Friday 25 January 2019

Headlines - 01/25/2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
'Doom Loop' of Debt Threatens to Drag Down Australian Dollar
Delays to flights at Auckland Airport after plane has near miss with drone
Shutdown could cripple air travel, unions warn: At some point, 'the entire system will break'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US House votes overwhelmingly to bar US exit from NATO
The Coup in Venezuela Must Be Resisted
Venezuela has elections. Juan Guaido has never even been a Presidential candidate. Despite massive CIA opposition funding and interference over years as Big Oil tries to regain control of the World’s largest oil reserves, Nicolas Maduro was democratically re-elected in 2018 as President of Venezuela.

## Energy/resources ##
What’s Holding Back The Global Energy Transition
Venezuela Oil Sanctions Likely to Hit Some U.S. Refiners Hard
Refiners in Texas and Louisiana would be hard hit by sanctions on Venezuelan crude under consideration at the White House, a move that would leave U.S. oil companies struggling to find alternative supplies.
We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Iran’s looming Instagram ban shows hardliner disconnect
Instagram may join a long list of social network platforms outlawed in Iran, but students and small business owners say they can get around a ban
How about just good old greed and overpopulation? -- RF
Tonga-- Whole country cut off from Facebook, YouTube
Tonga has been plunged into virtual cyber darkness after an undersea cable broke, cutting off the Pacific island kingdom from almost all cell phone and Internet services.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Ruling Elites Love How Easily We're Distracted and Turned Against Each Other
No wonder the ruling elites love how easily we're distracted and divided against ourselves: it's so easy to dominate a distracted, divided, blinded-by-propaganda and negative emotions populace.
British and US interests worked together to fabricate a collusion scandal to subvert a US Presidency, and in doing so, intentionally raised tensions between the West and a nuclear-armed power.
South Korea’s pet industry is booming, fueled by the same factors that have made the country’s birth rate, at 1.05 births per woman, the lowest in the world: the high cost of education and housing as well as extremely long working days.

The money could better be spent at home in Japan, where some city streets are in such poor condition that you'd think your car is going to shake apart. -- RF
Spy dog?Sony says Aibo robot dog will soon be able to remotely monitor family members
Sony's puppy-sized robot dog Aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets, the Japanese electronics giant said Wednesday.

## UK ##
The increasing number of 'Victorian' diseases being treated in Leicestershire hospitals
Many of the illnesses are linked to malnutrition

## US ##
Police use DHS machines to create private DNA databases of "suspicious people"
China Might Be Bugging US Subways — But There’s a Bigger Problem
Years of neglecting public infrastructure has undercut the U.S. manufacturing base.
Net energy decline has proceeded to the point where the manufacturing base could only be returned to its former glory by taking energy from other sectors. -- RF
Until the blackouts come. -- RF
U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump
Top U.S. universities are ditching telecom equipment made by Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding under a new national security law backed by the Trump administration.

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