Thursday 16 April 2020

Global headlines - 16 June, 2020

News Links, April 16, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Turkey's economy is in trouble as experts worry it could become a new coronavirus hotspot
Banks brace for big loan defaults by US, global customers
The major banks in the U.S. are anticipating a flood of loan defaults as  households and business customers take a big financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The USS Theodore Roosevelt fiasco shows how paranoid the Pentagon is about China
U.S. Oil Drilling Grinds to Halt at Key Shale Hotspots
The sudden declines in production illustrates the fatal flaw in the shale business model.

## Environment/health ##
The massive study -- comprising samples from 2,500 fish representing 91 species spread across 359 locations in the Gulf of Mexico -- suggests contamination from oil pollution remains widespread roughly 10 years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.
We've been rationing care all along
But it is a mistake to view this scarcity as a result of the current crisis. Rather, this shortage of medical equipment and clinical personnel is better thought of as a symptom of a rationing system that started long before COVID-19.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday his administration will "halt" U.S. funding to the World Health Organization as it conducts a review of the global organization's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
In view of the true situation, the review should be going in the opposite direction. This is all about deflecting blame. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Technology alliances will help shape our post-pandemic future
Without getting into the propaganda aspects of the article, I'll just note that net energy decline is going to throw a huge monkey wrench into all such plans that governments around the world are making. Energy will do a lot more "shaping" than technology. Recall that technology is dependent on energy. -- RF
The Cameras in Your Car May Be Harvesting Data as You Drive
Safety system sensors in modern cars are collecting data about the road on behalf of the company that makes them

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Vietnam introduces 'fake news' fines for coronavirus misinformation
Technocrats and Authoritarianism
And yet we now have companies tied umbilically to the US-EU-Israeli axis of military and business power now telling us that they have algorithms that can free us from that inherent messiness by eliminating "fake news" from our screens.
Health experts are urgently calling for an increase in Japan's low rate of testing for the novel coronavirus, a system hampered by outdated equipment and a shortage of testing-capable medical institutions and technicians.
China's initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan spread twice as fast as we thought, new study suggests
Each carrier was infecting 5.7 people on average, according to US researchers, who say previous estimate had used incomplete data
Here's Where Retail Sales Spiked and Where They Collapsed in Lockdown Land
Second half of March was the end of retail for many. But some had spiking sales. Brick & mortar department stores will never recover; they were toast before the lockdowns.
• Coronavirus
A double-blind research study of a drug touted by President Donald Trump early on to treat coronavirus found it to be so dangerous at high doses the trial was shut down after six days.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

News Links, April 15, 2020

## Airline death spiral ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
India cleared to buy two anti-ship munition packages

## Migrants/refugees ##
Rescue group, EU officials dispute fate of 85 sea migrants

## Energy/resources ##

• Coronavirus

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
CNN cuts away from 'propaganda' briefing as Trump plays video hitting press

## US ##
Like the rest of the financialization machine, sickcare was never sustainable. The pandemic is merely the catalyst that is stripping away the PR illusions that have cloaked the looting, the fraud, the racketeering and profiteering, and the betrayal of everything healthcare once stood for.
... for all 800 families and staff who live there because it's 'what residents wanted.'
• Coronavirus

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