- Russia: New statistics show sharp growth in the numbers of Russians living in poverty.
- China will lay off 5 to 6 million workers.
- So Russian has invaded Ukraine and intervened in Syria while China is grabbing and militarizing South China Sea islands previously claimed by Taiwan, South Vietnam and the Philippines.
- Noting that the American middle class has been in decline for a while now:
Do these shed any light upon the overwhelming exclusion of most news by ISIS and the Trump phenomenon? Or are we just not wearing our tinfoil hat often enough?