Saturday 30 March 2019

Headlines - 29 March, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The sign your suburb is in serious trouble
For years, construction in Australia has been booming — but the good days are well and truly over. Whether it’s private houses, dwelling units, or renovations, the numbers are all heading south.
Gold Mining Stocks Are Surging on Global Economic Fears
Taiwan's economy sluggish in February

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Bed Bath & Beyond lays off nearly 150 of its 65,000 employees

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings

## Airline death spiral ##
FAA tells U.S. Senate it would need 10,000 new employees, $1.8 billion to assume all certification

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
French envoy presses Germany on stalling arms exports
France's ambassador to Germany is pushing Berlin to loosen its restrictive stance on arms exports to Saudi Arabia, arguing Europe's fledgling defense identity depends on it.
Xiplomacy wins in Europe despite US warnings
Economic opportunities trump Trump’s security and strategic concerns

## War on Venezuela ##

## Migrants/refugees ##
U.S., three Central American countries agree on joint police operations
The United States said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with three Central American countries to carry out joint police operations in the region, as the Trump administration seeks to stem the flow of migrants across its southern border.

## Energy/resources ##

## Got food? ##
Food shortage stares at 40,000 families in Zimbabwe
The fight to save coffee from climate change heats up
Climate change is threatening coffee in Central America. Temperatures are rising, making it harder to grow high-quality Coffea arabica in the altitudes where it is currently grown.
Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast
The state loses a football field’s worth of land every hour and a half. Now engineers are in a race to prevent it from sinking into oblivion.
U.S. Squabbles Over New Iran Sanction Waivers
US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector and the waivers of said sanctions are causing rifts among the US administration—pitting the National Security Council and the US State Department against each other as the deadline for waiver extensions draws near.
The Many Reasons to Believe Vasily Prozorov’s Testimony About Ukraine’s Role in Downing MH-17
Former Ukrainian intelligence officer Vasily Prozorov’s testimony will likely be dismissed by Western governments that support Kiev, but there is plenty of evidence to back his claims.
The Business of Your Face
While you weren't looking, tech companies helped themselves to your photos to power a facial recognition boom. Here's how.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Is the World Becoming Wealthier or Poorer?
There is nothing intrinsically profitable about either robotics or AI.
Tainted Pills Force FDA to Tighten Drug-Safety Regulations
`We’ve seen a lot of instances of adulterated products — contamination, impurities — recently,’ FDA chief says.
Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
New York City Apartment Residents Sue Landlord Over New Smart Locks
Nothing like rushing home to put your phone on the charger only to realize you can't get into your own apartment without a charged phone.
Not to worry. Technology will solve all our problems. -- RF
Japan's fiscal health is the worst among major industrialized economies, with public debt more than twice the size of gross domestic product.

## UK ##

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