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## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Unidentified Investors Lend Belgium €50 Million, for 100 Years, With Flexible Conditions, at 2.5% Interest
“Hot Money” Flees Latin America, Triggers Currency Bloodbath, Risk of Mega Debt Crisis
How The World's Biggest Oil Exporters Are Suffering From $40-A-Barrel Crude Oil
Saudi Arabia hangs on with cheap oil—but for how long?
Saudi Arabia ‘could cut billions’ from budget amid plunging oil prices – report
China Meltdown Leaves Global Carmakers Burned
Breaking BRICs: China’s $5 Trillion Stock Crash Exceeds Combined Market Cap Of Brazil, Russia, India And South Africa
Who Will Be the Bagholders This Time Around?
Anyone betting China's GDP is really expanding at 7% and the U.S. economy will grow by 3.7% next quarter is angling to be a bagholder.
War on Cash: The Financial Times Calls for Ending Cash, Calls it a “Barbarous Relic”
Caterpillar Inc plans to cut 475 more jobs amid revenue decline
Russia Refuses To Participate In Ukraine Debt Restructuring
More Dubai real estate agents to close, merge, brokers warn
Bubbles Don’t Correct, They BURST!
More than half of students chasing dying careers, report warns (Australia)
Auto-Sharing: Bad News for Carmakers?
August Car Sales Expected to Fall, Toyota in Trouble
New Vehicle Sales Collapse in Canada’s Oil Patch
## Airline death spiral ##
Asiana to remove nearly all its first-class seats
Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea's No. 2 flag carrier, said Wednesday it plans to eliminate almost all its first-class seats from its international flights as part of an effort to cut losses.
Chinese Whispers – Are The Legacy Carriers In Trouble Again?
Airline pilots describe their near-disasters on Reddit, and their passengers had no idea
Airbus to delay delivery of first A380 to Russia's Transaero
Out-of-Control Takeoff Try by Allegiant Jet Spurs FAA Probe
Republic’s Future in Doubt After Pilots Nix Vote on Contract
Europe faces up to flight safety threat posed by drones
Airline braces for millions in loss
AirAsia sees higher losses in India in second quarter
Big Brother Idiocy – TSA Spent $160 Million on Naked Body Scanners that Fail 96% of the Time
## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Distraught Colombians flee Venezuela as border dispute intensifies
New Russian Sukhoi PAK Missile For Fifth Generation Stealth Fighters To Exceed Mach 3.5
Russia will equip its fifth generation Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter with missiles that can travel at Mach 3.5 speeds, roughly around 2,302 miles per hour. The newly designed X-58USHK missile, which will be fitted to the T-50 when it enters service in 2016, is one of the fastest combat weapons ever produced and is being viewed as a future top selling defense item owing to its speed, characteristics and small size.
Spokesman: US, Philippines Hold Talks On Boosting Military Capacity
NATO Paratroopers Mount Exercise In Germany
U.S. plans more Asia-Pacific drills to counter China reclamation
As Western Sanctions Cripple Russia, Egypt's Sisi Considers Using Ruble For Tourism
Ukraine Military Conscription Goal Of 25,000 Soldiers Not Met, More Waves Of Army Draft Expected
Report: Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could become the world’s third-biggest
No sanctions? -- RF
## Migrants/refugees ##
Merkel, heckled on visit to refugees, says no to xenophobia
Hungarian police fire tear gas at migrants near border with Serbia
Hungary braces for thousands more refugees as record numbers cross the border with Serbia
Bodies of 50 migrants found in hull of boat rescued off Libyan coast
Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis
Desperate migrants find holes in Hungary's razor-wire fence strategy
Most seeking asylum in Europe are refugees, not mere migrants
Europe Migrant Death Toll Update: Breaking Down the Numbers Of The European Border Crisis
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
China, Worried About Unrest, Censors News on Monday’s Stock Market Crash
China Slowdown: Workers Strike, Protest, Leave Chinese Cities Because Of Economic Crisis
Tibetan Self-Immolations Just One Sign of Tensions
Youth Revolts Are Back: Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption
India just turned off mobile internet for 63 million citizens amid protests in Ahmedabad
Students launch hunger strike to protest security bills (Japan)
## Energy/resources ##
Wind EROI range and payback time (also solar, NG, geothermal, hydro, coal)
Iran’s Oil Investments Shrink to `Almost Nothing’ on Crude Slump
U.S. natural gas production waning
Federal report finds only one of seven shale basins expected to post gains.
