Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Breaking News Tues. Jan 11, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to the People of Australia

Financial News
TheDailyBail: Texas Lawmakers Faced with $27 Billion Budget Shortfall

WSJ: Downturn's Ugly Trademark: Steep, Lasting Drop in Wages  
Bloomberg: Portugal's Soaring Bond Yields May Make Bailout `Inevitable': Euro Credit  
Guardian: Portugal tries to calm bailout fears despite gloomy forecasts
Bloomberg: Job Openings in U.S. Decrease for Third Time in Four Months
Bloomberg: Portugal's Soaring Bond Yields May Make Bailout `Inevitable': Euro Credit
CNN: SEC starved for reform funds
BeforeItsNews: Illinois Governor Flees Capitol Through The Basement After Disastrous Meeting
CharlesHughSmith: The Mechanics of Hyperinflation: Bankers vs. Politicos 

Peak Oil and Energy News
Reuters: Alaska's main oil pipeline was still expected to restart this week
...after a spill on Saturday forced it to shut down, idling 12 percent of U.S. oil production, a source familiar with its operations said.
WSJ: Coal production grinds to a halt because of Queensland floods

War, conflict and Terrorism
VOA: Gates Says North Korea Will Be Threat to US Within 5 Years
Guardian: China confirms stealth fighter jet tests
Speaking during visit to Beijing, US defence secretary Robert Gates says Chinese president Hu Jintao confirmed plane's first test flight
VOA: Chinese Leaders Surprised by Fighter Test During Gates Visit
BBC: Viewpoint: A new Sino-US high-tech arms race?
Alexander Neill, head of the Asia Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute, considers the apparent emergence of a new Sino-US high-tech arms race. 
VOA: Biden: US Committed to Afghanistan Beyond 2014
SFGate: Report: New spy plane tested in SoCal desert
ChristianScienceMonitor: Iran claims it has dismantled Israeli spy ring behind nuclear scientist's death 
Iran state TV last night broadcast a confession by an Iranian who said senior Israeli officers helped him rehearse the bombing that killed an Iranian nuclear scientist a year ago.

Environmental News
TreeHugger: Shocking Mass Animal Deaths Around The World (Slideshow)  
ChristianScienceMonitor: Australia braces for fresh wave of flooding in Brisbane
Brisbane prepares for fresh flooding and another town recovers from an 'inland tsunami,' as Australia waits for a reprieve from weeks of rain and flooding.
BloombergBusinessWeek: U.S. Northeast May Get 14 Inches of Snow From Storm
BBC: Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Panel urges major reforms
TreeHugger: The War on The Bike and the Bus In Toronto: Activists Regroup, Respond
TheAustralian: Deadly wave heads for Brisbane
ClimateProgress: New Mexico governor picks climate denier Harrison Schmitt to run energy department
OrganicAuthority: USDA Ag Secretary Calls For Compromise on GM Debate

Police State, Big Brother and surveillance
MotherJones: Obama's Drone Memo Dilemma
"Sometime during Obama's term, there's a good chance an American citizen will be killed on the president's orders." The Obama administration released Bush-era legal opinions authorizing torture. Will it make public its own rationale for targeting US citizens for death?
Wired: Despite Denials, Blackwater Still Working for U.S.
Nation:  Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You? 
(someone in one of the forums posted this and now I can't find it. thanks to you, whoever you are!)
Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? No? Then you haven't been paying much attention. Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.
TPMMuckraker: Saudi Prince Clears Israeli Vulture Of Spying Allegations

Intrigue and Wiklileaks
BusinessInsider: It's Confirmed: Wikileaks Is Targeting Bank Of America
Guardian: WikiLeaks: Julian Assange 'faces execution or Guantánamo detention'
Skeleton argument outlined by Australian's defence team claims he could face rendition to US if extradited to Sweden

Science and Technology
Whattsupwithat: Thunderstorms proven to create antimatter
CNN: NASA spots smallest planet yet discovered outside Sun's solar system
BeforeItsNews: Space Oddity: Hubble Zooms in on Strange, Glowing Green Cloud Of Gas, Astronomers Mystified

Food and Water in the News
Reuters: Algeria debates food price cuts to quell riots
The Algerian government was due to hold a special meeting on Saturday to consider steps to reduce soaring food prices, in an effort to quell violent protests which have broken out across the country.
OrganicAuthority: What's in Fast Food Chicken? (Hint: It’s NOT Chicken)

Medical and Health
BBC: Italian man shot in head sneezes out bullet and lives
An Italian man has astonished doctors by sneezing a bullet out through his nose after being shot in the head.
AmericanDream: 8 Conspiracy Theories About Health That The Mainstream Media Has Been Forced To Admit Are Actually True
PopSci: H1N1 Finding Could Lead to Universal Flu Vaccine

Other News
BBC: Why America's gun laws won't change
Since Saturday's tragic shootings in Arizona, America's cable news channels have been flooded with analysts speculating about why.
Slate: On Amy and Randy Loughner and Susan Klebold
LAT:  Jared Lee Loughner's parents alone with their anguish, neighbor says
'They're both in there crying,' says the neighbor who took them Monday's mail. He describes the couple as very private and devoted to their son.
VanityFair: Tom DeLay: Conspirator and Conspiracy Theorist?
HuffingtonPost: Glenn Beck Photo FAIL: Fox Host's Site Runs Unfortunate Juxtaposition (PICTURE)
CNN: Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'
They're planning an "angel action" -- with 8- by 10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets. The actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church and its neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepherd, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyoming.

"We want to surround them, in a nonviolent way, to say that our community is united," Gilmer said. "We're a peaceful haven.
TruthOut: The Philosophies That Put People Behind Bars

News From the Forums
There is a lot of good debate and discussion going on in the forums right now, why not check them out and join in!
TinfoilPalace: Congressional Adjunct Dies in Fire IN HER CAR!
TinfoilPalace: Westboro Baptist Church Vows to Picket Little Girl's Funeral
TheOilAge: Unbelievable video of flooding in Australia!
TheOilAge: cops impound ATV for daring to plow neighbor's snow
Hubberts-Arms: The Patriot Nurse on the Survival Podcast--Medical Preps
Hubberts-Arms: Man admits he lied to FBI to frame associates as terrorists
SilentCountry: Man Arrested in Denver for Threat to Shoot Aides to U.S. Senator Bennet
SilentCountry: India will pay gold for Iran oil

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