Is Bringing Super Cheap Crude To China China central bank should shun risky bond buying as economy improves: adviser
## UK ##
UK researchers test dogs' ability to sniff out COVID-19 British police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing UK's confirmed COVID-19 death toll rises to 34,466, up 468 British grocer Tesco's slavery review reports abuses in Malaysia UK to invest up to 93 million pounds in new coronavirus vaccine centre
Wild white storks hatch in UK for first time in hundreds of years HS2 'badly off course' with bosses 'blindsided', MPs say
## US ## The Long Winter: Number of people filing for unemployment insurance hits 36.4 million and unemployment rate at highest level since the Great Depression
The Fed Hasn't Spent a Dime Yet for Main Street Versus $735 Billion for Wall Street Powell Warns Recovery May Stretch to the End of 2021 British university study confirms gold market manipulation protects U.S. assets Pompeo fires State Department watchdog critical of Trump moves Fed warns of 'significant' financial vulnerabilities from pandemic
How Can Trump Still Win The Election? Oil Price Crash Leads To Large Drop In U.S. Fixed Investment J.C. Penney store closings coming: Retailer trying to avoid liquidation in Chapter 11 bankruptcy As JC Penney goes bankrupt, some question if it should continue to operate The Trump administration has recently removed 4 inspectors general. Here are the ousted watchdogs Economic Virus Shock Crushes America's Working Poor, Fed Finds It's trying times for U.S. auto suppliers as plants reopen — the industry needs at least $20 billion A Look At The Great Depression Through The Sears Catalog • Coronavirus FDA suspends Gates-backed at-home COVID-19 testing program New COVID-19 cases in New York coming from people leaving home, Cuomo says I sent masks to health workers but the Trump administration seized them instead of helping

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Foxconn's first-quarter profit tumbles almost 90% on coronavirus fallout Coronavirus forces HSBC to cut global growth forecasts, again Brazil's much-needed economic reforms are being blown off course by the coronavirus W.T.O. Chief Quits Suddenly, Adding to Global Turmoil U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers as China eyes retaliation U.S. extends temporary general license for Huawei China ready to put Apple, other U.S. companies in 'unreliable entity list': Global Times US Industrial Production Declines Most in 101 Years GDPNow Forecasts the US Economy Shrank by a Record 42%
Germany Plunges Into Recession With Biggest Slump in Decade Gold Hits New Record Highs On Currency Debasement, Brexit and U.S. China Risks
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Vice Media Lays Off 155 Employees With Deepest Cuts in Digital Group