The Real Long Term Threat To The Oil & Gas Industry
As oil prices continue their downward slide, most investors and firms are understandably eyeing prices, revenues, and exploration costs nervously. All that makes sense, as there is a good chance some oil firms will face liquidity crunches and restructuring over the next year. In the longer term though, there is another specter that could be equally damaging to O&G firms – a shortage of skilled labor.
Oil Industry Needs to Find Half a Trillion Dollars to Survive
At a time when the oil price is languishing at its lowest level in six years, producers need to find half a trillion dollars to repay debt. Some might not make it.
Schlumberger buying Cameron International in $12.71B deal
Thirsty Middle East faces worsening water stress - researchers
Conflict Over Water In Central Asia
Africa must harvest rains to feed growing population - experts
Latin America water security depends on curbing use by agriculture - experts
Ukraine's stockpiling of winter gas slower than last year -PM
Hamburg nuclear plant on road to demolition
Oilfield Giant Schlumberger Buying Houston-based Cameron for $14.8B
Rossi's E-cat: the slow death of a meme
Pummeled Chinese oil giants pressured to curtail investments
Oil price: industry braced for 'wave' of North Sea asset sales
Ecuador's president says country now producing oil at a loss
Russia announces second floating nuclear plant as new problems plague its first
Global Energy Deals Now Surpass Dawn of Oil 'Supermajors' Era
## Got food? ##
Haiti drought cuts harvests, lifts prices, food crisis looms-WFP
Monsanto Decides to Drop Syngenta Buyout Deal
Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states for glass
Your ground beef contains… what?!
## Environment/health ##
Sewage spill caused by rain flows into Honolulu's Waikiki Beach
Wars improve air quality in the Middle East (video)
A combination of armed conflict, political upheaval and economic restrictions has unexpectedly decreased air pollution in the Middle East since 2010.
'Significant Design Vulnerabilities' Plague Massive Nuclear Waste Site, Leaked Internal Review Reveals
On warmer Earth, most of Arctic may remove, not add, methane
CDC to doctors: Keep an eye out for plague
What if your naked eye could see wifi signals?
Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows
EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees
New Study Reveals Yet More Risks to Bees from Controversial Pesticides
Bee battles: why our native pollinators are losing the war
How cities can beat the heat
Rising temperatures are threatening urban areas, but efforts to cool them may not work as planned.
In Appalachia, the Coal Industry Is in Collapse, but the Mountains Aren’t Coming Back
Report: Carbon Credits Under Kyoto Protocol Actually Increased Emissions
Too Warm, Too Few Fish: Health Warning for World’s Oceans
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle
What If The "Crash" Is as Rigged as Everything Else?
Take your pick--here's three good reasons to engineer a "crash" that benefits the few at the expense of the many.
North Dakota Becomes First State to Legalize Drones Weaponized with Tasers, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Sound Canons
25 New Data Breaches Recorded Last Week
Windows 10 Reserves The Right To Block Pirated Games And 'Unauthorized' Hardware
Iranian Military Hackers Launched Google Phishing Campaign Against US, Middle East Activists: Researchers
As Obama's War in Iraq and Syria Rumbles On, Are Intel Books Getting Cooked?
Reports from inside the intelligence community indicate that what military assessments find and what the public is being told may be two very different things
How grapefruit juice helps pols reach the right voters
AP Sues FBI Over Impersonating An AP Reporter With A Fake AP Story
City of San Jose Looking To Attach Automatic License Plate Readers To Garbage Trucks
## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Excellent: Deflationary Collapse Ahead?
Economic and Social Tipping Points: Have We Arrived?
