CharlesHughSmith: If We Close Our Eyes, The Monster Will Go Away
CNNMoney: Kiss 4% mortgage rates goodbye
BusinessInsider: The Tea Party Plan For 2011: Government Shutdown And Repealing Obamacare
BusinessInsider: IRISH AUSTERITY BONUS: Bad Weather Will Cause Severe Water Shortage, Restrictions
PBSNewshour: (video) Homeowners Express Frustration with Government Loan Modifications
HuffingtonPost: The New Faces of Poverty
TheAmericanDream: In 2011 The Baby Boomers Start To Turn 65: 16 Statistics About The Coming Retirement Crisis That Will Drop Your Jaw
WashingtonPost: 2010 worst year for bank failures since 1992
FinancialArmageddon: I Wonder How They'll Interpret This?
PBSNewshour: Boston Firm Offers Homeowners a Second Chance After Foreclosure (Video)
Peak Oil and Energy News
TheTelegraph: Brazil to replace oil rigs with 'underwater cities'
RawStory: Brazil to build ‘underwater cities’ to drill for oil
TomWhipple: The Peak Oil Crisis: 2011 – A Pivotal Year?
DiscoveryNews: New Solar Reactor Makes Storable Fuels
War and Conflict
PBSNewshour: U.S.-Venezuela Tensions Rise Over Envoy Flap Revokes Ambassador's Visa
ForeignPolicy: Next Year's Wars The 16 brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011 (slideshow)
BeforeItsNews: South Korea Considers Unification With the North
ScientificAmerican:Abandoned Uranium Mines: An 'Overwhelming Problem' in the Navajo Nation
CBSNewsCanada: Mystery green substance in B.C. river (Hat tip to Sammy for this disturbing story)
BeforeItsNews: Gulf Activists Harassed By TSA Agents Who Claim Filming Is Illegal
CliateProgress: NOAA reports 2010 hottest year on record so far, while Arctic sea ice extent hits a stunning December low
USAToday: Magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattles parts of Indiana
Reuters: Minnesota sues 3M over pollution claims
ScientificAmerican: Countdown to Extinction, Another Record Year for Manatee Deaths
Police State, Big Brother and Surveillance
RawStory: Democratic lawmaker: Citizens United puts US on path to fascism
WashingtonPost: Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say
RawStory: Counter-terror ‘expert’ tells cops: Kill militant Muslims, ‘including children’
Cryptogon: Homeland Security Trolling ‘We Won’t Fly Blog’
Intrigue and Wikileaks
PublicIntellegence: WikiLeaks Cables Show DEA Has Become an International Spy Network
Spiegel: Copenhagen Terror Probe, Investigators Look into Possible Ties to 'Mickey Mouse Project'
Science and Technology News
Guardian: Dawn of the age of the robot
Food and Water
bbcNews: Water chaos affects thousands in Northern Ireland
NYT: Global Food Prices in 2011 Face Perilous Rise
Medical and Health
ScientificAmerican: What, Me Care? A recent study finds a decline in empathy among young people in the U.S.
CBSNewsCanada: Swine flu infects 3 female inmates in B.C.
TheTelegraph: 10m alive in Britain today will live to be more than 100 years old
TheTelegraph: Flu cases rise 40 per cent
WashingtonPost: U.S. and D.C. schedule follow-up sessions on national bedbug infestation
HuffingtonPost: Ashton Kutcher In Men's Fitness: Preparing For Armageddon
msnbc: Police fatalities jump 37 percent in 2010
TheAtlanticWire: Kentucky Creationist Museum Will Feature Dragons, Unicorns
pbs: Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies for K-12th Students
VOA: Former Israeli President Convicted of Rape
News From The Forums
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TinfoilPalace: U.K.-based International Tribunal to try Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict), Queen Elizabeth II, U.K., Vatican, Irish, Canadian officials for crimes against humanity, child abuse and trafficking - interview with Rev. Kevin Annett by Alfred Lambremont Webre
Hubberts-Arms: iDespair - Suicides at Apple Computers Assembly Plants in China Revealed
TinfoilPalace: Human Rights group's explosive Nazis in America report
SilentCountry: Americans becoming more like sociopaths every day, study says.
Hubberts-Arms: The Urban Survival Supply List
TheOilAge: Denninger 2011 Guesses
TheOilAge: TAE: 2011 predictions (as per present trends)
SilentCountry: Unemployment applications drop to 388,000 for Christmas week!!!! Yippie!!!