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NHKWorld: Extremely high radiation found in soil
Japanese authorities have detected a concentration of a radioactive substance 1,600 times higher than normal in soil at a village, 40 kilometers away from the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.NewScientist: Workers toil in darkness at Fukushima Daiichi
One of the first photos of the "nuclear samurai" workers at Fukushima Daiichi
ZeroHedge: The "Fukushima Fifty"
Economist: Fuelling anger
ZeroHedge: Fukushima Deteriorates Again As Steam Now Rising Out Of Reactor 1 For First Time
ZeroHedge: Radioactive Iodine In Fukushima Seawater Highest Ever, Reactors 5 And 6 Now Leaking Too
ShelterBox: Families grateful for ShelterBox Solution in Japan
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AmericanDream: Should Residents Of Tokyo Be Preparing For Massive Radiation Exposure?
12 Disturbing Facts To Consider
Bloomberg: Nuclear Cleanup Goes to Taxpayer, May Spur Liability Shift (2)
NatGeo: New Tsunami Pictures: Head-on View of Approaching Wave
BusinessInsider: Shocking Video Shows Pakistani Children Acting Out A Suicide Blast
RawStory: 15 reported killed in Syrian protest city
CNN: Fifth night of airstrikes unable to stop Gadhafi
TheTelegraph: Libya: Gaddafi compound attacked after air force 'destroyed'
CNN: Coalition airstrikes continue Thursday in Tripoli
theAtlantic: Yemen's Slide Toward Civil War
HuffingtonPost: CNN's Nic Robertson Tears Into Fox News For Saying Libyans Used Him As Human Shield (VIDEO)
Channel4: 20,000 Syrians line streets for funerals of protesters; at least 25 believed to have been killed
AlJazeera: 'Day of rage' poured wrath on Palestinians
Israeli settlers held 'day of rage' against Palestinians, unleashing violence against civilians.
AOLnews: 40 Lipsticked Virgins: Gadhafi's Best Bet for Survival
With Moammar Gadhafi in hiding as coalition aircraft bomb his country, he's counting on protection from a unique bodyguard corps he's been training for decades -- an all-female, gun-toting posse of virgins.
About 40 lipsticked, bejeweled bodyguards surround the Libyan dictator at all times. They wear designer sunglasses and high heels with their military camouflage. But they're purported to be trained killers -- graduates of an elite military academy in Tripoli that's solely for women.
Hosted: Home construction in the United States is all but coming to a halt.
New home sales slowest in at least a half-century
Reuters: GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares rise, Portugal costs soar
Economix: Ex-White House Economists Urge Action on Deficit
Bloomberg: Portugal Said to Need as Much as 70 Billion Euros in Aid (1)
MarketWatch: New Civil War erupts, led by super rich, GOPCommentary: ‘Shock Doctrine,’ Reaganomics trigger explosive class war
YahooFinance: 8-month plan to shift family from two incomes to one
Bloomberg: 36 South to Revive Black Swan Bet After 234% Hedge Fund Gain
Bloomberg: Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell by 5,000 Last Week to 382,000 (1)
ZeroHedge: Silver Approaches $38
BusinessInsider: THE UK PROVES IT: Krugman And Keynes Were Right!
Peak oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: A gentle correcting cough for Dr Saleri
On March 9 Dr Saleri (who debated Matt Simmons at CSIS in February 2004, on Matt’s concerns expressed in what became “Twighlight in the Desert”) had an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said...CNBC: Oil Will Be Gone in 50 Years: HSBC
There could be less than 49 years of oil supplies left, even if demand were to remain flat according to HSBC’s senior global economist Karen Ward.
CreditWritedowns: Oil: Where is the spare capacity?
I am in the same camp with Jeremy Grantham. Call it peak resources, peak oil, the end of cheap oil, whatever – the fact is there is a finite amount of natural resources on the planet and we are consuming an inordinate amount of it. At some point, the demand for these resources will outstrip the affordable supply. This naturally induces a parabolic move in price due to inelastic demand – and that's when the Easter island question presents itself:
HuffingtonPost: Analyst: Rising Oil Prices 'Primary Threat' To U.S. Economy As Libyan Violence Mounts
PolicyInnovations: There's No Such Thing as Ethical Oil (or Nuclear Power)
Canada is digging itself a dirty energy destiny in the Athabasca oil sands.
