Wake Up Wyoming: 9.25.17

Divisive #Dotard #Trump incites #NFL #TakeAKnee reaction to distract lower and middle class Americans who might be taking it rectally if TPTB’s new tax plan is approved.  #North Korea and #Venezuela added to US travel ban affecting all 65.6 million global refugees. #Israel and Uncle Sam are on the offensive in #Syria.  #Russia meddling accusations still lack any evidence but make good headlines.  Contaminated water in #Flint increased fetal death rates.  GOOD NEWS: Plastic-eating fungus found in Pakistan trash dump… and MORE!  Wake Up Wyoming: 9.25.17

Wake Up Wyoming Top Stories: 9.25.17

The Independent: Plastic-degrading fungus found in Pakistan rubbish dump

Scientists believe they may have discovered one solution to the planet’s growing level of plastic waste in the form of a plastic-eating fungus.

Researchers who set out to find a naturally occurring means of degrading waste plastic safely, extracted samples from a rubbish dump outside Islamabad in Pakistan and found a soil fungus that was feeding on plastic.

TREEHUGGER: Plastic particles found in most tap water samples across the globe

With an average of 83 percent of samples harboring plastic, the U.S. fared the worst with a whopping contamination rate of 94 percent. And it’s not like the samples were taken from sketchy locations; plastic fibers were found in tap water coming from places like Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York

The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibres and fragments in all of the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar. In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tonnes of fibres on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes.

UPI: Flint’s contaminated water increased fetal death rates

Sept. 22 (UPI) — A University of Kansas study released Wednesday found that the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Mich. caused lower fertility rates and higher infant death rates.  They found that fertility rates in Flint decreased by 12 percent and fetal death rates increased by 58 percent.

“This represents a couple hundred fewer children born that otherwise would have been,” Slusky said. The study’s findings contradict a July 2015 study by the Michigan Department of Health and Human, which concluded that there is no “evidence that indicates the water” in Flint caused higher fetal death rates, reported Mlive.

Although American pharmacists in the early 20th century gave lead pills to women who wanted to have abortions, the science about the effects of lead poisoning on fertility and infant death rates isn’t conclusive, according to the University of Kansas.

CNBC: Governments will close down bitcoin and cryptocurrencies if they get too big, warns Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon has laid into bitcoin and digital currencies once again, warning that governments will shut them down if they grow too large.

“Right now these crypto things are kind of a novelty. People think they’re kind of neat. But the bigger they get, the more governments are going to close them down,” Dimon said during an interview with CNBC-TV18 in New Delhi on Friday.

Dimon was concerned that with bitcoin, ethereum and various initial coin offerings (ICOs), there are now cryptocurrencies everywhere.

“It’s creating something out of nothing that to me is worth nothing,” he said. “It will end badly.”

Dimon warned that governments will eventually crack down on cryptocurrencies and will attempt to control it by threatening anyone who buys or sells bitcoin with imprisonment, which would force digital currencies into becoming a black market.

These are the latest comments from Dimon attacking bitcoin. Earlier this month he called the cryptocurrency a “fraud.”. His comments, along with several prominent hedge fund investors, came before a sharp sell-off in bitcoin. The price for one bitcoin fell from around $4,340 to as low as $2,981.05 in the days after his comments.

Bitcoin has since recovered to around $3,640.68, according to CoinDesk data. Despite this volatility, bitcoin’s value has risen 264 percent this year.

Of course, Dimon fails to acknowledge that fiat currency created by central banks is also something created out of nothing by private banks and loaned into existence with interest. In fact, within the current rigged financial system it the national debt dropped to zero there would be no currency left in existence.  The central banks make ungodly amounts of money and wield godlike power through this scam and decentralized cryptocurrencies directly threaten them.

Zerohedge: Putting America’s Record-Breaking $20 Trillion Debt In Global Context

The U.S. federal government just passed a record $20 trillion in publicly held debt. That’s bigger than the entire economy of every country in the European Union, combined.