## Airline death spiral ##
Face masks on the fly: Las Vegas airport adds PPE vending machines
Cathay Pacific loses money, flags 'very bleak' outlook Airline industry not likely to recover for at least a year: Southwest CEO Virgin Atlantic won't resume flights until August if UK introduces quarantine - source United Airlines only needs 3,000 of 25,000 flight attendants in June - sources Belgium tells Lufthansa state aid possible if conditions met
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Hypersonic weapons test facility approved by Texas A&M
India Inks $900M Deal For Sikorsky Sub-Hunting Helos As Tensions With China Spike Russia: No Indication US Willing to Extend New START After Expiration China Rejects US Talk of Sanctioning Iran at UN US on track to pull troops from Afghanistan despite turmoil Sailors on sidelined carrier get virus for second time
Five sailors on the aircraft carrier sidelined in Guam due to a COVID-19 outbreak have gotten the virus for the second time and have been taken off the ship
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Facebook Groups Seek Michigan Governor to be Hanged, Beheaded
A glimpse into the fault lines that will tear the USA apart. -- RF
## Energy/resources ##
Another 1,000 Texas Oil & Gas Jobs Vanish Will covid-19 delay peak oil? USGS says Powder River Basin has 35 years of coal left, not 250 The Great EROEI Scam: Are renewables a good idea? It's true that EROI values can be manipulated one way or the other. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. If renewable-energy advocates really believe this civilization can be supported by renewables, they should demonstrate it by, for example, passing the self-replication test. -- RF China Backs Down, Pulls Survey Vessel From Malaysian Waters Petrobras Expects Permanent Damage To Oil Demand As It Writes Off Billion U.S. oil & gas rig count plunges to record low for second week: Baker Hughes
## Got food? ##
India's farmers gather record wheat crop, but cannot move it Hunger could be more deadly than coronavirus in poorer countries Soaring Prices, Rotting Crops: Coronavirus Triggers Global Food Crisis
## Environment/health ## Radiation From Cellphones, Wi-Fi Is Hurting the Birds and the Bees; 5G May Make It Worse
The coronavirus pandemic is causing a mental health crisis, the UN warns Lawsuit: US plan for Indiana forest could taint water supply
Environmental groups and officials in a southern Indiana county are suing the U.S. Forest Service over a plan to burn or harvest parts of the Hoosier National Forest Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities, Rutgers research reaffirms
New research by Rutgers scientists reaffirms that modern sea-level rise is linked to human activities and not to changes in Earth's orbit. `We are desperate': French hospital staff confront Macron
French nurses and doctors have faced off with President Emmanuel Macron at a leading Paris hospital, demanding higher pay and more investment in their once-renowned medical system Poorer, racially diverse neighborhoods more likely to lose health facilities (US) • Coronavirus Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 300,000: Reuters tally "Game-changer": COVID patients given malaria drug didn't see significant improvements: studies Japan lifts emergencies for most regions; New Zealand ends lockdown You can catch coronavirus through your eyes. A virologist fears that's how he got it. Cats, Aerosols And Life Years Lost - Some New Covid-19 Science (roundup from MoA) The recent finding about cats has huge implications. Will Americans who demand that China close its wet markets first demand the extermination of all domestic cats in the US? Since cats are extremely numerous and live in the homes of their humans, they pose a far greater threat than wildlife sold at wet markets. -- RF
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
New Documents From the Sham Prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn Also Reveal Broad Corruption in the Russiagate Investigations
How the COVID-19 Bailout Gave Wall Street a No-Lose Casino
While ordinary Americans face record unemployment and loss, the COVID-19 bailout has saved the very rich 'The American friends': New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange
An exclusive investigation by The Grayzone reveals new details on the critical role Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands played in an apparent CIA spying operation targeting Julian Assange, and exposes the Sands  security staff who helped coordinate the malicious campaign.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Globalization and Financialization Are Dead, and so Is Everything That Depended on Them 
Financialization was never sustainable, and neither was the destructive globalization it enabled.
## Japan ##
86 percent of schools in Japan remain closed Japan lifts state of emergency in most prefectures Japan's Rakuten 5G launch delayed due to coronavirus
## China ##
Class and the coronavirus: as China's wealthy cut back on life's luxuries, the nation's poorest are in a fight for survival China local government debt could hit record high as Beijing front-loads more bonds Battered by COVID-19, Chinese Cinemas Prepare to Reboot Business Coronavirus: China's 'rice bowls' cracking as big home appliance maker speeds up job cuts
Fearing second wave, China's Wuhan ramps up coronavirus tests
## UK ##
Nearly one million self-employed Britons apply for aid: The Sun Coronavirus outbreaks reported in a third of care homes RSPB flooded with reports of birds of prey being killed Activists urge tenants hit by coronavirus crisis to stop paying rent Almost half of UK firms could run out of money within six months London streets to go car-free to encourage walking and cycling
## US ##
GDP could decline by 42% in the second quarter, according to the Atlanta Fed Long-struggling JC Penney files for bankruptcy as coronavirus crushes hopes for a quick turnaround One in 4 restaurants won't re-open after pandemic, study says Veterans Exposed in Cold War Bioweapons Testing Still Awaiting Answers Coronavirus pummels U.S. retail sales, industrial production
Rural communities without a hospital struggle to fight rising coronavirus cases, deaths
The big chains will be the last survivors without more stimulus relief, Jim Cramer warns Truckers honk over shipping rates, not 'in favor of' Trump
President Donald Trump says the sound of truck horns just south of the White House is a "sign of love" for him from truckers Phones at real estate offices in southern Connecticut are 'ringing off the hook,' governor says Some people have predicted that there will be a mass exodus from New York City, with current residents deciding to flee the city because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mike Bloomberg plots spending blitz to support Joe Biden's run for president Study finds 44% of U.S. unemployment applicants have been denied or are still waiting Here's What Collapsed, Spiked, or Hung On in 12 Charts of Retail Sales (Yes, Department Stores Were Already Toast)
Lockdown-flouting speakeasies popping up throughout Manhattan Watch: Gaffes Pile Up During Bumbling Biden "Virtual Roundtable" The candidates are a senile neoliberal and a know-nothing narcissist. The choice is a sign of America in terminal decline. -- RF • Coronavirus CDC reports 1,384,930 coronavirus cases, 83,947 deaths Sixth confirmed Amazon worker dies amid calls for the company to release data on coronavirus infections Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx wear masks, Trump doesn't in address on coronavirus vaccines The president has steadfastly refused to wear a mask in recent weeks, despite new White House guidelines that require those around them to do so. Social distancing in US drops significantly from height of COVID-19 pandemic, poll finds With over 200 possible cases, doctors warn reports of rare, coronavirus-linked child inflammatory illness likely to rise Texas sees 1,000 new coronavirus cases 5 days in a row

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Asian stocks drop as virus recovery begins to look distant
Intelsat files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy From Opera To Bread Line: Italy's Surge In The 'New Poor' Jeff Bezos could become world's first trillionaire, and many people aren't happy about it Panic Sets In: Fed Promotes More Free Money Australia saw overseas visitors fall 99% in April amid coronavirus lockdown Fresh Crisis Looms for India Shadow Banks After Fund Shuts
## Airline death spiral ##
Narita Airport saw record-low number of travelers during Golden Week Temperature checks, masks the new normal for air travel, says Dubai airport CEO Delta, others wrestle with too many planes, too many pilots Delta to retire Boeing 777s as pandemic dims outlook for international travel
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Japan could carry the day in a US-China conflict China, Australia edge towards Covid-19 trade war If this is about China's handling of the virus epidemic in China, then Australia should investigate the US, whose handling of the crisis has been abysmal from the get-go. -- RF US Space Force To Begin Warfare Training For Operators World Spent $73 Billion on Nuclear Arms in 2019; US Spent Half of That Trump On F-35: 'We Should Make Everything' In US Trump says he doesn't want to talk to Xi right now, could even cut China ties
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protester with ax involved in clash at Michigan rally against stay-at-home orders
Protesters rally against Israel government
## Energy/resources ##
Is EIA Data Disguising A Disastrous Decline In U.S. Shale?
Oil Prices: Is OPEC In A Death Spiral? Coronavirus Continues To Drain Industry
Renewable Energy Sector Sheds 600,000 Jobs In Pandemic US fossil fuel giants set for a coronavirus bailout bonanza
## Got food? ##
Millions of older Americans face food insecurity Ag Nightmare Could Result In "Corn Mountain" As Prices Collapse

