Friday, March 11, 2011

Breaking News Friday March 11, 2011

The main news today is of course the tragic mega quake and tsunami in Japan. The situation with the nuclear plant in Japan is still on red alert and I'll try and post any updates as soon as I can find them.
Here's the special post from this morning. Sincerest thanks to rj at Global Glass Onion for links today!
Meanwhile, in the Middle East chaos continues and intensifies. 
Washington Post put up the following chart that shows just how bad the disaster in Japan is.

Protests and Rebellions
Time: After the Egyptian Revolution: The Wars of Religion
Guardian: Ivory Coast women defiant after being targeted by Gbagbo's guns
Slaughter of protesters calling for president Laurent Gbagbo to quit heightens resistance
MotherJones: Wisconsin GOP Bill Allows State to Fire Employees for Strikes, Walk-Outs
chron: Gadhafi forces show control of key Libyan city

Financial News
UtahNews: Legislature backs gold as legal tender
The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill taking the first step to recognize gold and silver as legal tender in the state.
Bloomberg: Fed Gives Markets Clues on Exit Path From Unprecedented Easing
WSJ: Quake Aftershocks Could Hit Markets Days Later
If you think Japan’s quake tsunami combo looks bad, just pause for a moment. There may be worse to come. We might just get financial devastation on top of a human and physical disaster.
Time: Bond King Bill Gross Exits US Debt: Good News?
Slate: Our Fees, but Not Our Fault
Big banks want you to know: If they have to raise your fees, blame those bureaucrats in Washington.
WSJ: Families Slice Debt to Lowest in 6 Years
HuffingtonPost: Fed Report Finds No Wrongful Foreclosures By Banks, Consumer Advocates Slam Methodology
NakedCapitalims: A New “Whocoulddanode” Defense, This Time of Coddling Banksters in the Crisis 
CapitalGainsandGames: On The Budget, Compromise is a Four-Letter Word
RogueEconomistRants: US banks don't need borrowers in order to 'lend'
MyBudget360: Home is where the working and middle class lose their money – $6.3 trillion lost in household real estate values. Top 1 percent control $13 trillion in financial assets while bottom 80 percent control $2 trillion.
TheEconomist: Divided we stand
The gap between the richest and the poorest regions is particularly large in Britain

Peak oil and Energy News
WPIX: Gas Prices In Long Island Are Sky Rocketing
GlobalResearch: "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa
Politico: The perpetual politics of petroleum
TheOilDrum: Beyond Food Miles

Environmental News
AURORAS IN THE USA:  A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on March 10th.  The impact set off a G1-class geomagnetic storm and sent Northern Lights rippling over the US-Canadian border into states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Sky watchers who hadn't seen auroras in years captured beautiful photos of green and purple streamers.  This is another sign that Solar Cycle 24 is heating up.  Check for photos and updates.
StuffNZ: Earthquake strikes Hawaii
NYT: Health Groups Gird for Fight Over EPA's Power-Plant Toxics Rules
RealityZone: Attack Of The Sun, Cosmic Journeys PREVIEW
PBS: View Live Aftershock Activity in Japan

Food and Water
Living on Stored Foods: Day 3 of 46
Cryptogon: Florida: Proposed Legislation Would Make Photographing a Farm Without Permission a Felony
ClimateProgress: Lester Brown: “We’re going to be living with tight food supplies and higher food prices through this harvest and the next”  The causes are not temporary, but fundamental trends

War, Conflict and Terrorism
ModernSurvivalBlog: North Korea EMP weapon

Medical and Health
NewScientist: Tumours could be the ancestors of animals

Guardian: Stripped naked every night, Bradley Manning tells of prison ordeal
US soldier held on suspicion of leaking state secrets speaks out for first time about experience

Other News
RawStory: Report: Slaves now a ‘disposable commodity’ at ‘historic low’ of $90 each
ipeZone: When the "Fox News Babes" Met al-Jazeera
upi: Georgia woman, 114, named world's oldest
Wired: Alien War Story Battle: Los Angeles Can’t Compete With Real Thing
The invasion sequences in Battle: Los Angeles are inspired by a never-explained UFO sighting in 1942 off the California coastline.

The Forums
You'll find the forums a great source of information concerning the disaster in Japan, as well as just about any other subject you'd care to discuss!
TinfoilPalace: 8.9 Quake Hits Japan
TinfoilPalace: Will March 19th "Supermoon" Trigger Natural Disasters?
TheOilAge: Nuclear Power Plant Crisis - Nearby Residents Evacuate
TheOilAge: ! 8.9 Earthquake off Coast of Japan! *** 
Hubberts-Arms: Wisconsin’s anti-worker law: An historic attack on the working class
SilentCountry: 8.8 Quake Hits Japan
SilentCountry: Ten Steps to close down an open society


  1. the WaPo graphic leaves something to be desired, pam; each point on the richter scale is a magnitude ten times greater than the lower point, so each sphere should be ten times as large as the smaller put this quake in perspective, the energy released by it was about 80 times greater than the recent christchurch quake...

  2. wow rj, that would make the sphere a lot bigger wouldn't it?
    I guess they figured it would get the point across but maybe should have made the comparisons better i guess.

  3. i probably shouldnt let something like that bother me; it would be awful hard to make the largest sphere 10,000 times larger than the smallest...