Monday, 30 November 2015 17:36

World News Desk 11-30-2015

From Jenna Orkin:

'The change in the global population over the next few years is unprecedented'

“The world's demographics are making an "unprecedented shift," and it will have an enormous impact on the world.

That's not a new discovery, but the subject is being explored in detail by HSBC economist James Pomeroy in an immense report sent to clients this week.

The note explores some of the massive changes coming to the global population over not just the next 50 or 100 years, but the next 10. Unlike many economic forecasts, predictions of what the size of the world's workforce will be like in a decade are pretty predictable, since the future workers have already been born…”

The US military is spending $1 trillion on something it hopes to never use

“A fighter jet dropped an unarmed "nuclear gravity bomb" at a Nevada test range last month.

The nuke, called the B61-12, is a new weapon costing around $8.1 billion, but this pricey new bomb is actually less than 1% of a $1 trillion push to keep the US nuclear arsenal up-to-date. Officials also say the program will actually help reduce the number of nukes in the world.

That sounds like a wonderful goal, but it could be fueling the next nuclear arms race, one expert tells Tech Insider.

Here's why.

A fresh START

In 2010, President Barack Obama and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New START treaty, which bound Russia and the United States to having just 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads each by 2018.

Around that time, the US had nearly 2,000 deployed warheads, while Russia had an estimated 2,600, according to the Arms Control Association. In order to hit that goal, the US is bringing some of its nukes back to be dismantled or put into storage (where they will no longer be considered "deployed"). Still other nuclear bombs are going through a "life extension program" that refurbishes and upgrades their aging components.

One is the B61-12 "gravity bomb" — a fancy term that just means falling through the air without guidance systems. With some spare parts of other bombs and a tail fin upgrade, the B61-12 will replace (and retire) at least four other models of nuclear bombs once it's completed. The military also claims this will cut the total number of nuclear gravity bombs by "a factor of two."

Similar to how some people might consolidate their debt into one lower bill, the strategy is meant to reduce the number of nuclear bombs and their destructive power, while still maintaining a "technical" edge. Further, upgraded bombs like the B61-12 will be able to fit onto next-generation aircraft like the F-35 Lightning.

But the upgrades are not without its critics…”

15 astounding technologies that DARPA is working on right now

“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is responsible for some of the world's most significant scientific and technological breakthroughs.

DARPA has had a hand in major inventions like GPS, the internet, and stealth aircraft. And it's always developing new technologies — military or intelligence-related systems that could end up having a huge impact outside the battlefield as well.

We've looked at some of DARPA's active projects, and found some of the more astounding systems that are currently in the works…”

A European prime minister is talking seriously about the EU collapsing like the Roman Empire

“In an interview with international news organisations this week, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested that western European states might need to bring in a "mini-Schengen" to deal with the bloc's migrant crisis, referring to the Schenghen Agreement that began the abolition of internal border controls in much of the European Union.

A shrunken agreement to leave internal borders open might, for example, exclude countries in south-eastern Europe. A huge number of refugees have arrived in Europe on boats from Turkey, landing in Greece and attempting to travel north. 

He turned that into a more startling analogy, according to a report from the Financial Times. Here's the kicker:

“As we all know from the Roman empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well-protected,” said Mr Rutte in an interview with a group of international newspapers. “So we really have an imperative that it is handled.”

He's one. His concern is perhaps not unrelated to the fact that Geert Wilders' hard-right and anti-immigration Party of Freedom leads some Dutch political polls by double digits right now. 

But Rutte isn't the first or only person to make the analogy. Historian Niall Ferguson made a similar point about the EU and Rome in the aftermath of the Islamist attacks on Paris this month. 

Here's a snippet from his op-ed in the Boston Globe:

“Let us be clear about what is happening. Like the Roman Empire in the early fifth century, Europe has allowed its defenses to crumble. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. It has grown decadent in its shopping malls and sports stadiums. At the same time, it has opened its gates to outsiders who have coveted its wealth without renouncing their ancestral faith…””

Thank God someone is now teaching robots to disobey human orders

France is using emergency laws to put climate change activists under house arrest ahead of a UN summit

China Begins Military Colonization Of Africa With First Ever Overseas Army Base At Key Oil Chokepoint

Deutsche Bank is considering killing passwords to making online banking safer

Top Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey

When The Mountains Started Exploding: Devastation In Coal Country (VIDEO)

How A Secretive Elite Created The EU To Build A World Government

The Bitcoin Universe Explained

The Paris Attacks Were Planned In Plain Sight

Chains Refuse To Carry Genetically-Modified Salmon

House members want EPA water rule defunded

A new taxpayer bailout to cover up ObamaCare’s failure?

