Wednesday 25 December 2019

Global headlines - 25 December, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
U.S. durable-goods orders sink in November; decline is sharpest in six months

The TSA and Security Theater: Understanding American Airport Security Following 9/11

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Welcome to the Era of Intensifying Chaos and New Weapons of Conflict
A declining standard of living in the developed world, declining growth for the developed world and geopolitical jockeying for control of resources make for a highly combustible mix awaiting a spark: welcome to the era of intensifying chaos and the rapid advance of new weapons of conflict as ruling elites attempt to stamp out dissent and global powers pursue supremacy by whatever means are available.
U.S. to Ramp Up Counterterrorism Efforts in Sahel Region

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands protest in Iraq as deadline for new PM looms
Ocean floor mining: What could possibly go wrong?
• Junk energy

## Got food? ##
Small Farms Hit Hard In 2019 (US)
The farming economy had a terrible 2019. Many small farmers face rising debts and gut-wrenching decisions of whether to close businesses they've owned for generations.
World 'faces 80% calorie increase by end of century'
The amount of food needed to feed the world's population by the end of the century could increase by almost 80%, a study has suggested.
I guarantee that the population will never get that big. Despite that, there will also be a serious calorie deficiency. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Cargo ship with 600 gallons of oil overturns in Galapagos
A cargo vessel being loaded with containers in the Galapagos Islands overturned Sunday, sinking some 600 gallons of oil into the UNESCO World Heritage site, officials said.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Netanyahu calls ICC war crimes probe anti-Semitic

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Peak Sand
How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong
A crisis is engulfing the Mekong River, its banks are collapsing and half a million people are at risk of losing their homes.
Industrial civilization is eating the planet alive. -- RF
Net energy decline -> fewer babies. -- RF
Don't be fooled. It's just a trick, like printing more money. No new energy was created. -- RF
One-third of homeless sofa-surfing forced to do so for over six months
Crisis reports 71,400 cases of sofa-surfers across UK, making it the largest form of homelessness
Movie Theater Stocks Slump Amid Underwhelming Year, Not Even Star Wars Can Save Dying Industry

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