Wednesday 22 January 2020

Global headlines - 22January, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: UN

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Big Brother Australia aims to ban cash spending
Australia’s revenue chiefs are bidding to ban large cash payments to hobble drug dealers and other criminal syndicates, but critics see a more sinister agenda that will allow banks and bureaucrats to manipulate ordinary citizens’ spending habits.
Peter Schiff Says He’s Lost His Bitcoin After Wallet Freeze-Out

## Airline death spiral ##
Lufthansa taps Google’s cloud tech to mitigate the impact of flight delays

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Taliban Negotiator: End of War Means US Withdrawal
But don't call it meddling. -- RF
• Iran/Iraq

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Iraq protests revive amid anger at slow pace of reform
Biomass can never scale up in a way that can economically support industrial society. Recall that the Achilles heel of renewables is the requirement to gather up dilute energy from vast geographical areas and concentrate it — which we don't have to do with fossil fuels. -- RF
I must take issue with their forecast that world population will rise to 9.7 billion by 2050. This is patently absurd. Population will be decreased below the current level well before 2050. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Food insecurity linked with greater risk of premature death
Is Your Food Grown on Sewage?

## Solutions ##
I lived without heat for an entire winter—here are my top tips for staying warm

## Environment/health ##
Malaysia sends back trash, says won't be world's waste bin
Malaysia has sent 150 containers of plastic waste back to mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year
It appears that the US is moving in the same direction as China, which is ironic in view of the accusations and warnings about Huawei. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Garbage Crisis in Venezuela: Sanitation Issues When the SHTF
Venezuela is a bellwether. Smart people will take good notice of what happens as socioeconomic collapse proceeds. It will be more or less the same everywhere no matter what the political and economic system. -- RF
After collapse proceeds past a certain point, there is little that governments will be able to do, even to save themselves. Get what you can while the getting is good, but plan to be on your own (if you're lucky, you'll be part of a mutually supportive community). -- RF
India's Half-Finished "Ghost Towns" Leave Middle Class In Crisis
Climate change could damage thousands of U.S. bridges, engineers say
Restaurant operator Skylark to end 24-hour operations by April
Major restaurant chain operator Skylark Holdings Co said Monday it will end around-the-clock operations by April due to a labor shortage and falling demand for such services.
BOJ says central bank group to assess digital currency possibilities

## China ##
China confirms coronavirus can pass person-to-person as fourth death reported
Congress just passed a near trillion dollar military budget at a time when the United States faces no evident state threats at home or abroad. Ike was right.
The Latest & Most Reckless US Imperial Act
Following the U.S. assassination of Soleimani, the Trump administration is leading American conduct abroad into a zone of probably unprecedented lawlessness.
U.S. new housing supply falls about 4 million homes short of demand
Deputies: Worker fatally stabs Trump-loving boss in fight
Deputies in Florida say a worker fatally stabbed his Trump-supporting boss at a highway construction site and placed an American flag next to the body after they got into an argument

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