Violence Erupts In Turkey After Prominent Lawyer Is Assassinated On Live TV

Sweden: "No Apartments, No Jobs, No Shopping Without A Gun"

Russia Sends NATO A Clear Message By Arming Fighter Jets With First Air-To-Air Missles

Russia Bans Soros Foundation As A "Threat To National Security And Constitutional Order"

Saudi Interbank Rates Soar, Deposits Flee As Cash Crunch Intensifies

Former CIA Deputy Director Gives A Stunning Reason Why Obama Has Not Attacked ISIS' Oil Infrastructure

Argentines Stumped By Mystery Trucks Loaded With $130 Million In "High Denomination" Bills

Newly-Completed Fukushima 'Containment' Wall Already "Slightly Leaning"

Half A Million Square Kilometers Of Heavy Smog Force Beijing To Issue "Orange Alert", Close Factories

Iran's Ayatollah Pens Letter To Western Youth: "You Should Know That Terror Has Been Supported By Certain Great Powers"

Obama Signs Defense Bill Authorizing $500 Million More In Aid To "Moderate" Syrian Rebels

14,000 Refugees Due For Deportation From Sweden Have Vanished: "We Simply Do Not Know Where They Are"

European HIV Infections Hit Record High, CDC Blames "Migrants And Refugees"

1 Journalist Dead, 3 More Arrested After Exposing Turkey Arming Syrian Extremists

Using New "Pre-Crime" Laws France Arrests 24 Climate Activists


Girl Can't Get Personalized Nutella Jar Because Her Name Is Isis


From Rice Farmer:

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Debt load has many Canadians ‘living on the edge,’ with high housing prices largely to blame: report

French Unemployment Rises Most in Three Years to Record Level

Thanksgiving shopping at stores ‘was a bust’ (US)

'Classic Ponzi scheme': Sydney house prices cost 12 times the annual income

Taiwan Cuts Growth Forecast to Lowest Since 2009 on Export Slump

Europe’s Banks Are Still Drowning In Bad Loans

BlackRock Spreads its Tentacles in Brussels

TTIP talks: EU alleged to have given ExxonMobil access to confidential strategies

International Monetary Fund Likely To Put Chinese Yuan In SDR Reserve Currency Basket

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Switzerland To Launch Huge War On Cash Experiment

France Shutting Down Prepaid Debt Cards

Prepaid cards: Help for financially excluded or terrorist tool?

Biometric payment systems put money at your fingertips

## Airline death spiral ##
Airline Stock Roundup: Global Travel Alert Hurts Carriers; Delta, United Continental in Focus


## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Unbelievable Lie of the Day: Turkey Says It Had Not Recognized the Aircraft as Russian When it Shot it Down

Turkey Is The New Ho Chi Minh Trail——-How ISIS Thrives

How Turkey Exports ISIS Oil To The World: The Scientific Evidence

Putin says to keep cooperating with U.S.-led coalition over Syria

Russia Slaps Economic Sanctions on Turkey Over Jet Downing

France: we could work with Syrian regime troops in ground fight against Isil

Erdogan’s Desperate Move To Save His Terrorist Pals

Former CIA Deputy Director Gives A Stunning Reason Why Obama Has Not Attacked ISIS' Oil Infrastructure

The Collision Course in Syria

President Obama demands that Turkey close stretch of frontier with Syria
Ankara is accused of tolerance of – if not complicity with – the terrorists, who use border as a crossing point for Isis recruits and oil sales

Army Chief: Germany Planning To Deploy 1,200 Troops for IS Fight

Obama Signs Defense Bill Authorizing $500 Million More In Aid To "Moderate" Syrian Rebels

Minister: Russia Plane Entered Israel Control Zone From Syria

A Russian warplane recently entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria but the intrusion was resolved without incident, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday.

