Thursday 30 May 2019

Headlnes - 29 May, 2019

# Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The response could be any mix of three approaches: Modern Monetary Theory, negative interest rates or so-called helicopter money.
Buying things with cash and gold is the future. -- RF

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bitcoin nears $9,000 as it breaks through its highest level this year

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally
The U.S.-funded Israeli military is shooting so many unarmed Palestinians that the UN is warning of an amputation crisis in Gaza.
China & Russia Jointly Boycott Trump's "Deal Of The Century" Mideast Peace Conference
China and Russia appear to be flexing their muscles in the Middle East, as both announced early this week they would boycott a major economic summit on Israel-Palestine peace sponsored by the United States set for late June in the Bahrain capital of Manama.

## War on Iran ##

## War on Venezuela ##

## War on Cuba ##

## Energy/resources ##
Wood exports soar to nearly $3.12b (Vietnam)
North Dakota oil producers are wasting billions of cubic feet of natural gas
North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice.
Norwegian Oil Patch Ramps Up Spending To Counter Decline
After Modi won the elections, the government is now keen to discuss non-dollar payments and steps that would allow it to resume purchasing oil from Iran, according to ThePrint’s sources.

## Got food? ##
As I've pointed out several times before, when that SHTF moment arrives, overpopulated countries which import food are going to be having food riots, and worse. Those which lease or own farmland in other countries are suddenly going to find that their lease agreements and title deeds are worthless scraps of paper as locals reclaim the land and shipping of harvests abroad becomes prohibitively expensive. -- RF
Glyphosate: Shocking News About Beans, Peas and Potatoes
Pig Epidemic Pushes Vietnamese Farmers Toward Cows and Ostriches

## Solutions ##
Forget "Money": What Will Matter Are Water, Energy, Soil and Food--and a Shared National Purpose
As the world slides into an era of scarcities, what will matter more than "money" are the essentials of survival: fresh water, energy, soil and the output of those three, food. The ability to secure these resources will separate nations that fail and those that survive.
Excellent and prescient essay. I would just add another critical factor that determines success or failure: population. The more people a country has, the worse its situation and outlook. -- RF

## War on Julian Assange ##
Tide of Public Opinion is Turning in Assange’s Favor
Corporate media and some politicos who opposed Assange after the 2016 election have radically changed their tune, favorably influencing public opinion after the Espionage Act indictment of the WikiLeak‘s founder.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate
The US Navy Didn’t Take My Reporting Seriously
Emails obtained using a FOIA request reveal how naval officers really feel about critical reporting.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The New Green Revolution, a.k.a. The Grand Transition to... ?? - Part I
Burnout is making us worse at our jobs, according to the WHO
Global angst over plastic waste spurs Japan to act on packaging
Makers turn to biodegradable plastics and other high-end paper alternatives

## China ##
An under-the-radar way to measure economic growth in China is painting a bleak picture
Diesel demand in China fell 14% and 19% in March and April respectively, reaching levels not seen in a decade, according to data compiled by Wells Fargo.
"This Is A Major Move For China": Beijing Prepares Cyberscurity Rule In Retaliation Against US

## War on Huawei ##
Undersea cables -- Huawei's ace in the hole
Chinese telecom giant's strides in vital infrastructure business raise alarm

## UK ##
Scientists call for volunteers to help pre-empt deadly plant disease
Stansted airport is worst for flight delays, report finds

## US ##
Vanishing open spaces: population growth and sprawl in America
Which translates directly into near-future mass starvation. But "development" will continue until the last minute. -- RF
Mass media propaganda is the single most overlooked and under-appreciated aspect of our society.
The richest 10% of households now represent 70% of all U.S. wealth
Share of top 1% wealthiest increased to nearly 32% in 2018 from 23% in 1989
A Million People Could Lose Their Pensions If Congress Doesn’t Act
A crisis years in the making is about to hit retired coal miners and truckers first.

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