News headlines – 30 September, 2020

News headlines – 30 September, 2020

 News Links, September 30, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Negative real yields on sovereign debt here to stay – Reuters poll

A New Monetary System Will Evolve in the Next 10 Years

Yeah, like a lot of people will be bartering. — RF

## Airline death spiral ##

Facing Crappiest Recovery Ever, Airlines Demand New $25-Billion Bailout, for $50 Billion Total, after Having Burned $45 Billion on Share Buybacks
Coddled investors, not taxpayers, should step up to the plate and fund the “daily cash burn.”
United, pilots agree on schedule reductions to avoid nearly 3,000 furloughs
Air France leads tax pushback in climate vs recovery fight

Airports compete for worried flyers with on-site COVID-19 testing, TSA appointments, cleaning robots

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Enraged US Threatens to Close Iraq Embassy Over Militia Attacks

Threat to evacuate U.S. diplomats from Iraq raises fear of war

High-tech weaponry boost for Russian Army: official

US pioneers a Mach 20 hypersonic monster

‘Kamikaze’ role eyed for America’s robotic wingmen

Does this US military uniform suggest it is preparing for war with China?

US Launches Airstrikes in Iraq from Carrier For First Time in Two Years

Trump Administration Prepares Broad New Iran Sanctions

## Migrants/refugees ##
‘Or gas them’: Germany’s far-right AfD fires official over migrant comment

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Mexican women demanding legalization of abortion clash with police
Women charged police lines and threw Molotov cocktails at officers in Mexico City on Monday during protests demanding the legalization of abortion in the majority Roman Catholic country.

Hundreds of Vehicle Ramming Attacks Mark New Norm in America’s Civil Unrest

## Energy/resources ##
Tankers carrying Iranian fuel begin entering Venezuelan waters – data

California’s Electric Vehicle Dream Has A Major Problem

## Got food? ##
Report: 56 Million Americans Depended on Food Banks During the Pandemic
Once only associated with enemy nations and the Great Depression, bread lines have returned to the US, often in form of miles-long traffic jams or car parks filled with hungry drivers.

## Environment/health ##
West Nile virus found in people in 2 Florida counties, prompting health advisory to take precautions against mosquitoes

Countries Pledge to Reverse Destruction of Nature After Missing Biodiversity Targets

How Much Have Lockdowns Really Let Nature Recover?

• Coronavirus

Official coronavirus death toll is likely an ‘underestimate’ of the true total, WHO says

Mother’s milk could help fight coronavirus, study finds

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

Judge Rejected Ban On TikTok Because Trump’s DOJ Can’t Show Any Real National Security Threat
Cyberattack hits major U.S. hospital system

FBI Feeds Pentagon Intel For Offensive Cyberattacks

Amazon unveils device allowing palm purchases, entry to events

Philippines’ Duterte calls out Facebook after accounts taken down

U.S. faces ongoing court battles over TikTok, WeChat bans

Microsoft 365 service interruption knocks out office and schoolwork worldwide

911 outages reported nationwide (US)

Is the internet falling apart?

ASSANGE HEARING DAY SIXTEEN–Anonymous Witnesses to Detail Alleged CIA Plot to Kill Assange

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 18

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 19

As His Extradition Trial Drags on, Media and Rights Groups Are Still Ignoring Julian Assange

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo
The military says they can’t find evidence to support it, yet the New York Times and others have not repudiated the reports or issued corrections.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Goodbye To All That: Are Our Rituals of “Prosperity” Increasingly Meaningless?
The heretical truth is that many of the “consumption rituals” that signified “prosperity” for decades are either meaningless, unaffordable or require way more effort than the meager payoff is worth.

## Japan ##

Chinese FM to visit Japan, may meet Suga

Why is poverty rising in Japan? (video)
Mt Fuji gets season’s 1st snowcap, 24 days earlier than last year

Japan Coast Guard has brush with Taiwanese fishing boat off Senkakus

Abenomics: Big Debts with Nothing to Show for It

## China ##
China stands behind vaccine programs despite doubts

China fires back at US over environment, South China Sea militarization

## UK ##
UK ‘turning a blind eye’ to war crimes in Yemen with Saudi arms sales

Britain is part of ‘arc of instability’ around the EU, chairman says

Britain’s new Protector drone completes maiden flight

## US ##

Trump’s Tax Filings Do Not Reveal What Democrats Had Hoped For

Rand Paul, Tulsi Gabbard, Thomas Massie, Ron Wyden Join Forces To Unplug the President’s ‘Internet Kill Switch’
Some 3,500 U.S. companies sue over Trump-imposed Chinese tariffs

America’s global prestige on life support

The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers

Another Horrific Chicago Weekend: 5-Year Old Girl Stabbed, 49 People Shot

Trump’s reported tax methods would be par for the course for the rich, experts say
“It’s not something cooked up in some law firm, it’s something Congress devised,” he said of the tax breaks enjoyed by the real estate sector and investors with capital gains.