Ukraine leaves sabotaged power lines to Russian-annexed Crimea in mud

China unveils ‘armed attack’ robots armed with guns and grenades

Putin Approves Economic Retaliation Measures Against Turkey

Some Guns Used In Paris Attacks Produced In Ex-Yugoslavia's Arsenal

Turkey Asks Citizens To Avoid Traveling To Russia; Erdogan Expresses Regrets Over Jet Downing

3 dead, 20 injured in attack on U.N. base in Mali

Philippines shopping for arms to beef up maritime security

Impacts of Turkey’s Aggression against Russia. The “Turkish Stream” is Dead. Disruption of Gas Pipeline Routes to the EU. Russia’s Economy in Crisis?

Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Government Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Help Fight "Terrorists"

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's sentence suspended: Swiss official

Violence Erupts In Turkey After Prominent Lawyer Is Assassinated On Live TV

ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection

'Large' Chinese military fleet flies near Japan islands: media

Report: Overworked Navy at a tipping point (US)

Saudi Arabia Plans to Behead More Than 50 People in a Single Day

Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead In Southeast Turkey

Following EU Decision To Label All Israeli Goods, Netanyahu Breaks Diplomatic Contact

China air force patrols in Beijing's ADIZ in the East China Sea


## Migrants/refugees ##
Japan investigates abandoned North Korean fishing boats

Nearly a dozen fishing boats, some with bodies aboard, have been drifting into Japanese waters, raising speculations of migrations from nearby North Korea.

European Refugee Crisis: As Macedonia Builds Fence Along Greek Border, How Will Europe Relieve Pressure?

Refugees could be fined or lose residency for failing to uphold Dutch values
Newcomers told to be good neighbours and speak Dutch if they want to stay in Netherlands, as country adopts tougher approach on migration

Member states deepen development aid diversion to refugees

Lie Detectors, Solitary: How South Korea Screens Refugees

Germany's plan to strike EU-wide refugee-sharing deal stalls

Declaring new start, EU and Turkey sign $3B migrant deal

German Economist Concludes Refugees Will Ultimately Cost Germany €900 Billion
“In contrast to the absurd Keynesian position that refugees will pay for themselves via higher growth rates, German economist Bernd Raffelhüschen estimates that over the long haul Refugees Will Cost Germany €900 billion.

Via translation ... Bernd Raffelhüschen, director of the Research Center for Generational Contracts totals the cost of all government spending on refugees, including social insurance, over the life of a refugee.

At his Market Economy Foundation presentation, Raffelhüschen stated that "even with an integration of migrants into the labor market within six years, administrative fees in the long term will cost 900 billion euros."

The article did not say the number of migrants on which the number was based, or whether the influx would continue and at what pace.

If one assumes 4 million total refugees, then each refugee would cost €225,000. Spread out over 30 years, the cost would be €7,500 per year…”

Exactly so. Although refugees should be helped, the idea that the added labor force (and taxpayers) will help economies is a relic of the time when oil extraction costs were cheap. It's the same outmoded thinking that building still more roads will "stimulate" economies. Those days are over. -- RF

European HIV Infections Hit Record High, CDC Blames "Migrants And Refugees"

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Greek pensioners take to streets ahead of expected cuts

Laquan McDonald Protest Draws Thousands To Block Chicago Stores On Black Friday

Pakistan's Gawahi Christian TV Station Gutted in Fire

Protests in UK, Spain As Momentum Builds to Join Syria Strikes

COP21: French Police Fire Tear Gas Into Crowds To Quell Protests In Paris

Hundreds of Russian truck drivers head to Moscow for protest

Anti-U.S. base protest (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##

"On The Cusp Of A Staggering Default Wave": Energy Intelligence Issues Apocalyptic Warning For The Energy Sector

Fitch: More capital budget cuts coming in 2016
Another round of budget cuts and more financial trouble are coming for U.S. oil and gas companies next year, debt ratings agency Fitch Ratings said Monday in its 2016 oil and gas outlook.

European Oilfield Services: More Pain to Come before Sector Recovers

Obama green energy project Abengoa on verge of bankruptcy; demise recalls Solyndra

Spain's troubled Abengoa changes boss amid creditor talks

Crony Capitalism At Work——$29 Billion “Green Energy” Boondoggle Flops in Spain

Shell Forced to Scale Back Ambitions

Microsoft's Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative

Island-wide blackout hits Grand Cayman

Power ship steams into Ghana port to help end blackouts
A power-generating ship was officially welcomed at Ghana's main port on Sunday after arriving the previous day in what Power Minister Kwabena Donkor said was a bid to keep the country on track to end chronic blackouts.