As HowMuch.net notes, the debt will only grow higher unless President Trump and the U.S. Congress can agree to unprecedented spending cuts combined with tax increases.

Don’t count on that happening anytime soon. Most people think that an eye-popping $20+ trillion debt is insurmountable, and in fact, it is the largest in the world by far.

But when you look at another fiscal measure – the ratio of debt-to-GDP – the U.S. is not in the worst situation…

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The Guardian: Israeli jets bombed site close to Damascus airport, reports say

Reuters: U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor: senior commander

Zerohedge: Russia Warns US In Unprecedented “Secret” Face-To-Face Meeting Over Syria, But What’s The Endgame?

The moment the first Russian jet landed in Syria at the invitation of the Assad government in 2015, Putin placed himself in the driver’s seat concerning the international proxy war in the Levant. From a strategic standpoint the armed opposition stood no chance of ever tipping the scales against Damascus from that moment onward. And though US relations with Russia became more belligerent and tense partly as a result of that intervention, it meant that Russia would set the terms of how the war would ultimately wind down.

Russia’s diplomatic and strategic victory in the Middle East was made clear this week as news broke of “secret” and unprecedented US-Russia face to face talks on Syria. The Russians reportedly issued a stern warning to the US military, saying that it will respond in force should the Syrian Army or Russian assets come under fire by US proxies.

The AP reports that senior military officials from both countries met in an undisclosed location to discuss spheres of operation in Syria and how to avoid the potential for a direct clash of forces. Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks as the Syrian Army in tandem with Russian special forces are now set to fully liberate Deir Ezzor city, while at the same time the US-backed SDF (the Arab-Kurdish coalition, “Syrian Democratic Forces”) – advised by American special forces – is advancing on the other side of the Euphrates. As we’ve explained before, the US is not fundamentally motivated in its “race for Deir Ezzor province” by defeat of ISIS terrorism, but in truth by control of the eastern province’s oil fields. Whatever oil fields the SDF can gain control of in the wake of Islamic State’s retreat will then used as powerful bargaining leverage in negotiating a post-ISIS Syria.

The Guardian: NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump

Bloomberg: Trump’s War With NFL Threatens to Overshadow Rollout of Tax Plan

The big thing Wall Street and corporate America really want from President Donald Trump is a tax cut. And on the week when that plan is being revealed, Trump instead is asking Americans to choose sides between kneeling football players and the U.S. flag.

Bloomberg: Trump Says He Wants 15% Corporate Tax Rate Despite Plan for 20% and Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Rich

Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter — but there’s at least one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump.

“We’ll see what happens, but I hope it’s going to be 15 percent,” Trump told reporters Sunday as he prepared to return to Washington after a weekend in New Jersey. The current corporate tax rate is 35 percent. Meanwhile, the group of administration officials and congressional leaders that’s planning a framework for tax legislation is also expected to recommend cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent, down from 39.6 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The emerging framework includes a proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent — a costly move in revenue terms that Trump and Republicans say is necessary to create job growth. But its provisions for individual taxes may hit closer to home for many Americans.

Three tax lobbyists familiar with those changes said they include cutting the top individual tax rate to 35 percent and creating a 25 percent rate for certain “pass-through” business owners — both down from the current top rate of 39.6 percent. Such changes would cut taxes substantially for the top 1 percent of earners, said Kyle Pomerleau, an expert with the Tax Foundation, a right-leaning Washington policy group.

An analysis by Washington’s Tax Policy Center last year found that half of the business income earned by all pass-through businesses, such as partnerships and limited liability companies, goes to those making $693,000 or more annually — placing them well within the top 1 percent of taxpayers by income.

 

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NOTE:  This graphic is from January 2017.  It may not be 100% accurate anymore.