Housing economist sees recent home price gains as ‘unsustainable’

What Major Stores Went Bankrupt in 2020?

US Trade Deficit in Goods Swells to a Whopping $82.9 Billion

What Is The Average Net Worth Of American Households?

Helicopter Money and the End of Taxes

And finally…

Profane parrots removed from zoo display for rude language

Sunday, September 27, 2020


News Links, September 28, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Out With Predatory Capitalism, In With a “Life Economy” (John Perkins)

Revenge of the Money Launderers

## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing 737 MAX could get EU clearance ‘by year’s end’

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Jewish Settlers Raze Palestinian-owned Land to Expand Illegal Settlement

Pentagon May Increase Navy Fleet to Over 500 Ships

Taiwan’s armed forces strain in undeclared war of attrition with China

## Migrants/refugees ##
How many people will migrate due to rising sea levels? Our best guesses aren’t good enough

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Breonna Taylor updates: Sit-in on Brooklyn Bridge; Protests in LA, Seattle, Chicago, Philly; Demonstrators clash with Louisville police
Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in central London
Belarus police detain dozens as crowds chant against Lukashenko

Israelis protest outside Netanyahu’s home after bid to curb demonstrations

Woman charged with attempted murder for driving through crowd of competing protesters

## Energy/resources ##

Why Is Nuclear Energy So Expensive?

Just this week, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report summed up the state of the global nuclear industry, and it ain’t pretty.
Air pollution leads to increase in electricity usage, study suggests
High levels of air pollution are forcing people inside to consume more electricity, subsequently causing even greater environmental problems by increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Iran Significantly Boosts Oil Exports Despite Sanctions

A Strong Case for the Anthropocene: no other species has ever consumed so much of earth’s resources so quickly

PG&E may cut power to nearly 97,000 California customers amid fire risk
Tightening Supply Pushes Rhodium Prices To All-Time High

## Got food? ##
Is Lab-Grown Food the Future? — Pros and Cons to Consider

## Environment/health ##
Heatwaves in the world’s oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence

New Jersey Legislature Passes ‘Most Comprehensive’ Plastics Ban in the Nation

How Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Fuel Pandemics

• Coronavirus

About 9% of Americans exposed to COVID-19 by mid-summer. That’s a long way from herd immunity.

WHO says 2 million coronavirus deaths is ‘not impossible’ as world approaches 1 million

Colombia passes grim milestone of 800,000 coronavirus cases, more than 25,000 deaths

Coronavirus global death toll passes 1 million

In Which We Debunk A Covidiot Pamphlet

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
FBI official who worked with Mueller raised doubts about Russia investigation

Election Meddlers Find a Scapegoat

Global cosmetics brands and banks linked to palm oil labor abuses, report says

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What If Preventing Collapse Isn’t Profitable? (Richard Heinberg; well worth reading)
The real downside of the green-profit narrative has been that it created the assumption in many people’s minds that the solution to climate change and other environmental dilemmas is technical, and that policy makers and industrialists will implement it for us, so that the way we live doesn’t need to change in any fundamental way. That’s never been true.

Do we Still have a Chance? The Challenge of Emergency Measures for the Survival of Humankind

## Japan ##
Tokyo Olympic organizers unveil scaled-back Games plan

Job losses top 60,000, pace accelerated by virus resurgence

Mitsubishi Motors to Cut 600 Jobs via Voluntary Redundancy

Japan’s Suga, China’s Xi affirm cooperation in 1st talks

## China ##
China is About to Release the World’s First National Digital Asset— Here’s Why

## UK ##

Protesters scuffle with police at London anti-lockdown demo
UK universities grapple with spiralling COVID-19 outbreaks

Boris Johnson: UK can be ‘launchpad’ for green industrial revolution

Good luck with that. — RF

## US ##
Trump to name Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court: reports

Subprime, No Problem? FHA Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Record 17.4%, as Fed Triggers Mad Land-Rush in Split Housing Market

Derision, Disbelief After Iowa Meatpacking Plant Where Hundreds Caught Coronavirus Fined Just $957

Trump says U.S. election winner might not be known for months

Heat wave brings ‘critical risks’ of wildfires to California

With Breonna Taylor protests, COVID-19 and record homicides, Louisville police are in crisis

