Friday, 23 August 2019

World headlines - 23 August, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Trump praises Germany’s negative yields but doesn’t mention that its bond sale failed

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump promises continued US presence in Afghanistan amid withdrawal talks

• War on Venezuela

• War on Iran

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour
U.S. farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. They are also frustrated about unsold crops due to the trade war with China, falling farm income and tighter credit conditions.
Shale Oil Next Victims: The Major Oil Companies
As the situation continues to deteriorate for the small to mid-sized shale operators, the next victim will be the major oil companies.  If you think I may be exaggerating, the data and charts reveal that the major oil companies are already struggling to make money producing shale.

## Environment/health ##
Give Your Yard Back to Nature

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Behind a made-for-TV Hong Kong protest narrative, Washington is backing nativism and mob violence
Hong Kong’s increasingly xenophobic protests are devolving into chaos with help from US government regime-change outfits and a right-wing local media tycoon with close ties to hardliners in Washington.
California Police Officers Are Handing Out Free Doorbell Cameras In Exchange For Testimony In Court
Snitches no longer get stitches. In the year of our lord two-thousand-nineteen, snitches get street surveillance gear from  Amazon.
Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition 'epidemic'
Investigation uncovers widespread use in museums and shopping centres
Love that term "inauthentic behavior." It's slippery, malleable, and can be interpreted to mean just about anything. -- RF
Silicon Valley wants to read your mind
• War on Julian Assange
40 rebuttals to the media’s smears of Julian Assange – by someone who was actually there
A former diplomat who worked in the Ecuadorian embassy while Julian Assange lived there in asylum debunks 40 of CNN’s smears against the WikiLeaks publisher.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Media Blackout on Brazil’s Anti-Bolsonaro Protests
Why are New York Times and Guardian downplaying resistance to Brazil’s far-right president?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why I say that this civilisation is finished.

## China ##
• War on Huawei
Amid Recession Warnings, Trump Reportedly Considering More Tax Cuts for Rich and Corporations
"Two of Trump's ideas for stimulating the economy are 1) cutting the corporate tax rate a little more (after cutting it a lot didn't do much), and 2) indexing capital gains to inflation. It's tax cuts for the rich all the way down."

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