## Environment/health ##
Fruits, tea, red wine may help fend off Alzheimer's disease Amazon Could Be Next Virus Hot Zone: Scientist Americans should start preparing their lawsuits against Brazil. -- RF • Coronavirus Simply talking in confined environments could lead to coronavirus transmission, researchers say By using lasers, scientists found that one minute of talking loudly can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for over 8 minutes. Drugmaker Roche in talks with UK government to roll out coronavirus antibody test kits Kawasaki disease-like symptoms identified in Italian children with COVID-19 'Superbugs' are a hidden danger in the fight against coronavirus, says former CDC director Coronavirus transmissible between domestic cats, Japan-U.S. study shows 'This virus may never go away,' WHO says
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. COVID-19 at least 10 times deadlier than typical flu, analysis finds Second waves are plaguing Asia's virus recovery Coronavirus vaccine could be ready by this time next year, says EU drugs agency

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## NYT Falsely Blames Russia For Cyberattack Committed By British Hacker
Worker monitoring tools see surging growth as companies adjust to stay-at-home orders Rapture: Top 6 Reasons Trump & Pompeo are Blessing Israel's new Annexationist Government The Senate just voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant US military offers condolences over Iran accident killing 19 Rank hypocrisy. -- RF FBI Accidentally Unmasks Saudi Link to 9/11 Hijackers
Trump carries on the obstruction, as victims' families fight tooth and nail to expose the Kingdom's complicity. The US concealment attempt itself appears to be complicity in 9/11. There's still plenty of room to ask more questions. Instead of attaching the label "crackpot conspiracy theorist" to people who suspect American involvement, we should make this a legitimate area of inquiry and see where it leads. -- RF Virus-tracing apps must not be used for mass surveillance: EU says COVID-19 contact-tracing apps must only be used during the pandemic and will need to be automatically de-activated once the crisis is over, EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders said on Thursday in a bid to allay concerns over state surveillance. France to impose digital tax this year regardless of any new international levy
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
F-35 pilot's helmet costs as much as a supercar
## Japan ##
Police: Number of illegal drone flights soars to record heights Japan Panel Approves Plans to Lift Virus Emergency for 39 Prefectures Coronavirus concerns overwhelming Japan's suicide hotlines Tokyo begins sewage study for signs of COVID-19 spread Japan economy watcher sentiment hits record low in April amid pandemic Japanese Firms in Unprecedented Crisis due to Coronavirus
## China ##
Global funds invest more in China as coronavirus spreads to the rest of the world China considers retaliation for US coronavirus lawsuits, Global Times says After coronavirus pandemic, Chinese students grapple with first economic downturn of their lives
## UK ##
Lloyd's of London to pay up to $4.3 billion in coronavirus claims Councils in England fear they will have to make cuts of 20% Anti-Asian hate crimes up 21% in UK during coronavirus crisis Coronavirus news – live: '100% accurate' antibody test approved for use in UK as worldwide deaths near 300,000 Coronavirus: Commuters returning to work likely to trigger fresh epidemic, study warns Coronavirus: real care home death toll double official figure, study says
## US ##
1 million New Yorkers could be evicted under COVID without city assistance: Report Without wearing a mask, Trump tours Pennsylvania mask distribution center
Trump says schools should 'absolutely open' this fall, says Fauci did not give 'acceptable answer' When science met politics. -- RF Trump extends U.S. telecom supply chain order aimed at Huawei, ZTE Storm clouds gather over U.S. stocks as hopes of quick recovery fade Seven weeks into coronavirus lockdowns, Fed has a new, darker message Why the United States might not open up to international travelers any time soon GM self-driving unit Cruise cuts jobs as pandemic hits sector Second layoffs, backlogs wave keeps U.S. jobless claims elevated Americans got $48 billion in unemployment benefits last month. It could have been double Private jet company founded by Trump donor gets $27 million bailout Record drop in retail sales expected for April, as Americans cut spending on most nonessentials Nearly 40% of the poorest households hit with a job loss during pandemic, Fed study shows Week 8 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Nearing a Previously Unthinkably Deep Bottom? First the Freight Recession, Now Covid-19: Trucking & Rail Freight Collapses. Is This the Bottom? California faces 'jaw dropping' unemployment, requiring more federal loans, Newsom says
• Coronavirus Coronavirus government response updates: Ousted vaccine chief testifies 'Americans deserve the truth'
Politics "trumps" science. -- RF The two big reasons why California is struggling to control coronavirus

