Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday roundup (01-24-2017)

There's a key risk in Europe that everybody is missing (The Business Insider) A meeting of nationalist leaders sows division in Europe (PBSNewshour)

Federal Debt [in the United States is] Projected to Grow by Nearly $10 Trillion Over Next Decade (The New York Times)

Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines (The Washington Post) Trump sends an unmistakable signal on pipelines: Big oil is back (The Los Angeles Times)

Donald Trump tells Detroit auto CEOs that environmental regulations are ‘out of control’ (The Washington Post) As Trump Signals Rollback On Environmental Regulations, New Jobs Report Indicates That's A Bad Idea (Forbes)

Federal Workers Told To Halt External Communication In First Week Under Trump: Staff have been told to stop talking to Congress and the press. (The Huffington Post) Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies: ‘It’s a dark time right now,’ a former Obama administration spokeswoman says as multiple agencies tell employees to restrict news releases and social media. (Politico) Trump bans government scientists from sharing their work with the taxpayers who funded it (RawStory) WHAT WE ACTUALLY LOSE WHEN THE USDA AND EPA CAN’T TALK TO THE PUBLIC: FACTS AREN'T POLITICAL (Popular Science)

Four ways to save our food system if bees disappear: If a region’s farms were to lose the free labor they rely on, what could we do to keep crops growing—and how much would new methods change the way we eat? (The New Food Economy)

Whirlpool to cut 500 EMEA jobs in dryer manufacturing unit (Reuters)

     The aim of this blog is to show (mostly from reports in mainstream respected news sources) that there is reason to believe that both the United States and the global economies remain fragile in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008 and that a number of threats exist today that could, if they worsened, bring about economic depression -- not just a minor depression, but a depression worse than the Great Depression. Key threats include excessive risk-taking by financial firms, unchecked by effective regulation; the continued existence of "too big to fail" institutions; and most especially, the amassing of levels of public and private debt which could become unsustainable.

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