Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Global headlines - 29 April, 2020

News Links, April 29, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Mideast economies take massive hit with oil price crash

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
War on Cash Kicking Into Overdrive

## Airline death spiral ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Army's artillery branch, neglected over 20 years of hunting guerrillas, is being revived as the long-range striking arm for multi-domain warfare against Russia and China.
Turkey's Economic Troubles Give Putin Another Chance To Squeeze Erdogan

Meat shortages: US food supply chains are at a breaking point
US farmers may have to kill millions of animals and create mass burial graves across the heartland because of COVID-19.
There's a message for humanity here. -- RF
A watery onslaught from sea, sky and land in the world's fastest-sinking city
Jakarta is subsiding at record rates, thanks to decades of unfettered and illegal draining of the city's aquifers for water that have left 40% its land below sea level. Solutions abound, but the scattershot response may not be enough to keep the city above water.
There's a message here, too. -- RF
• Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak in France was not caused by cases imported from China, but from a locally circulating strain of unknown origin, according to a new study by French scientists at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
Putin extends Russia's lockdown for two weeks, prepares to ease in mid-May

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue
Yet we can't afford to overlook the fact that governments the world over, including the U.S. government, have unleashed untold horrors upon the world in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
How a misleading report on Iran from a hawkish 'think tank' made its way to Trump administration talking points
Trump and Biden Trade Hit Pieces: Distinctions without a Difference
The US imperial ship of state is set on a collision course with China and both Democrats and Republicans are on board.

## Japan ##
The statement about the Japanese (or people in any other country) going extinct is absolute garbage. Fertility rates around the world are dropping, and they will continue to drop until populations stabilize at a level commensurate with energy availability and cost. Of course curves are influenced by various other factors such as economic distortions (plenty of those), war, stupidity, environmental stresses, disease, and what have you. Once a country's or region's population drops to the level that is easily supported by energy availability and cost, people will start procreating again. -- RF
Trump and Biden Trade Hit Pieces: Distinctions without a Difference
The US imperial ship of state is set on a collision course with China and both Democrats and Republicans are on board.
• Coronavirus

Monday, April 27, 2020

News Links, April 28, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Japan, Singapore could be the worst-hit Asian economies in the coronavirus pandemic, says Moody's Analytics

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Japan's MUFG bank plans more staff cuts, totalling 8,000 by 2023: Yomiuri

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Bitcoin-Mining Machine Maker Ebang Files for U.S. IPO

## Airline death spiral ##
Airbus warns staff on jobs with its 'survival at stake'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Riots, escapes and fear as coronavirus hits juvenile centers

## Energy/resources ##
Far out power #1: human fat, playgrounds, solar wind towers, perpetual motion, thermal depolymerization

## Got food? ##
As Food Banks Struggle to Cope with Demand, Desperate Farmers Dump Unsellable Produce
The coronavirus pandemic is shaking America's food supply and production system. And after only a few weeks, it appears much of it is failing the stress test.
World's Biggest Wheat Supply Dries Up When Some Want It Most

PETA: U.S. Marines drinking cobra blood, eating live wildlife risk disease
A Thailand-based military exercise in which animals, including cobras, are killed and eaten raw puts service men and woman at risk of contracting zoonotic diseases, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Monday.
All that self-righteous criticism of the Chinese, and just look at the revolting and dangerous things Americans do. -- RF
• Coronavirus
Only half of UK's sickest coronavirus patients put on ventilators
Evidence grows that many Covid-19 patients do better with non-invasive help
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
South Korean Presidential Aide Says Kim Jong Un Is 'Alive and Well'
I would be surprised if they weren't. But of court the US is likewise spying on Chinese labs. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Crash Has Only Just Begun
Everything, including a rational, connected-to-reality, effective financial system, is on back-order and unlikely to ship any time soon.
Collapse: the way we imagined it, and the way it was.
Why America is cracking up
New book 'American Secession' suggests the US has hit rock bottom with no path up - and that was before the coronavirus crisis

## Japan ##
Japanese destroyer leaves for Middle East despite virus concerns
UK economy will take three years to recover from coronavirus – EY
Report warns that half of all UK consumer spending in 2020 will be delayed or lost completely
America's Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise by $282 Billion in Three Weeks of Pandemic
America's billionaires have accrued more wealth in the past three weeks alone than they made in total prior to 1980.
Third Major Transfer From the Middle Class to the Wealthy
For the third time in 20 years, the Fed has targeted the middle class for the benefit of the wealthy.
Importantly, cleaning products meant for surfaces should never be used on produce.
What constitutes "too big to fail" keeps getting smaller and smaller. 
• Coronavirus

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