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LA Times: Milo Yiannopolous is greeted by dozens of counter-protesters on UC Berkeley campus

ZeroHedge: One Simple Chart Proves That Facebook Thinks You’re A Moron

Last week we jokingly wrote about a Facebook press release that was apparently an honest effort by the social media giant intended to summarize Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 election using their social media platform. That said, at least to us, it seemed as though Facebook unwittingly proved what a farce the entire ‘Russian collusion’ narrative had become as, after digging through advertising data for the better part of full year, Facebook reported that they found a ‘staggering’$50,000 worth of ad buys that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run ‘potentially politically related’ads.

Not surprisingly, after being attacked by the mainstream media and even Hillary for “assisting” the Russians, Zuckerberg is once again in the press today fanning the flames of the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative by saying that Facebook will release to Congress the details of the 3,000 ads that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts.

And while it seems obvious, please allow us to once again demonstrate why this entire process is so utterly bizarre…

The chart below demonstrates how the $50,000 worth of ad buys that ‘MAY’ have been purchased by Russian-linked accounts to run ‘potentially politically related’ ads compares to the $26.8 billion in ad revenue that Facebook generated in the U.S. over the same time period between 3Q 2015 and 2Q 2017….If $50,000 can swing an entire presidential election can you imagine what $26.8 billion can do?

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WSWS: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google has intensified its censorship of left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, cutting the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April.

On August 2, the World Socialist Web Site reported that changes to Google’s search algorithm had led the search traffic of these sites to drop by 45 percent, according to figures by the search analysis service SEMRush.

In the ensuing six weeks, the search traffic of every one of these sites, without exception, has plunged further, leading the total search traffic for the sites to fall by an additional nine percentage points.

The World Socialist Web Site, whose search traffic had fallen by 67 percent between April and July, has now experienced a total drop in search traffic of 74 percent.

Rice Farmer’s News Links, September 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown ##

Harvey and Irma Won’t End Carmageddon

GM cuts entire shift at factory for crossovers due to “moderating” sales, layoffs not temporary.

The Demise of the Dollar: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Special Pump-and-Dump Scheme Spikes to High Heaven

An economist says India lacks the guts to even admit that it faces epic economic problems

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Lay Off 10% of its Staff

Master of share-buybacks and revenue-shrinkage does what it does best.

Canada’s ‘borrowing binge’ has put economy in precarious position, report warns

The Great Corporate Cash Shell Game

## War on cash/cashless society ##

Hang on to your cash. This dash to digitise payments is dangerous

Banknotes and coins are a public utility, and companies make no profit from their use. Hence the drive for cashlessness – and with it, greater surveillance

## Fault lines ##

North Korea may detonate nuclear bomb in Pacific, foreign minister tells reporters

Behind fevered rhetoric, Kim seeks parity with Trump

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China’s top diplomat says Japan needs to press for talks with North Korea

‘N. Korean missiles can reach Chicago, would not be stopped’

Donald Trump’s War Of Words With North Korea Refuses To Abate

North Korea’s A-Bomb Is Deterring U.S. First Strike, Russia Says

Israel’s Stall-Forever ‘Peace’ Plan

Despite boosting the idea of Mideast peace, President Trump shields Israel in its resistance to a workable agreement with the Palestinians.

U.S. to provide over 6,500 Humvees to Afghanistan

Tillerson: Iran ‘Technically’ Complying With Nuclear Deal

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border

Accused of War Crimes, Saudis Investigate Themselves and Find No Wrongdoing

Canada imposes sanctions on key Venezuelan officials

Iran Closes Airspace To Iraqi Kurdistan Ahead Of Historic Independence Vote

Europe Steps Up to Try to Undermine Catalonia Independence Vote

Catalonia Referendum Is a Precedent Most in EU Hope to Avoid

Defiant Catalans Block Spain’s Military Boats From Landing; Spain Seizes “.CAT” Domain

It Gets Ugly in Catalonia

Spain’s “ships of repression” are coming to help out.

