Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Breaking News Wed. Feb. 2, 2011

Have to go to town for a bit, be back later and will update if needed. Keep the poor protesters in Egypt in your thougths and prayers and our friends in Queensland as they face that monstrous storm, and our friends in the mid west as they are being hit with a blizzard.

The Egyptian Revolution 
EndOfTheAmericanDream: 40 Percent Of Egyptians Live On 2 Dollars A Day Or Less And The Global Elite Like It That Way
DailyKos: Kristoff: "Pro-Mubarak" Attackers are Government-Sponsored Thugs, Your Tax Dollars at Work (thanks Satori!)
BBC: LIVE Egypt unrest

WashingtonPost: As protesters clash in Tahrir Square, reports surface of trapped children & families
VOA: British Prime Minister Calls For Urgent Transition in Egypt
WashingtonPost: Egypt restores Internet as turmoil escalates
CNN: An ambulance transports injured through the crowds of protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (video)
BBCNews: live news updates
1904: The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says: "Heliopolis is not like the rest of Cairo. It has grand houses and leafy boulevards. Here the police are still welcomed on the streets. This is the home of Egypt's ruling elite - people like Dr Magid Boutros - a close adviser to Mr Mubarak. He says the president is now determined to stand and fight: 'He's an army man. Military commanders, if they abandon their posts, they are shot.' Outside on the street I was confronted by members of Egypt's ruling class - educated, articulate and angry. As we returned from Heliopolis our car was forced of the road by another group of angry men. They handed us over to the dreaded Mukhabarat - the secret police in their brown leather jackets. We were handcuffed and blindfolded and taken to an interrogation cell. Three hours later we were released onto a remote backstreet. The regime is hardening its attitude to the protestors and to the foreign media. Egypt's ruling class is fighting back."

Financial News
FinancialTimes: $100 oil: bad news for equities?
Bloomberg: Sugar Rises to 30-Year High as Storm Heads for Australian Crop
ZeroHedge: Scotia Mocatta Sells Out Of All Silver Bars
ZeroHedge: US Mint Sells Absolute Record 6.4 Million Ounces Of Silver In January, 50% More Than Previous Highest Month
BusinessInsider: Gary Shilling On The Chinese Hard Landing That's Going To Prick The Global Commodity Bubble
BusinessInsider: In 2010, 25% Of The Forbes 400 Made Their Money From Money But In 1982, Only 8% Did

TheNation: Boom Town and Bust City: A Tale of Two New Yorks
Wall Street is rolling in cash again, but the rest of New York City is still stuck in the Great Recession.

Environmental News
Watch Australian atmospheric moisture in real time: Link brought to you by our friend RJ at
the Global Glass Onion!
Examiner: Winter storm 2011 - "storm of the century" hits farmers hard
NPR: Colossal Storm Paralyzes Midwest As It Moves East
SMHAustralia: North Queensland town a 'scene of devastation'
Townsville's Yasi nightmare begins
Explosive sounds, torrential rain and a wind roar like a jet engine as Cyclone Yasi starts to batter Townsville.
MotherJones: A Giant Pipeline Carrying Dirty Oil From Canada to Texas. What Could Go Wrong?
CNN: Category 5 cyclone slams into flood-hit Queensland

Food and Water
Just heard this being discussed on Bloomberg radio so I don't have a link but they were talking about how there were substandard crop harvests last year in Russia and the US and I think Australia. They were saying that with the awful weather Australia is having they expect a bad harvest there. If the US has a bad or substandard crop again this year then we'll be looking at rationing in 2012, at least to the emerging markets.
Just a heads up for you. Recommend adding to our grains, pastas, etc.

War, Conflict and Terrorism
Wired: Report: Efforts to Secure Nation’s Power Grid Ineffective
Time: As Egypt's Crisis Grows, So Do the Anxieties in Israel

Police State, Big Brother, Surveillance
GearFuse: Taste of Tech: Biohacking the Future 

'Grow Your Own' - from the Policing Genes Project

'Grow Your Own' - from the Policing Genes Project from Thomas Thwaites on Vimeo.

USAToday: TSA unveils 'generic' body scans

Science and Technology
NASA: NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Extraordinary New Planetary System

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: The Coming UFO Hoax by Bill Cooper 
TinfoilPalace: Heads Up: Safety Deposit Boxes Can Be Searched at Anytime by HLS (they can seize all items)
TheOilAge: HOLY SHIT! Tweet Psych
TheOilAge: It will be legal to get blown away, but not blown in TX
Hubberts-Arms: Lights Out In Texas
Hubberts-Arms: Land fizzing like soda pop: farmer says CO2 injected underground is leaking
SilentCountry: In the Eye of the Storm - Bracing for Cyclone Yasi
SilentCountry: Rolling Blackouts in Texas

1 comment:

  1. i should give credit to Tenney Naumer at Climate Change: The Next Generation for that australian atmospheric map; and mention you might want to set the animation speed on low for the best view...