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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
More than 300 lawmakers urge IMF, World Bank to cancel poor countries' debt Maersk warns global container demand to shrink this year Travel group TUI burning 250 million euros cash a month: CEO Governments issued more debt than ever last month. How worried should we be? Europe nears crisis plan for public stakes in key companies - sources UK GDP shrinks by record 5.8% in March, harder COVID hit ahead Amid pandemic, the world's working poor hustle to survive A hopelessly corrupt financial system plus historic bubbles -- Got gold? Negative Rates Bets Are Going Global to Ire of Central Banks
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Nissan plans $2.8 billion in cuts as part of restructuring plan: Bloomberg
## Airline death spiral ##
Contact tracing, temperature checks and masks: airline industry outlines new norms DOT again warns airlines over ticket refunds after 'unprecedented' surge in complaints during pandemic Airbus examining restructuring including job cuts -sources Airlines need to lower carbon emissions when flights resume - PM Johnson
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israel's Netanyahu, armed with a new mandate, sets his sights on West Bank annexation Russia slams U.S. assertion at U.N. that it remains party to Iran nuclear deal Trump administration wants to have its cake and eat it, too. -- RF US To Israel: No More Chinese Deals; Pompeo's Flying Visit
Israeli officials said the message relayed during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's hours-long visit included a very specific political warning – Israel must stop any action that strengthens the Chinese Communist Party, even if that means canceling projects already planned. FBI probes Mexican, European firms over Venezuela oil trading - sources
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
'Calls to violence': Michigan Gov. Whitmer says armed protests could lengthen stay-at-home order

## Energy/resources ##
Has Demand For Oil Already Peaked? Global Oil Demand Could Take Years To Recover
Why We Still Can't Deliver on the Promise of Hydrogen Cars
## Got food? ##
US grocery costs jump the most in 46 years, led by rising prices for meat and eggs Food Price Spike Raises Questions Over ECB Inflation Gauge Thousands of hungry people line up for food in South Africa

## Environment/health ## Microplastics are everywhere, study finds
Microplastics are everywhere—including in our drinking water, table salt and in the air that we breathe.
Forget murder hornets. Here come giant gypsy moths from Asia. Missouri River Drought Was Its Worst in 1,200 Years, Study Finds
Coronavirus closures could lead to a radical revolution in conservation When humans pull back, other species flourish. -- RF Tropical storm could form off the East Coast this weekend before hurricane season even begins One-third of humans could live in hottest Sahara conditions by 2070, study says • Coronavirus UK researchers try to crack genetic riddle of COVID-19 Is the New Coronavirus Airborne? A Study From China Finds Evidence Uber to require drivers, riders to wear masks around the world U.S. accuses China-linked hackers of stealing coronavirus research Most people go to work with flu-like symptoms, survey shows Mexico sees 353 deaths in most lethal coronavirus day: health ministry
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
In court filing, FBI accidentally reveals name of Saudi official suspected of directing support for 9/11 hijackers
France to force web giants to delete some content within the hour Guaidó's mercenary hit contract on Venezuela's Maduro mirrors official US bounty, authorizes death squad killings
The leaked contract between Juan Guaidó and the Silvercorp USA mercenary firm closely resembles a DEA bounty placed on the head of President Nicolas Maduro and members of his inner circle this March. The deal tacitly authorizes the elimination of working class Venezuelans in proposed death squad activities.
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ## How The Trump Administration Inserts 'Blame China' Propaganda Into Main Stream Media Manipulated interpretations of diplomatic cables and evidence-free claims about allegedly existing evidence were also used in warmongering campaigns about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and chemical attacks in Syria. The neo-conservatives are now using the same old tricks against China.
Corporate Media Don't Think Americans Paid to Invade Venezuela Count as Mercenaries

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ## The Collapse of Main Street and Local Tax Revenues Cannot Be Reversed Understanding Our Pandemic – Economy Predicament
The world's number one problem today is that the world's population is too large for its resource base. What the Pandemic Revealed: a Morally Bankrupt Culture
By stripping fraud and predation of moral consequence, we've covered the putrid rot with a thoroughly modern amorality which we can summarize as anything goes and winner takes all. Monopoly, quasi-monopoly and cartels (i.e. Warren Buffett's entire portfolio) are presented as the natural order of things rather than an evil construct of predation and exploitation that benefits the few at the expense of the many.
## Japan ##
Las Vegas Sands ends plans to open Japan integrated resort casino project Sony reports 57% drop in fourth-quarter profit, declines to give outlook JFE Suffers Record Net Loss on Blast Furnace Shutdown Troubled Rokkasho nuclear fuel processing plant approved by regulators A tale of two Japanese drugs in tests to fight COVID-19 Sony braces for lowest profit in four years, hit broadly by coronavirus

## China ##
Blast and Furious: Battery Fires Add to China's EV Woes Although experts have suggested electric vehicles aren't any less safe than their gas-powered counterparts, five fires in less than two weeks hasn't been good for optics. What is China's cryptocurrency-like sovereign digital currency and why is it not like bitcoin? China seeks to make coronavirus testing part of the new normal
## UK ##
Three British nuclear programs are $1.67 billion over budget Aston Martin posts deep loss as coronavirus outbreak hits sales UK economy shrinks 5.8% in March, most on record US signals Sacoolas decision final as Labour calls for inquiry
The US Department of State has said the decision to refuse an extradition request for Harry Dunn's alleged killer was final, after an Interpol red notice was issued for her arrest. Sadiq Khan warns of coronavirus crime rise if poverty not tackled Giant hogweed: UK risks losing fight against toxic plant, experts warn UK's confirmed COVID-19 death toll rises by 494 to 33,186 UK says 110,000 applied for self-employed income scheme after launch

