Saturday 28 December 2019

Global headlines - 27 December, 2019

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Russia could consider investing part of National Wealth Fund in gold
Just as the collapse of the Soviet Union was baked in by the systemic fragilities of central planning, the Fed's commandeering of the stock market bakes in a crash.

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Sexual assault cases abroad flights are a growing concern for the FBI as the numbers continue to grow alarmingly. Between the fiscal years 2014-2017, the FBI investigations into midair sexual assaults went up by 66 percent.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Stealth and Nukes: Will Israeli F-35s Soon Be Carrying Nuclear Weapons?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Nearly 4,000 Ring Credentials Leaked, Including Users' Time Zones And Device Names
A window on the development of America's social credit system. -- RF
Two military-grade aircraft launching gears from US mysteriously land at Gujarat’s Mundra port

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Guardian forced to clarify misleading article on Assange and Russia
Social Media and Social Control: How Silicon Valley Serves the US State Department
Facebook isn’t the only Silicon Valley firm with partisan oversight of what we see: the bipartisan billionaire class and their security state have partnered with tech firms since the dawn of the internet to control the parameters of users’ thinking.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Crisis Looms in Antibiotics as Drug Makers Go Bankrupt
First Big Pharma fled the field, and now start-ups are going belly up, threatening to stifle the development of new drugs.
The Biggest Empires In Human History
Japan's jails a sanctuary for seniors
For elderly people without close families, the prospect of living alone, and dying alone, can be terrifying. But some seniors in Japan are finding they can get care and camaraderie when they are locked up in prison.
Not money, but energy. Failure to see this makes any solution impossible. -- RF
Will there be any snow? The games will be too hot for summer and too warm for winter, unless energy problems kill them first. -- RF
In East China Sea, Beijing plays long game
Geography blocks China’s access to the open Pacific, so it is beefing up its navy and strategizing a breakout

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