Thursday, 26 March 2020

Global Headlines - 26 March, 2020

Self-Employed Left Hanging after Spanish Government Promised to Protect Them from Worst of Covid-19 Fallout
During the last crisis, Madrid ramped up the tax burden on the self-employed to historic highs while wasting vast sums on corporations and banks. Same thing on an even bigger scale is now in the offing.


## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Despite fears the three sailors could have infected dozens of others, "we are not in a position right now to have to pull that ship in or to take that ship off the front lines," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday told reporters at the Pentagon.
North Macedonia expected to join NATO within days
The metal is Cesium, and it's quite possible you've never even heard of it--yet, global dominance, which depends on technological superiority, can't happen without it.
• Coronavirus
If one assumes that the intent is to kill off as many Iranians as possible, it all makes sense. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
'Selfie app' to keep track of quarantined Poles
The Staggering Collapse of U.S. Intelligence on the Coronavirus
An agency tasked with tracking future bio threats fell down on the job, causing us to wonder what else we don't know.
Scientists unveil smaller, more powerful brain-machine interface

## US ##
What Are All the Fed's Corporate & Investor Bailout Programs and SPVs? Here's the Whole Shitload of Them
Indirectly via its Special Purpose Vehicles and its Primary Dealers, the Fed can buy even old bicycles, as long as taxpayers take the losses.
The Pandemic Is Accelerating the Breakdown That Began a Decade Ago
The feedback loop has reversed: by saving more, people will spend, borrow and speculate less, draining the fuel from any broadbased expansion.
• Coronavirus

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