The $30 Oil Cliff Threatening Russia's Economy

Oil's Big Players Line Up for $30 Billion of Projects in Iran

Alberta’s carbon tax plan ‘one more reason why the Western Canadian oilfield is going to slowly die’

Shadows of thermal power gloom loom over solar industry (India)

New Alaskan strip coal mine for China, there go the salmon

Deforestation continues, despite forests being the best way to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius

Egypt expects to start power output from 1st nuclear reactor by 2024

Highly unlikely. -- RF

Minister signals German trust could handle nuclear waste storage

“Germany could share responsibility for phasing out nuclear power with energy firms by setting up a publicly managed trust, the environment minister said on Sunday.

Barbara Hendricks' comments to Deutschlandfunk radio follow calls by Germany's top energy firms utilities on Berlin to help handle the country's nuclear exit and set up a trust for decommissioning plants and the storage of radioactive waste.

A government-appointed commission is tasked with recommending by early 2016 how to safeguard the funding of fulfilling the exit.

The use of a public trust is one option under discussion and closely eyed by investors, as utilities would then have to transfer certain assets, most likely cash and minority stakes.

Chancellor Angela Merkel accelerated the shift away from nuclear power and fossil fuels towards renewable sources of energy such as wind, hydro, solar and biomass power after Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Germany's "big four" utilities - E.ON, RWE , EnBW and Vattenfall - have already set aside nearly 40 billion euros ($42 billion) to fund the decommissioning and waste disposal but say they cannot handle the problem on their own…”

There is not enough money for this, and there never will be. Keep watching this situation as national economies tank, money disappears, and the legacy of nuclear power turns into an unmitigated global disaster. -- RF

Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future


## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Cable theft leaves hundreds of phone connections dead

## Got food? ##
South Sudan food team finds risk of 'widespread catastrophe'

Nestle Admits To Slave Labor, May Prompt Other Companies To Come Clean

Got slavery-free food? -- RF


## Lifestyle solutions ##
Human contact, not online community, best depression remedy

## Environment/health ##
Energy drinks run out of fizz as scientists discover spoonful of sugar in water has same effect

Climate Change: Are Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Causing Rapid Plankton Growth?

COP21: Public support for tough climate deal 'declines'

Vale confirms arsenic found in water days after Brazil dam burst

Potatoes can help cut cancer risk
New study reveals eating potatoes and cabbage can help reduce risk of developing stomach cancer

Eating less meat isn’t just good for you, it could save the planet

Will climate change lead to fewer humans?

Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Beware of cyber thieves stealing your Social Security number this holiday season

'Global War on Terror' Coincides with Dramatic Increase of Terrorism

Medical Devices That Are Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

Inside Anonymous' Messy Cyberwar Against ISIS

Indian hackers join Anonymous in the the cyber war against ISIS

HSBC Whistleblower Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

A former HSBC employee was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for aggravated industrial espionage. Although HSBC claims the whistleblower initially stole the information for his own personal financial gain, his revelations exposed international fraud, tax evasion, and money-laundering scams involving thousands of corrupt businessmen and arms dealers.

Using New "Pre-Crime" Laws France Arrests 24 Climate Activists

Another New Low – Saudi Arabia Threatens to Sue Twitter Users Who Compare it to ISIS

Saudi Arabia and ISIS – A Side by Side Comparison

Hackers Swap ISIS Websites With Ads For Viagra And Prozac

## Propaganda ##
Alibaba-South China Morning Post Acquisition Could Have Big Political Implications

Inside The ISIS Propaganda Machine: An Up-Close Look At A Militant Media Strategy

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Beijing's super commutes reflect a city bulging at the seams

Modi wants to build a modern, pollution-free India—but where’s the money?

“Why would a country with a third of its population living in poverty support a global agreement at the Paris climate talks? With per capita greenhouse emissions of about a tenth of many developing countries, why wouldn’t India just argue that it should be exempt from climate deals while it focuses on bringing electricity, food and jobs to its hundreds of millions of poor?

In short, because a strong global agreement on climate change is in India’s interests and the political interests of its prime minister, Narendra Modi, as well as those of the international community.

As the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse emitter overall, India’s actions matter hugely to future global emissions, and to the prospects of a successful deal in Paris.

