Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Headlines - 12/22/2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Prime minister Matteo Renzi is trying to get growth going in Italy, but unless he can work a miracle, voters may eventually opt to leave the euro altogether
Physical gold is making a comeback in the international monetary system. Several governments and monetary authorities are aware of this and are worried about the existence of their gold reserves. I believe we are seeing the end of a game of musical chairs that will bring us a lot of bad surprises.

## Airline Death Spiral ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hundreds of laid-off teachers converged on government buildings in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu on Thursday in protest at the government's refusal to honor promises to give them civil servant status. 

## Energy/resources ##
As Michael Ruppert often observed, money just stands for energy. -- RF

## Got food? ##

## Environment/health ##

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
As this shows, the US has a far more sophisticated system for controlling the message. -- RF
As Dick Cheney famously said, "If I were in business to be popular, I suppose I'd be worried about my poll ratings and so forth. I'm not." -- RF
The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Never before has there been a system on such a scale. When world-girdling, interconnected, and highly complex financial, trade, and energy systems crash — as they certainly will — global panic and massive disruption will ensue. Before the dust settles, untold millions of innocent people will suffer and die. But bunkers are not the answer. We need to build mutually supportive networks and communities which can form the core of new socioeconomic systems. Let the rich rot in their bunkers. -- RF

## Japan ##
Forget lost decade (or two), Japan's economic growth trajectory has fallen, almost unbroken, since the end of World War II.

## China ##

## UK ##
Of Britain's 5.7 million streetlights 558,000 now being shut off at night, an eight fold increase on 2010, figures show

## US ##
Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

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