“Go Out & Vote!” – Catalan Separatists Defy Spain, Distribute 1 Million Ballots Ahead Of Referendum

Czech analyst: Eastern Europeans have lost faith in the EU

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the US Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran

Brazil’s army sent to help quell shootouts in Rio favela

In Major Disappointment, Merkel Wins German Election Despite Worst Result Since 1949; AfD Surges To Enter Parliament

## Migrants/refugees ##

Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a ‘health disaster’: MSF

Christianity waning in EU states accepting migrants: Orban

## Global unrest ##

Anti-fascist protesters flood Berlin streets as far-right celebrates historic election result

## Energy/resources ##

Hundreds Of Vertical Oil Wells Damaged By Horizontal Fracking

Peak oil in Latin America

Lithium-Ion Battery Production Is Surging, but at What Cost?

Don’t believe the hype: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have flopped with drivers

Heavy Crude Production Hit Hard By OPEC Cuts

Cobalt: The future is battery-powered. But are we overcharging the planet?

Solar Power Becomes Top Power Source Installed Worldwide

Oil Majors Brace For More Niger Delta Attacks

The solar panel imports case and the future of self-sufficiency

## Environment/health ##

New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease in the US

Bottled water is more popular than Pepsi and Coke — why you should avoid both

Drug-resistant infections are a ‘global health emergency’: WHO

Drug-resistant ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia

Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector

Fearing eruption, thousands in Bali flee from Mount Agung

Failing dam poses new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Are Americans Eating Healthy? [sic] Poor Diet Causes 1 In 5 Deaths Worldwide

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative

New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia “hacked” the DNC’s computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider. (William Binney, Ray McGovern)

D.C. appeals court says police can’t track cell phones without warrant

DHS Notifies 21 States Of Hacker Targeting; Election Officials Blame “Russian Government Cyber Actors”

Taser Wants to Build an Army of Smartphone Informants

Big Brother Walmart Tries to “Help” You: “It’s Like Magic”

Airport Police Demanded an Activist’s Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K.

Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Sue Over Warrantless Phone, Laptop Searches at US Border

The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime

Kushner Used Private Email for WH Business: Politico

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

The Killing of History

PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.

NBC Pushes Fake News That Russians Tried To Alter 2016 Election Results In Wisconsin

Russia was the target of Nato’s own fake news

Military and media reports hyped the Zapad military exercise as a major threat. In fact, what took place was nothing as dramatic as the West’s warnings would have led you to believe

Wanted: Russia Experts, No Expertise Required

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia.

NATO’s Fakenews Russia Scare Increases Defense Waste

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

The Steep Price of Disaster in Mexico

Rebuilding with no insurance and little government aid.

Increasingly, the world will find itself without the financial means to recover from natural disasters. — RF

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

## Japan ##

Food-serving tongs fly off shelves after bacterial outbreak hits Japan

TEPCO again ordered to pay damages over nuclear disaster, but not gov’t

BOJ set to keep monetary spigot open, political risk looms

US to renew nuclear pact with Japan

Japan would be able to continue to stockpile plutonium

Japan’s bomb in the basement

Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

Deputy Prime Minister Aso refers to shooting armed N Korean refugees in crisis

Japan’s Economic Sun May Rise Again Thanks to Anti-Aging Medicine

Typically, these “solutions” don’t see that the main problem is net energy decline. — RF

## China ##

Beijing’s military threats in South China Sea could hurt energy firms

Universities battleground for latest row over Hong Kong freedoms

A private solution for China’s zombie company problem? Unlikely

## UK ##

Moody’s downgrades UK’s rating on Brexit and growth fears

Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UK’s security boss

London mayor says Britain should not host President Trump on state visit

## US ##

Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

The Fed’s ‘out of control’ balance sheet is a major threat

Opioids are killing too many people to autopsy all the bodies

FL Residents Warned They’ll Be Ticketed for Hurricane-Damaged Homes

Why is NASA Covering Up Elon Musk’s Mistakes?

Hundreds of universities have helped DHS create a nation of fear

Elizabeth Warren confronted over ‘one percenter’ status, says ‘it’s not hypocrisy’

Police have killed more than 1,000 people with Tasers since 2000

Boobs On Credit

And finally…

Pot vs. kettle: North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad