Monday, February 21, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Feb. 21, 2011

 White Is The New Black
James Howard Kunstler
Let it be remembered that as the world was blowing up, Fashion Week gave the New York news media a case of the vapors. But let them tell it. In the immortal words of The New York Times's Cathy Horyn: "...amid the parkas and the managed pant-suits there was a story here: the amount of embellishment and new technology...." Read More Here

Middle East Turmoil
Qaddafi’s Grip on Power Seems to Ebb as Forces Retreat
CAIRO — The 40-year-rule of Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi appeared to teeter Monday as his security forces retreated to a few buildings in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where fires burned unchecked and senior government officials and diplomats announced defections. The country’s second-largest city remained under the control of rebels.
DailyBail: WARNING - Graphic Video: Bahrain Army Uses Automatic Weapons To Gun Down Peaceful protesters 
Bloomberg: Libya Violence Deepens as Protestors Claim Control of Second-Largest City
TheTelegraph: Libya protests: 140 'massacred' as Gaddafi sends in snipers to crush dissent
Women and children leapt from bridges to their deaths as they tried to escape a ruthless crackdown by Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
VOA: At Least 173 Dead in Libya's Crackdown on Protest
NYT: Libyan Forces Again Fire on Residents at Funerals
tap: Official request from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia to extradite ousted president
WSJ: Death Toll Surges In Libya Unrest
AJZ: Libya clashes spread to Tripoli
Clashes between anti-government protesters and Gaddafi supporters escalate as army unit 'defects' in Benghazi.
CNN: Libya updates: Gadhafi's son warns of 'civil war'; reports of Benghazi takeover
TheIndependent: Robert Fisk in Bahrain: 'They didn't run away. They faced the bullets head-on'
After Egypt's revolution, the people have lost their fear
WashingtonPost: Saudi Arabia says it's ready to help Bahrain's rulers
MANAMA, BAHRAIN - Saudi Arabia on Sunday said it stands ready "with all its capabilities" to shore up Bahrain's ruling royal family if a standoff with the Shiite-led opposition is not resolved soon, underscoring the kingdom's deep concern about its neighbor's ongoing political crisis.
ExiledSurfer: Full text of Saif Gadaffi's speech, as Transcribed and tweeted live by @SultanAlQassemi with screenshots from AlJazeera.
AsiaPacificNews: Arrests after "Jasmine Revolution" call in China
BEIJING - Several top Chinese rights activists have disappeared into police custody as a web campaign urged angry citizens to mark the Middle East's "Jasmine Revolution" with protests, campaigners said Sunday.

Up to 15 leading Chinese rights lawyers and activists have disappeared since Saturday amid a nationwide police mobilisation, according to activists, while the government appeared to censor Internet postings calling for the demonstrations.
BlackListedNews: Libya protests: 'foreign mercenaries using heavy weapons against at demonstrators'
WashingtonPost: Dozens killed in Libyan capital as Arab leaders struggle to calm unrest
Gaddafi's son: If Libya unrest continues, civil war is possible and oil wealth "will be burned"

Financial News
MotherJones: The Sunday Morning Shutout
A couple of years ago Pew Research surveyed news coverage of the economy during the first half of 2009. Who drove stories? Who got quoted in stories? The answer was pretty much what you'd expect: the president, the White House, business leaders, academics, politicians, and ordinary citizens. Do you notice anyone missing from this list? Pew did:
Alphaville: Gaddafi exposure, via a SWF
Can political unrest bring down a sovereign wealth fund?
It might pay to ask the question on Monday for a number of companies who have the Libya Investment Authority on their holders lists.

BusinessInsider: European Markets Turn Sharply Negative As Oil Surges, US Futures Slide
ZeroHedge: As BP Prepares To Evacuate Staff From A Burning Libya, Commodities Are Exploding
DailyKos: JP Morgan Rakes in Profits from U. S. Food Stamp Program
ABCNews: Government Shutdown Looming: What Does it Mean to You?
Stalemate Over Funding Could End up in a Repeat of 1995 Crisis that Set Back GOP
ZeroHedge: On Rick Santelli's "Meet The Press" Appearance, A $113 Trillion Future Rounding Error, And The Metamorphosis Of The American Dream To A Nightmare
MyBudget360: Federal Reserve ultimate protector of the banking class – Fed Reserve sends a thank you to American middle class and world for bailing out the banks with a gift of inflation. MIT chart tracking millions of items shows much higher inflation than CPI.
AllVoices: Greek PM: “We do not sell our soil!” – Demands Respect from IMF, EU, ECB
ZeroHedge: ECB Emergency Overnight Borrowings Near Record For Third Day In A Row
BusinessInsider: The Wall Streeter's Guide to the Hampton's: Who Lives in Which Mansion?

