Friday, 22 February 2019

Headlines - 02.22.2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
John Bolton never met a war he didn’t like, except Vietnam. That would be the one he refused to fight in.
The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran
Mapping the American War on Terror — Now in 80 Countries, It Couldn’t Be More Global
Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin
Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
Pompeo, Pence & the Alienation of Europe
If the objective was to further isolate the U.S., the two officials could not have done a better job last week.
All Silk Roads lead to Moscow
The Russian capital is luring migrant workers from Central Asia, generating a new multiculturalism as well as cashing in on cheap labor.
Putin Warns US Against Putting Missiles in Europe to Target Russia
The unilateral US withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty has reopened the possibility of the United States positioning intermediate nuclear arms in Europe targeting Russia. This is of particular concern to Russian officials because NATO territory comes right up to the Russian border.

## War on Venezuela ##
No word on how much money producers are losing. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Interestingly, the FAT file system indication is in line with claims made by Craig Murray that were published in December 2018 in relation to how WikiLeaks had obtained the DNC leaks through a physical hand-over of the emails.
AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
Image caption Astronomy is one of the many areas of science in which machine learning is used to make discoveries
Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela
State Dept Rolls Out Social Media Campaign Fomenting Iranian Unrest
The Trump Administration has made it an established part of policy to try to spark public protests inside of Iran, with an eye toward using those protests to “prove” to the world that Iranians don’t support the government.
But don't call it meddling. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Breakdancing tipped for inclusion at Paris 2024 Olympics
Despite the increasingly onerous expense, it just keeps getting bigger. -- RF

Plunge in Japanese exports points to dark year
American investor Jim Rogers warns of severe economic downturn and forecasts grim future for Japan
Prominent American investor Jim Rogers has warned in a new book that the worst economic downturn in his lifetime is around the corner and that Japan’s future is in jeopardy unless it takes serious steps to deal with staggering debt and a declining birth rate.
The debt is a problem, but the belief that Japan needs more babies shows that Rogers is an idiot. -- RF
Shale oil is unprofitable in the US, so it's likely to be unprofitable in China, too. -- RF

## US ##
Illinois Hopes to Fix $134 Billion Pension Shortfall By Issuing More Debt
Let's Face It: The U.S. Constitution Has Failed
Elections provide the bread-and-circuses staged drama that is passed off as democracy.
It's a trick — a China-style one-party system dressed up to look like a democracy. -- RF
Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Victory for Asset Forfeiture Challenge
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
National Guard Filling Gaps in All-Volunteer Army
In the era of forever wars, recruits who are lured by substantial rewards can sign up for more than they realize.

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