Friday, September 25, 2020


News Links, September 26, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World’s workers lost $3.5 trillion in pandemic: UN

Duterte tightens grip as the Philippines falls apart
Singapore population falls for first time in 17 years as firms hire fewer foreigners

Monster Rally: U.S. And Japan Pumping $10 Trillion Into Asset Bubbles

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal

Russia’s ‘White Swan’ bomber is breaking records

Fighter pilot shortage puts US Navy in a quandary

Thunderstorms Could Literally Blow Up the F-35 Stealth Fighter

Spy planes join B-52 bomber in exercise over Black Sea

Report: US Top Supplier of Arms in the Middle East

Scores Killed in Heavy Fighting Across Afghanistan

Chinese fishing fleet off Peru sparks Twitter war between Washington and Beijing

China slammed by West over Hong Kong and Xinjiang at United Nations rights forum

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Miners Protest Underground As Poland Moves To Phase Out Coal

A Terrifying Eye-Witness Account of the Kenosha Riots: “Everyone in the city was getting ready for a war.”

DOJ: 300 charged with committing crimes ‘under the guise’ of protests

Breonna Taylor protesters in Louisville defy curfew, confront armed counter-protesters claiming to ‘defend the Constitution’

Protests across U.S. oppose Breonna Taylor decision for 2nd night

Global school strike for climate change movement resumes, with protests taking place across Australia

Student protests against herd immunity policy spread across Greece

Police: Violence at Portland protest escalates to firebombs

Indian farmers block roads, railways as protests mount over farm bills

## Energy/resources ##
OPEC In Trouble As Oil Outlook Worsens

U.S.-Seized Iranian Fuel Cargoes Stuck In Legal Limbo

## Got food? ##
Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Covid-19, Data Shows

## Environment/health ##
What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter
• Coronavirus

Israel tightens second lockdown as coronavirus cases soar

U.S. coronavirus cases surpass seven million as Midwest outbreak flares up

U.K. And France Break Daily Coronavirus Case Record As Europe Braces For Second Pandemic Wave

Coronavirus ravages Latin America’s working class, Mexico deaths pass 75,000

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Bill Gates’ Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life

Corona-fied: Employers Spying on Remote Workers in Their Homes

Disturbing increases in the use of digital surveillance technologies by employers to monitor their remote workers are raising alarm bells.

Amazon launches flying drone camera for the home

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 17

ASSANGE HEARING DAY FOURTEEN—Baraitser Grants Defense 4 Weeks to Prepare for Final Argument, Citing US Election
New Documents Further Unveil Obama’s Anti-Trump Campaign

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Facebook Suspends More Than 200 Environmental and Indigenous Groups

MSM Promotes Yet Another CIA Press Release As News

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
As Things Devolve, Here’s Why Understanding the Brutal Reality of the SHTF Could Save Your Life

The Road to Nowhere: Whatever Can’t Be Politicized Ceases to Exist
The essence of any Totalitarian society is the politicization of everything, as everything must be either supporting the status quo or it’s a threat to the status quo.

## Japan ##
Japan reveals 3 sea-based alternatives for scrapped Aegis Ashore plan

Japan considers facial recognition for contact tracing at big events
Stolen money via Japan Post account breaches rises to ¥60 million

## China ##
China set to lure billions of dollars in funds as sovereign debt enters FTSE index amid decoupling concerns

Debt woes of one of China’s top cities highlighted by first-of-its-kind bond default

China accuses foreign correspondents of meddling in Hong Kong

## UK ##
UK public borrowing surges to fresh record high in August

UK car output falls by nearly half in August

UK’s Sunak unveils new job support scheme; warns he cannot save every business

## US ##
Durable Goods New Orders Spotlight a Manufacturing Slowdown
Almost 2 in 3 Americans say economy is worse than a year ago today, survey says

Americans are hoarding trillions of dollars in cash before the presidential election: Morgan Stanley
Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils: a Vicious Circle

Industry Needs To Solve The Skilled Workforce Challenge For Itself
There have already been 8,000 wildfires in California this year. A warm, dry fall forecast threatens to bring more trouble.

Kushner-Linked Firm and Gig Economy Set to Reap Huge Profits as Mass Evictions Begin
With threats of homelessness and bankruptcy in the air as the eviction moratoriums subside, both renters and small landlords are getting pinched by predatory tech capitalism as the gig-economy hits the real estate market.

Police Are Using $1.6 Billion in Surplus Military Gear Doled Out Since 9/11

The Fed Now Owns Over $2 Trillion in Mortgages, What Else?

Justice Sleeps and ‘We the People’ Suffer: No, the U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Save Us

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