86 percent of South Korean students suffer from schoolwork stress
13,000 become homeless every month in Los Angeles County, study says
## Japan ##
Is it ‘Sayonara’ to Russia-Japan reset?
Japan Lawyers Join Opposition To Controversial Security Bills
Japanese Second Izumo-Class Helicopter Carrier To Be Launched By August End
Japanese coast guard aims to protect territorial waters from Chinese
SDF may protect U.S. ships without Japanese passenger
JR to start maglev construction
Waste of money. It'll never be finished. -- RF
Government mulls new subsidies for communities near decommissioned nuclear reactors
JR East suffers another cable fire, this time halting Yamanote Line service
Ministry requests ¥36.6 billion to deal with child poverty
## China ##
China’s central bank is fighting against the waves of cash flowing out of the country
China Cracks Down On Underground Banks That Funnel Billions Of Dollars Out Of The Country
China probing brokers, regulators for possible stock crimes
1000s Of Political Figures Are Stashing Cash In Swiss Accounts, Foreign Ministry Admits
China Stunner: Real GDP Is Now A Negative -1.1%, Evercore ISI Calculates
Profits At Two Chinese Oil Majors Slump On Low Crude Price
As Chinese Manufacturing Growth Cools Off, Worker Protest Mounts
China Crisis: China GDP Numbers Don’t Add Up, And That's A Problem For Anyone Doing Business There
China’s Toxic Waste Pits——Soaring ‘Putable’ Bonds And 8,000 Debt Guarantee Firms
China denies rushing forces to border during Korean tensions
What China's Treasury Liquidation Means: $1 Trillion QE In Reverse
## UK ##
More than 40 streets in Buckley may have lights turned out
Foreign worker numbers soar as Romanians registering in Britain triple in just one year
27,000 uninsured cars seized by police this year
Sheep rustling: Police are studying ancient methods of identification to help beat the thieves
You might think rustling is something consigned to old episodes of Bonanza on daytime satellite TV, but around 80,000 head of sheep get pinched every year in the UK from our hard-pressed farmers.
Shock as ministers end solar farm gold rush by slashing energy subsidies by 87 per cent
Council use of bailiffs to chase debts jumps 16% in two years, charity reports
## US ##
Americans’ Economic Outlook Plunges: Rosy scenario gets tangled up in reality.
Facebook Censors Feminist Author Due to “Profane” Book Title
Rutgers University Warns Students – “There is No Such Thing as Free Speech”
There Aren’t Enough Firefighters to Stop America’s West From Burning
China Slowdown Comes To The Midwest: Anxiety Grips A US Steel Town, As Industry Suffers And Union Faces Off With Management
Police Brutality Statistics: Law Enforcement Departments Receive Failing Grades In Twitter-Based Report Card
In privacy move, California lawmakers vote to restrict drones flying up to 350 feet high
Managers Use Drones To Track Employees' Progress
Margin Calls Emerge as Loans Against Stock Portfolios Used to Buy Homes, Boats and “Pretty Much Everything”
Another Ticking Time Bomb——-Wall Street Loans Collateralized By Stocks & Bonds
Why Miami is mostly unprotected from hurricanes
Saudi King Salman to meet Obama at White House on September 4
Kansas City Region Activity Remains in Deep Contraction
GDP by Other Measures; Will the "Real" GDP Please Stand Up?
## The Candidates ##
Donald Trump Mocks Asians With Broken-English Accent During Campaign Rally In Iowa
Trump dumps insults on questioners, insists on control
Sanders’s Screwy Mideast Strategy
Out of fear of offending the power centers of Official Washington, Democrats won’t or can’t formulate a coherent foreign policy. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders says the solution to Mideast chaos is more Saudi intervention when Saudi intervention in support of Sunni extremists is the heart of the problem.
What’s Hillary Hiding——Try Two Secret Wars And Much More
Scott Walker is sounding like Donald Trump
Why Biden Would Be a TERRIBLE President
Political Operatives Abandon Koch Network For Donald Trump
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