Monday 24 December 2018

Today's headlines

Rick Davis

12:40 PM (1 hour ago)

 to Davis
## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Biotech swoon adds to Nasdaq's pain as bear market looms ever closer
The Nasdaq officially went into bear market territory today. Expect things to get much worse.

Police release two people arrested in Gatwick drone investigation
Failure of Anti-Drone Tests Exposes U.S. Airport Vulnerability
Counter-drone technology performed so poorly in U.S. government tests in recent years that the systems couldn’t reliably identify rogue unmanned aircraft, casting doubts on whether there’s a viable short-term solution to the intrusions that repeatedly disrupted the London airport this week.
Birmingham airport resumes services after air traffic control fault
Drones: A Rising Menace To UK Aviation

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Don’t Hold Your Breath on US Troop Withdrawal from Syria
It would be nice to think the president has final say on foreign policy, given the U.S. Constitution. But the misleading troop withdrawal announcement, followed by Trump’s boastful tweet, suggests the exact opposite, says Patrick Lawrence.
Is U.S. Geopolitical Strategy Experiencing a Monumental Shift?
The Great Saudi Muddle
Two U.S. Senate resolutions last week have resulted in a ball of confusion, one that tries to distance the U.S, from a murderous Saudi prince while at the same time demanding closer relations with the government he heads.

## Migrants/refugees ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Tower of London Beefeaters switch tunics for yellow vests
U.S. shale producers hit the brakes on 2019 spending
Electricity won’t save us from our oil problems

While intermittent wind and solar may sound sustainable, the way that they are added to the electric grid tends to push the overall electrical system toward collapse. They act like parasites on the system.
Major Iraqi power plants are dependent on Iranian natural gas supply, while Iraq also imports electricity from Iran, as Baghdad’s power generation is not enough to ensure domestic supply.

## Environment/health ##
The Link Between Social Media and Depression

## Intelligence/security/
internet/cyberwar ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Post by Craig Murray. There is some interesting speculation here for students of the Skripal affair. -- RF
Facebook censoring images of starving Yemen children

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/
unsustainability ##
Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week
Behind the Myth of China's Great Technology Grab
The issue of forced transfers is overstated. Carmakers know how to safeguard their most advanced know-how.
Chinese trade with North Korea drops by over 50 per cent despite thaw in relations

## UK ##
British nuclear archive files withdrawn without explanation

## US ##
Illinois Bleeds Population for Fifth Year in a Row
Skyrocketing debt and pension obligations make for a tough labor environment.
When Yapping No Longer Works

Markets briefly rallied on a CNBC interview with NY Fed president John Williams. It didn't last long.
Send the Mad Dog to the Corporate Kennel
“Mad Dog” Mattis was famous for quipping, “It’s fun to shoot some people.” It remains a supreme irony that Mattis was widely considered the only “adult in the room” in the Trump administration.

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