## US ##
Resurgent Wall Street disconnected from reality on the ground JC Penney in talks for $450 million loan as it eyes Friday bankruptcy filing Difficult jobs market may spark radical, multiyear shift in Americans' spending habits: Barclays top economist Urban air quality improves as coronavirus empties U.S. highways: NOAA Shoppers begin to shift from stockpiling to penny pinching at the grocery store Here's where people are turning for cash as household income takes a dive What negative interest rates would mean for your wallet April grocery store prices made highest jump in more than 40 years U.S. Marriage Rate Hits Historic Low Social Security recipients could be in for a rude awakening • Coronavirus U.S. government officials worry about return of dual citizens if Mexico's pandemic worsens Researchers revise U.S. COVID-19 death forecast upward again Analysis: We Knew The Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

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[l] at 5/12/20 6:04pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Oil Price War Puts Entire Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia At Risk Thyssenkrupp warns of massive third-quarter loss as COVID-19 adds to pain Toyota's FY 2020 Operating Profit Estimated to Plunge 79.5 Pct Coronavirus: Italy's industrial production collapses by 28% as economy shuts down to deal with pandemic Airbnb Gets Disrupted. Hosts, "Super-Hosts" Try to Survive. Apartments in Prime Locations Suddenly Flood Rental Market
Big driver behind soaring rents — the "Airbnb effect" that removed countless properties from global cities' long-term rental markets — reverses.
UK inflation could go negative, would not be damaging deflation - BoE's Broadbent Norway Takes $41 Billion From Oil Fund To Bolster Economy Brazil services activity falls a record 6.9% in March - IBGE
## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Hyatt to restructure and lay off 1,300 employees Uber uses Zoom to layoff about 3,700 as coronavirus pandemic puts brakes on business
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Indians using more cash this year, says report

## Airline death spiral ## Boeing CEO predicts coronavirus pandemic will claim a major U.S. airline. He didn't name names
Nervous about a packed plane? United to notify passengers facing 'full' flights, offer options Afghan airlines at risk of collapse, taking women's jobs with them Ryanair to recommend face masks on board, ban toilet queues PPE chic takes off at Asia's trend-setter airlines
'Fashion for calamity' is all the rage these days as airline crews dress for a new Covid-19 inspired era of global aviation U.S. airlines tell crews not to force passengers to wear masks Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time
Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable. Boeing goes another month without a single airliner order
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Foreign Minister hands protest letter to Indian Ambassador over India's encroachment of Nepali territory Bulging deficits may threaten prized Pentagon arms projects China's Belt and Road keeps steaming ahead in Laos
Covid-19 pandemic has not slowed Beijing's increasingly crucial plan to build a railway connecting China to mainland SE Asia The US Navy returns to an increasingly militarized Arctic Some F-35 suppliers are having trouble delivering parts on schedule, and Turkey's departure could make that worse Zarif: US has proven to be untrustworthy negotiation partner
## Migrants/refugees ##
Greek migrant hotel ransacked in latest tensions over relocations

## Energy/resources ##
Some Shale Drillers Restart Shut-In Wells
Coal Is Collapsing Faster Than Ever, Leaving U.S. Power Cleaner
## Got food? ##
Costlier Food Hits Latin America's Poor and Adds to Unrest Risk Rising temperatures to accelerate growth of damaging plant pathogen
## Environment/health ##
Zika virus linked to significant developmental delays Gap between urban, rural heart disease death rates doubles Baby boom unlikely after pandemic lockdowns, study says Brazilian Amazon deforestation hits new Jan-Apr high
• Coronavirus Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body Brazil cities lurch to lockdowns amid virus crisis red flags UK's COVID-19 death toll tops 40,000, worst in Europe Coronavirus epidemiologist Q&A: 'We're just in the second inning of a nine-inning game' Smoking, COPD as much as double risk for severe COVID-19 New lockdown in Iran after coronavirus spike: Live updates Brazil's President Bolsonaro must 'drastically change course' on Covid-19, says The Lancet Dr. Anthony Fauci says there's 'virtually no chance' that COVID-19 will be eradicated
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
You're Being Conditioned to Live in a "Smart City" – Resist It US Risks Losing 5G Standard Setting Battle To China, Experts Say Venezuelan TV Exposed Failed Incursion Over a Month Before It Happened
Guaido advisers quit following bungled Venezuela raid Congress presses Trump for answers on botched Venezuela 'invasion'

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Family of ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela says men likely believed they were trying to liberate the oppressed
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
It Is Much Worse Than You Are Being Told

## Japan ##
Toyota expects annual operating profit to drop 80% as virus saps car sales Japan to approve its first antigen coronavirus test kits Mercury rises as Japan sees midsummer heat in May Mitsubishi Electric's Net Profit Estimated to Dive Over 50 Pct Patients testing positive again for COVID-19, baffling experts
## China ##
China's Wuhan plans city-wide testing for coronavirus over period of 10 days: sources Chinese hawks call for fresh US trade talks China's strategic interest in the Arctic goes beyond economics China's factory deflation deepens as pandemic hits demand