Peak Oil and Energy News
IBTimes: Electricity costs bound to escalate in Australia
"This new research by Ai Group demonstrates that energy costs have risen substantially over the past five years and that there is no end in sight to these increases.  It is clear Australian businesses and households need to prepare for escalating electricity and gas prices over the next decade."
TheOilDrum: Why are WTI and Brent Oil Prices so Different?
Bloomberg: Oil Rises to Highest Since 2008 as Libya Unrest Stokes Concern 
Video compliments of rj at the Global Glass Onion!  along with several links to news articles!
Robert Newmans History of Oil

Environmental News
NPR: Arkansas Is Shaking: 50+ Earthquakes In Past Week; 700+ In Last Six Months
WashingtonPost: Mid-Atlantic fires force evacuations, outages
NYT: Pent Up Behind Aging Dams: Danger
TheExtinctionProtocol: Report: the death of 5 million aquatic animals in Mara River?
TheAustralian: Floods bring crocs as boy taken in creek 
ABOUT 300 people were evacuated from a flooded and crocodile-infested town in the Northern Territory after the deluge from Cyclone Carlos caused the Daly River to rise to 14.9m.
YahooNews: Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead
Many months later Gulf of Mexico bottom shows little sign of recovery, but many dead creatures
LANow: Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Baja California
ExtinctionProtocol: 6.2 earthquake strikes east coast of Kamchatka
AFP: Winter storm dumps snow on US Midwest, Northwest
DeclineoftheEmpire: Failing The Tests Of The 21st Century
Earlier this year, climate scientists measuring the Earth's average surface temperatures found that 2010 was either tied with 2005 as the warmest year in the recent record or the 2nd-warmest year. Philippine volcano blast prompts hundreds to flee
ExtinctionProtocol: Massive swarm of tremors rattle Iceland along the MAR

Food and Water
GlobalResearch: NATO’s Doomsday Seed Vault in the Arctic
Using "Climate Change" as a Pretext to Appropriate World Seeds' Treasure
(this is an older article but really deserves to be revisited)
WSJ: The Six-Legged Meat of the Future
Insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste
Thank you rj for the links!
Guardian: What does the Arab world do when its water runs out?
Water usage in north Africa and the Middle East is unsustainable and shortages are likely to lead to further instability – unless governments take action to solve the impending crisis
FoodIngredientsFirst: DuPont to Expand Agricultural Research Program
Summary:The expansion plan includes new soybean research laboratories, tissue culture facilities, environmentally controlled growth rooms and greenhouses, which not only benefit soybean R&D efforts but also extend research resources for other core crops.
FarmWars: Hay Now — It’s Boycott Time: Land O’Lakes, This Means You!

War Conflict And Terrorism
WashingtonPost: Afghan officials allege 65 civilians killed in U.S. military operation
WashingtonPost: Afghan police: At least 30 killed in suicide blast
Cryptogon: U.S. Invokes National Security Over Magic 8 Ball Terrorist Finder
TheTelegraph: Boy, 9, has Disney World trip ruined after US immigration rules him a threat
A nine-year-old boy's dream trip to Disney World was ruined when US immigration officials ruled he was a threat.

Police State, Big Brother and Surveillance
InformationLiberation: Houston Police Chief: Videotaping or Criticizing Police May be Sign You're a Cop-Killer

Science and Technology News
TheTelegraph: Alien life boost after Nasa finds one in two Suns has Earth like planets
The chances of finding alien life have been given a boost after it was revealed that one in two stars in the universe have Earth like planets orbiting around them.
NewScientist: Exoplanet explosion sparks philosophical debate
Cryptogon: Does the Air Force Already Have a Secret Stealth Bomber?

Medical and Health
ForeignPolicy: The Madness of China's Mental Health System
One of the country's leading activists and health advocates explains the tragic irony of mental health in China today: Many who need treatment won't get it, while many who don't are forced into treatment to silence political dissent.
IBITimes: Can oral sex cause cancer?
Oral sex is no longer the safest way in getting or giving pleasure, it is also now one of the leading causes of oral cancer, according to a study done by American scientists.

Other News
HuffingtonPost: GOP Lawmaker Mike Beard Claims God Will Provide Unlimited Natural Resources
ModernSurvivalBlog: Tomato Sauce from Dehydrated Tomatoes
WSJ: 2 men denied admission to event at Creation Museum
PETERSBURG, Ky. -- A progressive blogger and another man who tried to go to a special event at Kentucky's Creation Museum said they were denied admission because they told security that they were a same-sex couple.
ALJ: Canada confirms major cyber attack
Suspected Chinese hacking into financial data "significant" but did not compromise federal budget, official says.

News From the Forums
Like I said before, things are heating up, events are coming faster and faster, visit our forums today and join in the discussions!
TinfoilPalace:  About Those Fires in D.C.
TinfoilPalace: The Making of Manhattan's Elite Welfare Farmers - largest cheques mailed to richest New York ZIP codes
TheOilAge: Grocery price monitor
TheOilAge: Planet Could Be Unrecognizable by 2050, Experts Say.
Hubberts-Arms: D.C. Area Inundated With Windblown Brush Fires
Hubberts-Arms: XXL Toys for the Super Rich - including showers which squirt champagne
SilentCountry: Here comes $4 gasoline
SilentCountry: Large protests to take place in the US this upcoming week- 40 cities planned so far

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