Thursday, February 24, 2011

Breaking News Thurs. Feb. 24, 2011

Things certainly are speeding up aren't they?
Just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has sent links to me, especially rj at the Global Glass Onion, who sends along some excellent stories everyday. Also, Robert has a good blog post today and you can check it out HERE.
We need now to make sure that our families are secure and protected if we can. Try and have adequate food and water supplies on hand in the event that things are disrupted here in the US this spring and summer.
You want enough on hand to get you and your loved ones through the rough spots to come. Do the best you can and good luck.

Global Unrest
Time: Eyewitness Account: The Battle for Gaddafi's Capital
BBC: Saudi king offers benefits as he returns from treatment
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has announced increased benefits for his citizens, as he returned after months abroad getting medical treatment.
GoogleHosted: Egypt seeking debt relief from European Union
CNN: Countries scramble to get citizens out of Libya
DailyPaul: Qadhafi's Son: America plans Libya invasion
HuffingtonPost: Scott Walker Gets Punked By Journalist Pretending To Be David Koch

TruthDig: Yes, America Still Needs Unions

“There was once a need for unions, but they’ve outlived their purpose,” said a nice lady interviewed on the radio in Tennessee just the other day. Annoyed by the spectacle of tens of thousands of teachers, firefighters, cops and other public employees rallying to protect their rights in Wisconsin, she was saying what more than a few Americans think about the labor movement.

They ought to think again—unless they want their children and grandchildren to become the peons of a corporate oligarchy.
ZeroHedge: Five People Killed As Protests Shift To North Korea: Government Mobilizes In Preparation For Violent Demonstrations
Freedom fighter Bernie Bernanke's has just carved another notch in his liberation bed post. With everyone expecting Saudi Arabia to fall next, or even South Korea, following days of consistently unreported bank runs, it is North Korea which takes tonight's gray swan award.
DailyBail: KOCH PRANK CALL: Listen To Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker As He Thinks He's Talking To Billionaire David Koch
NYT: Qaddafi Massing Forces in Tripoli as Rebellion Spreads

Financial News
WTOK: National Weather Service Could Be Cut 
projoRhodeIslandNews: Providence plans to pink slip all teachers
FinancialArmageddon: 'Pillar of the American Economy'?
DetroitFreePress: Allen Park to lay off entire fire department
CalculatedRisk: Existing Home Inventory increases 3.1% Year over Year
BusinessInsider: David Kotok On Libya: "This Is Nowhere Near Over"
And Being Fully Invested Right Now Is Insane
TheAtlantic: 10 Ways Rising Oil Prices Endanger the U.S. Recovery
AJC: Non-employee labor a growing trend in work force
YahooNews: Federal shutdown: Social Security checks won't stop
CNNMoney: GOP spending cuts would hit economy hard
YahooFinance: Troubled banks rise to highest level in 18 years
Problem banks made up 12 percent of all federally insured US banks at the end of last year
ZeroHedge: Helicopter Ben Step Aside, Meet Enola Gay Abdullah: Whorism Goes Global
MyBudget360: The financial disaster of continuing to bailout commercial real estate through the shadows of Federal Reserve jargon. Why you haven’t heard of this trillion dollar bailout.
NYT: Why Budget Cuts Don’t Bring Prosperity
Economix: Higher-Paying Jobs Lost, but Lower-Paying Jobs Gained
NakedCapitalism: Matt Stoller: The Liquidation of Society versus the Global Labor Revival
NakedCapitalism: Mortgage Fraud Whitewash: $20 Billion “Get Out of Jail Free” Settlement Floated
American leadership is reliable in one respect: it consistently undershoots my already low expectations.
EconomicPolicyInstitute: Waiting for Change: The $2.13 Federal Subminimum Wage
FinancialTimes: Goldman sees danger in US budget cuts

Peak Oil and Energy News
CNNMoney: Libya oil production grinding to a halt 
Bloomberg: Geithner Says World in Better Position to Handle Oil-Price Jump
Time: Gaddafi's Next Move: Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos?
CNBC: Saudi Arabia Uprising Could Mean $140-Plus Oil
Alphaville: OIL SPIKE!
EconBrowser: Libya, oil prices, and the economic outlook

Environmental News
CSMonitor: New Zealand earthquake rescue efforts now in full swing
With the New Zealand earthquake death toll now at 98, authorities have mounted the country's largest-ever rescue operation in a bid to save as many of the 226 missing people as they can.  
MSN NZ: Doctor amputated victim's legs to survive

BrisbaneTimes: Frantic hunt as NZ quake leaves 400 dead, missing  
ClimateProgress: La Niña weaker, may be gone by summer
BrisbaneTimes: Hope evaporates for survivors of N. Zealand quake 
AJC:  Police say death toll in New Zealand quake is 98
WSJ: New Zealand Expands Rescue Efforts
NYT: North Pole-ocalypse?
Climate naysayer Steven Goddard (aided by his quasi-publicist, Marc Morano) has focused attention on a quirky New York Times report from 1881 on an astronomer’s worries about climate disruption from a shift in the inclination of the axis of the Earth:
New York Times 1881 : Global Warming To Cause Arctic Meltdown, Drought, Hurricanes, Disease, Earthquakes, Volcanoes ….
For some reason Goddard avoids pasting into his blog post the humorous, almost Twain-like, elements later in the article that clearly show the author was not exactly taking the astronomer’s assertions very seriously.