## UK ##
P&O Ferries to cut 1,100 jobs – but owner to pay out £270m in dividends Maximum class size of 15 for England's returning school pupils Coronavirus could leave UK businesses with £105bn of unsustainable debt, banking trade body warns UK coronavirus death toll rises to 32,692, an increase of 627 UK coronavirus outbreak kills at least 20,000 in care homes - Reuters calculation UK wage subsidy scheme costing 8 billion pounds a month - Sunak
## US ## U.S. reports record $738 billion budget deficit in April
Once taboo, investors begin to imagine negative U.S. rates Donald Trump tells Chinese-American reporter Weijia Jiang to 'ask China' about coronavirus, then abruptly ends press briefing
Coronavirus crisis leads to largest U.S. consumer price decline since 2008 White House directs federal pension fund to halt investments in Chinese stocks The Bailout Is Working — for the Rich
The economy is in free fall but Wall Street is thriving, and stocks of big private equity firms are soaring dramatically higher. That tells you who investors think is the real beneficiary of the federal government's massive rescue efforts. Core consumer prices saw the largest monthly drop ever in April Is A Depression On The Way? What US Fed Officials Say About The Long-Term Impact Of Closures There is no American exceptionalism. The pandemic proves it. • Coronavirus Another study shows drug touted by Trump doesn't help coronavirus patients, but it can raise heart attack risk Jared Kushner-backed 'Project Airbridge' to be largely grounded More than 50 kids in New York City have coronavirus inflammatory syndrome, mayor says COVID-19 reaches rural America as number of cases rises Leaked data from the White House shows virus cases are spiking in clusters across the US, contradicting Trump's claims

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[l] at 5/11/20 6:06pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Richard Branson to sell 25 million shares in Virgin Galactic to battle pandemic impact Toyota to cut North American output by 29% through October Chinese investment in the U.S. drops to lowest level since global financial crisis Oil Price Crash Forces Saudi Arabia To Implement Tough Austerity Measures U.S. Depression? The V-Shaped Recovery Fades Away
## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
ECB sees no "business case" for digital currency yet: Mersch
Bitcoin Gains Ground on Gold, Bolsters Claim as the Asset of Tomorrow
## Airline death spiral ##
Packed United flight leaves passengers 'scared,' 'shocked' amid fears of the coronavirus EasyJet urges Britain to keep quarantine rules for short period Qantas pauses plane deliveries from Airbus, Boeing due to virus Wizz Air tells UK: we need more detail on quarantine BA owner says burning cash, quarantine plan will make it worse
British Airways owner IAG has exhausted every avenue to shore up its finances and is burning through cash, its CEO said on Monday, as the aviation industry warned of the fresh damage it would suffer if Britain quarantines international arrivals. Colombian airline Avianca files for bankruptcy in US court Goldman Sachs: Jet Fuel Demand Recovery Could Take Years
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Wants Release of Two Special Forces Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Invasion of Venezuela US Navy Sends Ships to Confront China, Warns China Against 'Bullying' 40 Palestinian-owned Olive Trees Cut by Israeli Settlers Report: Iran Navy Ship Hits Second Iranian Ship With Friendly Fire NATO chief backs Germany's vow to keep war-ready US nukes Beginning of the End of German Support for NATO Make way for the Greens and the Leftists. They do not want US nuclear weapons on German soil. Navy's quickly-built COVID-19 facility opens on Guam
## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrants stranded in Greece by COVID-19 fly to UK

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
The Fed Is Fueling a Revolt That It Cannot Control
It's not that hard to forecast a populist revolt against the parasitic class that's grown obscenely wealthy as a direct result of Fed policies. Hong Kong police arrest 230 at Mother's Day protests, as local media groups slam treatment of journalists covering event

## Energy/resources ##
Why Trump Is Desperate To Secure This Rare Metal (cesium) Debt-stricken Chesapeake Energy to advance incentive executive pay Oil prices fall on supply glut, fears of second virus wave More Shale Giants Forced To Cut Production As Oil Price Crisis Persists
## Got food? ##
As U.S. meat workers fall sick and supplies dwindle, exports to China soar 'Chaotic and crazy': meat plants around the world struggle with virus outbreaks Potato farmers reduce planting as demand plummets during pandemic
## Environment/health ##
Hand Sanitizer Boom Could Save The Ethanol Industry Giant Asian gypsy moth threatens trees in Washington Factory Farming Ban Proposed by Senators Booker, Warren • Coronavirus The Novel Coronavirus Went Global In November - Or Maybe Even Much Earlier
The first wide outbreak of the Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China. But recent reports suggest that the virus circulated much earlier, and not only in China, than was previously known. A close relative of SARS-CoV-2 found in bats offers more evidence it evolved naturally Asia's next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons One in four children with severe COVID-19 develops organ failure, study finds South Korea races to contain new COVID-19 outbreak tied to clubs UNICEF: Release all children in detention during pandemic WHO warns that coronavirus cases have jumped in countries that eased lockdowns
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G For Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance
While selling 5G technology to the public as a means for faster downloads, Big Wireless — comprising a web of telecom companies, lobbyists and law firms– is spending millions to lobby governments the  world over to implement the next generation of cellular technology because of its potential for data collection and surveillance of citizens. The Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair
Given Guaidó's involvement, it is impossible for Washington to wash its hands of the plot. The Trump administration is responsible for giving him what little power he has, and therefore it is responsible for his actions.
Benjamin Netanyahu suggests microchipping kids, slammed by experts
Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server
World's Super Rich Buying Pandemic Escape Mansions in New Zealand
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Plot to Blame China for COVID-19
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
We're All Preppers Now

