Friday, 15 November 2019

Global headlines - 15 November, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Moody's cuts global sovereign rating outlook to "negative" for 2020

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
The Trump Administration seems entirely comfortable with this turn of events, endorsing the military takeover earlier this week and praising Anez for “stepping up” and declaring herself the new ruler.
Better not mess with the former Brazilian president; Putin and Xi are his real top allies in the Global Left
Trump And Zelensky Want Peace With Russia. The Fascists Oppose That.
Migrants huddle in the cold in makeshift camp in Bosnia
Authorities in northwestern Bosnia are threatening a curfew in two large local migrant camps to press the central government to relocate people to other parts of the country

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands of Poles join nationalist Independence Day march
Hundreds protest Erdogan visit to White House

While shale experts are knowledgeable of the typical 60-70% first-year decline rate of shale wells, not much is mentioned about the “compounded annual decline rate.”

## Got food? ##
Sediment is a greater threat to small freshwater species than fertilizer runoff
Numerous studies have been dedicated to quantifying the environmental consequences of fertilizer runoff, but new research suggests sediment accumulation caused by industrial agriculture is a greater threat to insects, crustaceans and other water macroinvertebrates.
'Unnoticed Apocalypse': Dying Insects Put Humankind's Existence at Risk
The analysis conducted by Professor David Goulson, one of Britain’s leading ecologists says that 50 percent of insects have perished since 1970 as a result of habitat loss and the heavy use of pesticides. Goulson notes that this number could be even higher.
Major fish nurseries are awash in microplastics
Which means larval fish are snacking on a lot of plastic.
Not to mention the difficulties with recycling end-of-life renewable energy hardware. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Federal Court Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Phones and Laptops Unconstitutional
Government Must Have Reasonable Suspicion of Digital Contraband Before Searching People’s Electronic Devices at the U.S. Border
Beware iPhone/iPad Users: Facebook Secretly Opens Camera Without Your Knowledge
Unfortunately he worked in a profession where you can very quickly move from an asset to a liability.
FBI Asks Congress To Permanently Reauthorize The Phone Record Collection The NSA Voluntarily Shut Down
The real Ukraine controversy: an activist U.S. embassy and its adherence to the Geneva Convention
The U.S. diplomats saw no problem in their actions, believing that it served the American interest in combating Ukrainian corruption. The Ukrainians viewed it far differently as an improper intervention in the internal affairs of their country that was forbidden by the Geneva Convention.
DJI makes app to identify drones and find pilots
Drone maker DJI has demonstrated a way to quickly identify a nearby drone, and pinpoint the location of its pilot, via a smartphone.
Mike Pompeo 'on shifting sand' as impeachment probe reveals his Ukraine role
Japanese hospitals faced financial difficulties in fiscal 2018, survey finds
Hospitals faced continuing financial difficulties in fiscal 2018, with institutions across the country registering a minus 2.7 percent profit margin on average, a government survey has shown.
China updates patriotic education push to forge stronger national identity – including in Hong Kong
Sweeping guidelines define patriotism as love of motherland, socialism and Communist Party
China to issue unified local, national GDP numbers amid data scepticism
China will unify the way it calculates provincial economic output from early 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics said, amid scepticism about the reliability of Chinese data.
Leading EV Battery Maker Stuck in Debt Chain
Obesity almost doubles in 20 years to affect 13 million people
Almost 30% of population in England now obese

## US ##
How the Fed Boosts the 1%: Even the Upper Middle Class Loses Share of Household Wealth to the 1%. Bottom Half Gets Screwed
It is ironic the Fed puts out this data, as if to show off its success, and how every time the wealth of the 1% is threatened, the Fed comes up with new bailouts, rate cuts, and other shenanigans.
Study: Hurricanes striking U.S. are getting bigger, stronger
The NYPD sees it a normal operating cost to be managed.

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