But fortunately, India’s vision and desire to develop sustainably makes it more likely, not less, that it will join the prospective Paris agreement—assuming that it gets the financial help it needs from the international community…”


Certainly, these are laudable goals — sane and humane people would not argue against the attempt to lift millions of humans out of poverty. Unfortunately, there will never be enough cheap energy to accomplish much of this. Meanwhile, thanks to the rising cost of energy extraction, poverty is making a comeback in developed countries like the US, Japan, and the UK. The economic growth needed to float all humans' boats will never come. -- RF

How the American middle class lost its taste for mindless consumerism

NYC-area ports stare down sizeable challenge of modernizing

Moore's Law: Chips Aren’t Getting Much Smaller, and That Stinks for Intel

The World's Fastest Growing Cities (Urban Growth per Hour)

Disaster in the making. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan's Economy: Tight Labor Market Restricts Wage Growth Despite Drop In Unemployment

Japan's Debt Trap Won't Fix Itself

Japan eyes greater government role in nuclear fuel recycling

Kansai Electric seeks to operate aging reactor beyond 40-year limit

High schoolers spend average of 4 hours a day on smartphones: survey

Tokyo seen footing at least ¥40 billion of Olympic stadium bill

Foreign itinerant workers living on the edge in Japan

Medical remunerations to be lowered to curb costs

Japanese making living mainly as farmers fall below 2 million mark

## China ##

Chinese Copper Smelters Said to Weigh Cuts in Output Next Year

The Chinese government could use big data to track individual students’ political views

China Jails Civil Rights Activist Guo Feixiong For 6 Years Over Censorship Protest

3 Chinese brokerages say they are under investigation

Chinese Pull Back From U.S. Property Investments

Mark Mobius warns of waning steel demand in China

China Says It Has Met Pollution Reduction Goals Early As Smog Envelops Beijing

Beijing Raises Pollution Alert to the Second-Highest Level

The World's Largest Elevator Market Is Falling and May Never Recover

China's shadow banking risk shifts to booming bond market

More than 10 Japanese detained in China for spying since 2012

## UK ##
Low Oil Prices Could Spell Trouble For The UK Through Dramatic Tax Losses, Shuttered Businesses

UK Government Plans To Charge Rent To Its Own Departments: 2015 Autumn Spending Review

UK Q3 GDP Growth Falls To 0.5% As Massive Trade Gap Weighs On Economy

A&E waiting times are getting worse, report finds

Birmingham foodbank parcels handed out to record numbers of desperate families

UK cancels pioneering £1bn carbon capture and storage competition

Activist group linked to Jeremy Corbyn has accounts closed amid fears it may be funding terrorism

## US ##
Do You Remember When Black Friday Actually Still Mattered In America?

Consumers Lose Grapple with Reality, “Decline in Economic Aspirations” Sets in

Video of the Day – If Black Friday Were a Movie

The Videos Are In: US Shoppers Go Wild, Beat Each Other Up To Celebrate Black Friday Sales

Thin Crowds, Subdued Shopping on Black and Blue Friday; Thanksgiving Shopping a Bust

Online sales may not be the saving grace retailers were hoping for

Black Friday: Retailers Pull Out The Ecommerce Stops And Deals, Stretch Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping Into A Week-Long Affair For Consumers

Laquan McDonald Shooting: Protesters Disrupt Black Friday Shopping in Downtown Chicago

Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

Air Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols; critics question legality

Are Millennials as broke as the media says they are? The answer is a resounding yes for the following reasons.

'Sting trailers' offer glimpse into world of cargo thieves

Cargo theft has become a huge problem that the FBI says causes $15 billion to $30 billion in losses each year in the U.S.

More older Americans staying on job or retiring in phases

## The candidates ##

Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well

Donald Trump Reframes Claim That Muslims In New Jersey Cheered 9/11

“Worldwide, the Muslims were absolutely going wild,” the real-estate mogul said at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Clinton wins union endorsements but still struggles to win over hearts

Trump’s call for Spying on US Muslims recalls FBI bugging of MLK, Black Churches

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ben Carson Says Refugees Belong In Jordan, Middle East, Not US Or Europe

Jeb Bush says Donald Trump 'uninformed' and even 'scary'

Black religious leaders deny plans to endorse Trump


And finally...

Wife takes revenge on cheating husband by selling house while he's away on business trip!

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