## Japan ##
Japan eyes 2nd extra budget to combat pandemic fallout Tokyo starts doling out cash to businesses closed due to coronavirus Experts: Vaccine for coronavirus unlikely before Tokyo Olympics More than 90% of Tokyo hospital beds for COVID-19 patients filled Tokyo confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, lowest since March 30 First Japanese Ospreys arrive on home soil
## China ##
China's purchases of US goods will fall way short of 'phase one' trade deal due to the coronavirus, says think tank China under pressure to write off loans as countries struggle to repay debt during coronavirus crisis Sony suspends PlayStation Store in mainland China to upgrade security Rout of China's Bonds Worsens Amid Concerns on Surge in Issuance
## UK ##
Coronavirus fines to rise to £100 under new lockdown rules Coronavirus lockdown leads to rise in illegal use of drones Harry Dunn crash: Suspect Anne Sacoolas 'wanted internationally' UK's coronavirus death toll rises 210 to 32,065 About 136,000 people in England currently infected with COVID-19 - study Pandemic could rip 105 billion pound hole in small company finances UK plots exit from lockdown but cautions COVID-19 is here to stay
## US ##
US is risking a second coronavirus wave and a depression, economist Mark Zandi warns Semiconductor companies consider new plants in the US It will be difficult to pay the relatively high wages needed by US workers. Further, the general decline of the industrial system and deterioration of the global economy will throw up barriers to all such initiatives. -- RF U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 80,000 - Reuters tally Inspections, citations, recalls slashed: Coronavirus is testing America's food safety net
Bipartisan group of senators want $200 million in diaper assistance in next coronavirus rescue bill Why US hospitals are going bankrupt Hospitals across the United States are facing financial ruin. Plenty of money for bombing and invading other countries, little for saving lives. -- RF Mnuchin says he's comfortable spending $3 trillion because Treasury can lock in very low rates The Fed's Balance Sheet: How Big Does It Get? Donald Trump's $25 Trillion Re-election Problem • Coronavirus Pence not in quarantine, to be at White House Monday, after aide tests positive for coronavirus White House directs staff to wear masks after officials contract coronavirus Study: Virus death toll in NYC worse than official tally Trump downplays calls for greater testing, suggesting they're motivated by politics White House issues memo requiring staff to wear masks in West Wing

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[l] at 5/10/20 5:16pm
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global personal luxury goods market set to contract between 20 - 35 percent in 2020
Brazil Auto Production Crumbles In April, Down 99%
Don't do it again! The Swedish experience with negative central bank rates in 2015-2019 Are We on the Verge of a Global Financial Collapse?
As jobs disappear and our everyday lives are disrupted in the name of flattening the coronavirus curve, a picture of what tomorrow will look like is still too uncertain to make out, but all indications show that we are close to a breaking point. 'Europe needs a break': EU plots to restart travel and tourism despite COVID Brazil asks mint to work overtime as currency shortage looms Brazil's central bank to shower economy with money in case of depression: economy minister Seoul loosens purse strings as economy takes hit The Rise of the Dollar Killers Africa's Top Gold Refiner Restarts Smelter After Covid-19 'Like prisoners': Crews are still marooned aboard cruise ships mired in red tape On The "Recovery" Of Nations From Covid-19
## Airline death spiral ## Do airlines have a post-pandemic future?
Delta, citing health concerns, drops service to 10 US airports. Britain to launch 14-day quarantine for arriving travelers, airlines say Two-week quarantine will cripple us, aviation industry warns Boris Johnson Major U.S. airlines endorse temperature checks for passengers A photographer spent two weeks flying around in helicopters to capture the parked planes at US airports Emirates to raise debt as it braces for most difficult months ever Germany's Altmaier opposes active state role at Lufthansa It Gets Rough for US Airlines: Why Buffett Dumped His Airline Stocks Though There Was Blood on the Tarmac, Which Should Have Been a Buy Signal

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
USS Montgomery, USNS Cesar Chavez enter South China Sea to support drill ship As COVID-19 Grips Yemen, Saudi Warplanes Target Trucks Laden with Medical Supplies Venezuela says troops seize abandoned Colombian combat boats, weapons Air Force touts missions on top secret space plane Israel approves 7,000 new settlement units in southern West Bank
## Migrants/refugees ##
At least 140 migrants intercepted in English Channel amid bank holiday influx of boats

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Producers May Ditch Old FPSO Offshore Projects In This Downturn The Major Problem With Shutting Down Oil Wells
## Got food? ##
System Failure: Our Food System is Not Set Up to Handle a Global Crisis Union opposes reopening U.S. meat plants as more workers die America's meat shortage is more serious than your missing hamburgers
The meat supply chain is breaking down, but that's only part of the story. Economic Blow Of The Coronavirus Hits America's Already Stressed Farmers How much longer will supermarket shelves be well-stocked? -- RF More heavy rainfall hits East Africa amid locust invasion