Cherry picking, perhaps?
BBC: Coral reefs heading for fishing and climate crisis
Three-quarters of the world's coral reefs are at risk due to overfishing, pollution, climate change and other factors, says a major new assessment 
GlobalPost: Cosmic Katrinas — a solar super-storm could cost $2 trillion
ExtinctionProtocol: Experts warn all coral reefs could be extinct by 2050
Mirror: Dozens of baby dolphins wash up dead in latest bizarre mass animal deaths
RealClimate: Going to extremes

There are two new papers in Nature this week that go right to the heart of the conversation about extreme events and their potential relationship to climate change. This is a complex issue, and one not well-suited to soundbite quotes and headlines, and so we’ll try and give a flavour of what the issues are and what new directions these new papers are pointing towards.

Food and Water
TinyGreenBubble: World Bank Reports 44 Million Now Impoverished by High Food Prices

Eventually, the global food shortage will catch up with everybody. However, at present, it’s developing countries that are paying the price. According to a new report from the World Bank, the rise in food prices have pushed approximately forty-four million people into poverty in developing countries since June of 2010. And as food costs begin to near what they were in their peak in 2008, that number could begin to get even worse and, yes, creep westwardly.
 Guardian: More North Koreans malnourished as harsh winter leaves country short of food
US aid agencies warn that wheat, barley and potatoes have failed and people are being forced to forage in the wild
BBC: India Coca-Cola compensation law is passed in Kerala
The company is mired in controversy over its bottling operation in Palakkad district, which campaigners say has caused environmental damage.
They say it has also led to a severe water shortage in the area.
MSN NZ: City faces water shortage

War Conflict And Terrorism
HadalzoneBlog: Hostage Killings Ill Omen for Somalia
FinancialTimes: Iran will benefit from this Arab spring

Police State, Big Brother and Surveillance
NBC: Dallas Officer Fired, Faces Charge of Official Oppression
CNN: Be careful about what you draw. You could end up in handcuffs. That’s what one 11-year-old learned. Video:
WiredThreatLevel: Tools of Tradecraft: The CIA’s Historic Spy Kit
RawStory: Georgia anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages
(here come the womb police!)

Guardian: Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden
WikiLeaks founder handed verdict at Belmarsh magistrates court
Guardian: Julian Assange extradition decision: full judgment
Read the judgment ordering the Wikileaks founder to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault

Science and Technology News
NCSE: A second antievolution bill in Tennessee
ClimateProgress: UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser criticizes “journalists wilfully misusing science, distorting evidence by cherry-picking data that suits their view, giving bogus authority to people who misrepresent the absolute basics of science, and worse”
Beddington calls such selective use of science "as bad as racism"
Wired: Piracy Once Again Fails To Get In Way Of Record Box Office
Wired: Google Recipe Search Cooks Up Next Gen of Search

Medical and Health
abcnews: DEA Raids Pill Mills in Florida and Arrests Doctors
ExtinctionProtocol: Concerns risings as H5N1 claims 2 more victims in Cambodia
WiredMgazine: What's Inside: Street Heroin

Other News
SFGate: Outrageous Kid Parties: Mom blows $32,000 on daughter's 6th birthday
TheTelegraph: Anti-abortion billboard in New York sparks outrage
An anti-abortion billboard featuring a young black girl and the slogan "the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb" has provoked sharp criticism in New York.
SOTT: "The mighty snake firmly resolved to harm the men": The last 12,000 years
ModernSurvivalBlog: What should I keep in my Earthquake Survival Kit?
BBC: Sexy monkeys wash with own urine (who knew?) LOL

News From the Forums
TinfoilPalace: The Tin On The NZ Earthquakes
TinfoilPalace: They never give up do they...this "Christian" fundie fruitloop says the NZ earthquake is a "message from God"
TheOilAge: Petraeus says Afghans injured their own kids so US looks bad
TheOilAge: Got some new posts at my site (Robert's Blog, a must read!)DailyEconomimcUpdate
Hubberts-Arms: Farmers Fail to Meet Demand as Corn Stockpiles Drop to 1974 Low 
Hubberts-Arms: WalMart Shoppers Switching to Dollar Stores to Save Money--We're Screwed
SilentCountry: Almost that time of year again (STOP THE MADNESS)
SilentCountry: South Korean Internet

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