Monday, February 14, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Feb. 14, 2011

Middle East Turmoil
Grist: Egypt has a population crisis as well as a democracy crisis
TheTelegraph: Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts
Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.
BBC: Tunisia rejects Italian call to send immigration police
The Tunisian government has condemned calls from Rome to Italian deploy police in Tunisia to tackle a sudden wave of immigration.
msnbc: Police fire tear gas at Iranian opposition protesters
Thousands inspired by Egypt, Tunisia rally despite government ban, witnesses say
TheTelegraph: Egypt: Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune
Hosni Mubarak used the 18 days it took for protesters to topple him to shift his vast wealth into untraceable accounts overseas, Western intelligence sources have said.
BusinessInsider: Haass On Egypt: It's Up For Grabs
(president of CFR)
BusinessInsider: Is This Iran's Massive Gear Up To Crush Protesters?

Financial News 
IBTimes: DB NYSE Group may be name for giant exchange: sources
BLN: Engineered Economic Collapse Approaching; Budget Cuts Will Only Accelerate the Inevitable
Keiser Report: Eco-Eco Disasters 
WSJ: China became the world's second-largest economy in 2010, passing Japan
BusinessInsider: INFLATION ALERT: Now Consumers Are Being Warned Of A Massive Hike In Clothing Prices
BBC: Big Society is my mission, says David Cameron
David Cameron says it is his "mission" in politics to make the Big Society succeed - amid claims it is being wrecked by spending cuts.
 NakedCapitalism: Matt Stoller: The Egyptian Labor Uprising Against Rubinites

Via Wikileaks, we learned that the son of the former President of Egypt, Gamal Mubarak, had an interesting conversation in 2009 with Senator Joe Lieberman on the banking crisis. Gamal is a key figure in the forces buffeting Egypt, global forces of labor arbitrage, torture, and financial corruption. Gamal believed that the bailouts of the banks weren’t big enough – “you need to inject even more money into the system than you have”. Gamal, a former investment banker trained at Bank of America, helped craft Egypt’s industrial policy earlier in the decade.
YahooFinance: The Budget Debate: Austerity Lite

Peak oil and Energy News
ClimateProgress: Obama, Chu try to slash the multi-miracle hydrogen program once again
Bloomberg: Crude Oil Rises in London on Mideast Supply Disruption Concern
BloombergBusinessWeek: Crude Oil Rises as Chinese Export Gain Signals Demand Increase
MaxKeiser: A message to the 5,000 Saudi princes: Are you out of oil? Apply for a job down at McDonalds!

Environmental News

JakartaGlobe: No Time to Lose on Sea Wall: Experts
TibetanReview: China’s drought threatens global food security
WashingtonPost: Mysterious odor stumps Md. officials--Do you smell it?
TheTelegraph: Australians hit by Cyclone Yasi warned to stay away from deadly giant birds
Australians trying to rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Yasi have been warned to stay away from cassowaries – huge flightless birds with claws that can disembowel a human – on the hunt for food after their habitat was destroyed by the storm.
TheJakartaPost: Mob sets fire to gold mine camp in NTB

Food and Water
MailOnline: Bolivian President Evo Morales flees town ahead of speech after angry miners throw dynamite in protest at food shortages
ModernSurvivalBlog: Kraft Foods to Raise 2011 Prices
AmericanDream: Worst Freeze In 60 Years Wipes Out Entire Crops Across The Southwestern U.S. And Northern Mexico
Get ready to pay a lot more for produce at the supermarket.  In early February the worst freeze in 60 years wiped out entire crops all across the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. 

War, Conflict and Terrorism
TPM: Steve King: 'I Know' Jihadists Are Coming Over The Border From Mexico
Guardian: Terrorist Who Trained London Bombers Was Working For US Government
Exclusive: Release prompts claim Islamist was US informant while assisting London terrorist
BBC: South African 'made foot-and-mouth threat to UK'
A South African man has been charged with threatening to unleash a biological agent in Britain unless he was paid $4m (£2.5m).

Police State, Big Brother, Surveillance

Science and Technology
BBC: Mars500 crew 'walk on Mars' on simulated mission

RawStory: US Chamber hired firm to investigate families and children of critics

Medical and Health
abcNews: Mystery Illness Hits Playboy Mansion Partygoers
Respiratory Infection Outbreak Hit Attendees of Conference
Guardian: Executed man's mother urges ban on exports profiting from death penalty
Patches Rhode believes her son Brandon died in agony after anaesthetic supplied by UK wholesaler appeared ineffective
Wired: Gonorrhea Steals DNA From Humans

Other News
TheAtlantic: Is This Beijing's Suburban Future?
In case you've never seen this before but had heard of it, here's some of the pilot episode of Loan Gunmen.
GoogleHosted: Third of Russians think sun revolves around earth: poll
(Neener neener, neeeeeeener! :D)

The Forums
If you haven't yet visited the excellent forums linked below, now's the time!
TinfoilPalace: Winds Hit 114 mph at Choteau, Montana on Saturday
TinfoilPalace: San Diego Port Officer Says Nukes Have Been Found In An American Port
TheOilAge: CIA Spy Captured Giving Nuclear Bomb To Terrorists
TheOilAge: Atlas Shrugged
Hubberts-Arms: Danger signal as UK services optimism plunges
Hubberts-Arms: Icelandic volcano eruption imminent, set to 'dwarf' last year's
SilentCountry: Unnoticed indicator on the way down
SilentCountry: Flour Question

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