## Solutions ##
Staying Ahead Of The Shortages: What To Stock Up On For The Coming Year

## Environment/health ## Wildlife habitat destruction and deforestation will cause more deadly pandemics like coronavirus, scientists warn Scientists say the coronavirus pandemic is the most recent instance of how human degradation of wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases. AccuWeather increases number of hurricanes predicted for 'very active' Atlantic season
Is 5G Going to Kill Us All?
A new generation of superfast wireless internet is coming soon. But no one can say for sure if it's safe.
Planet already seeing temps beyond human tolerability Coronavirus fears as China plans to protect vast mink and fox fur industry from backlash at wildlife trade Singling out China is the wrong approach, as fur farms which keep animals in crowded conditions can be found in many countries. Ditto for cattle, chickens, and other domestic animals kept in crowded conditions. -- RF 'What about COVID-20?' U.S. cuts funding to group studying bat coronaviruses in China Believe it or Not: Fighting the Coronavirus depends on Keeping our Oceans Healthy • Coronavirus Tijuana coronavirus death rate soars after hospital outbreaks Russia Is Boasting About Low Coronavirus Deaths. The Numbers Are Deceiving.
Increasing transparency by Russian officials shows that 233% more coronavirus-positive patients died in at least two regions than reported in the total count. But the country stands by its classification method. Coronavirus flare-ups in Germany, South Korea show the risks in easing restrictions China 'shocked' by U.S. reversal on U.N. coronavirus action: diplomat South Korea reports 34 new coronavirus cases, highest in a month WHO denies report of pressure to withheld info The World Health Organization has dismissed as "false allegations" a media report that it withheld information about the new coronavirus following pressure from China.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ## New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC — Twin Pillars of Russiagate Crumble
For two and a half years the House Intelligence Committee knew CrowdStrike didn't have the goods on Russia. Now the public knows too.
Venezuela Seeks Extradition of US Veteran Tied to Plot The downfall of 'Professor Lockdown': triumphs and failures of science based policies Paris Tests Face-Mask Recognition Software on Metro Riders
## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Debunking Trump's China Nonsense
Trump botched his COVID-19 response disastrously, so now he's giving anti-China conspiracy theories the full weight of the U.S. government. Syria Spinmeisters Fumble Attempts To Narrative Manage OPCW Leaks
## Japan ##
Tokyo virus tally again under 50, but nationwide deaths hit 606 Japan's ruling bloc agrees on rent relief plan for virus-hit firms Abe administration bombs in global survey on coronavirus response Chinese ships chase Japanese fishing boat near Senkaku Islands Mazda Motor seeks $2.8 billion in loans to ride out pandemic: source Japan tax revenue falls most since last June Japan's national debt renews record high
Japan plans to introduce contact-tracing app In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism

## China ##
The Secret Behind China's Battery Dominance PBoC ends quota restrictions for foreign investors China central bank to step up counter-cyclical adjustments, deepen lending rate reforms China reports first coronavirus case in Wuhan since April 3 among 14 new infections China faces historic test as pandemic stokes fears of looming unemployment crisis
China tries to calm 'nationalist fever' as calls for invasion of Taiwan grow
## UK ##
UK to place all incoming travellers under 14-day quarantine: The Times UK test-and-trace app trial on Isle of Wight 'going well': minister UK commuters face cycling or walking to work once lockdown is eased
More commuters should consider cycling or walking when Britain's coronavirus lockdown is eased to take the pressure off public transport capacity that is likely to drop by 90% under social distancing requirements, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Saturday. Harry Dunn's family call for parliamentary inquiry into death Back to work: 'capacity of transport network will be down by 90%' No end to UK lockdown but some measures will be eased, says Johnson UK's coronavirus death toll rises 269 to 31,855 - government

## US ## U.S. unemployment rate will get worse, Treasury's Mnuchin says White House considers more coronavirus aid as jobs picture worsens Federal Debt Tops $25 Trillion for First Time; Jumped $1 Trillion in Just 28 Days Have you planted your victory garden? -- RF 4 coronavirus stimulus packages. $2.4 trillion in funding. See what that means to the national debt.
No 'V'-shape return from devastating U.S. job loss, Fed policymakers say The State of the American Debt Slaves, Q1 2020 So how were consumers positioned going into this crisis? Many of them, up to their eyeballs in debt.
A 6.4 Million Discrepancy Between Employment and Unemployment To maintain "data integrity" the BLS reported a number known to be bogus. The Bailout Miscalculation That Could Crash the Economy Coronavirus: The "Rescue" Is Stealing Your Wealth
The elites get richer and we lose our jobs & future prospects Uber axes 3,700 staff as trips drop in lockdowns
A distinct possibility: 'Temporary' layoffs may be permanent
'Our life is in danger': Unemployment hits 34% in Hawaii with no end in sight American companies spent years in an economic boom. Then the coronavirus hit
US Defense Firms Hiring Thousands Amid Record Unemployment
New York State Tries to Suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo Shrug Trump administration tightens visas for Chinese reporters San Diego County unemployment estimated at 27% • Coronavirus Rare syndrome tied to COVID-19 kills three children in New York, Cuomo says U.S. to allow states to distribute Gilead's remdesivir to fight COVID-19 CDC scientists overruled in White House push to restart airport fever screenings for COVID-19 Want To Be More Like Sweden? What If We Already Are? At least 3 New York children have died from a mysterious, possibly coronavirus-related inflammatory illness which can cause heart trouble New York enacts new coronavirus protections for nursing home residents

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