BusinessInsider: Big Earthquake Hits Northern Thailand, Myanmar, Laos And Vietnam
No idea yet on damages, but earthquake season continues to be active.
The latest is a 7.0 earthquake on the Northern Thailand border.
MotherJones: Our National Cat Problem
Grist: Obama administration announces massive coal mining expansion
Grist: Louisiana’s new oil plague sounds tasty, is terrifying
CNN: More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan
SpiegelOnline: 'This Reactor Model Is No Good'Documents Show Politburo Skepticism of Chernobyl
NatGeo: First North Pole Ozone Hole Forming?
"Put on your sunscreen"—damaging air mass could drift far south.
TruthOut: Who Controls the Nuclear Control Agencies?
Grist: The Black Death
For sheer deadliness, nuclear can’t hold a candle to coal
ClimateProgress: NY Times: “It Could Happen Here”
TreeHugger: How to Heal Soil on the Farm and in the Garden (and How to Deal with Old Farmers)
Grist: Irradiated Zone: Don’t Go There!
Why is no one talking about how bad the Japan nuke disaster could be?
We now contemplate the possibility of multiple reactors accompanied by multiple containment pools for what is euphemistically called "spent" fuel (when it isn't "spent" at all) -- at least 11,195 such rods, 1760 metric tons of them -- self-destructing in a highly industrialized country smaller than California with the third largest economy on the planet. In a situation we've never faced before, to talk about "safety" and offer "reassurance" should ring oddly indeed.Food and Water
Strauscom: Cooking FreshMore than just 'good for you': improving braising greens image
WashingtonPost: Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings
Forbes: Livestock Can Turn Deserts Into Thriving Ecosystems
America in Decline
NPR: Welfare Workers, Granny Charged In NY Girl's Death
RawStory: Westboro Baptist Church to picket actress Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral
CommonDreams: Maine Governor LePage Orders Removal of Labor Mural from Dept. of Labor, Sparking Outcry
TPM: New Guidance Allows FBI To Delay Reading Miranda Rights To Terror Suspects
CNN: Soldier pleads guilty in Afghan killing case
RawStory: Obama curtails Miranda rights for American terrorism suspects
RawStory: FBI dedicates $1 billion to massive biometrics identification program
The Federal Bureau of Investigations announced recently that it is dedicating up to $1 billion for a Lockheed Martin-developed system that will enable on-the-fly analysis of detailed identification information that can be instantaneously shared with law enforcement all around the world.
It's called the "Next Generation Identification System" (NGIS), and if you're a fan of television dramas like the CBS crime drama NCIS, it may sound pretty familiar.
Science and Technology
UniverseToday: Revolutionary Dawn Closing in on Asteroid Vesta with Opened Eyes
NatGeo: Scientists to Drill Earth's Mantle, Retrieve First Sample?Miles-deep drilling could yield Earth equivalent of moon rocks, experts say.
GizMag: Proposed device aims to answer whether we are descended from Martians
ScientificAmerican: Antimatter of Fact: Collider Generates Most Massive Antinucleus Yet
The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider has produced several nuclei of the antimatter counterpart to helium 4
NatGeo: Sizing Up the Supermoon
PhysOrg: Invisible Milky Way Satellite Uncovered With Help from NERSC
Medical and Health
FDL: Analysis: Medical Marijuana Now a $1.7 Billion Market
abcnews: CDC Report: Americans Feel HealthyAmericans Rate Their Health as 'Good' Despite Hikes in Obesity, Diabetes
WashingtonPost: By the dozens, anti-abortion measures advance in GOP-run state legislatures
BlackListedNews: GM cloned piglets in China 'bring transplant hope for humans'
OfftheChartsBlog: Cherry Picking, Flawed Assumptions Mar GOP Report on Health Reform Costs
Grist: The latest battle in the nonexistent ‘War on Cars’
TheExiled: [SIC] OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: AN EXILED READER OFFERS MORE REASONS TO HATE THE KOCH BROTHERS
George Mason University is nothing but a farm team for the Koch bros. Starting at George Mason, the Kochs groom their little recruits as foot-soldiers ready to enter the plutocratic circle-jerk that is the U.S. government and its corporate oligarchs. The financial oligarchy has the Ivies, and the Koch brothers have GMU. It’s that simple.Grist: Jerks™ trademark the idea of ‘urban homesteading’
CNNMoney: Sales of luxe doomsday bunkers up 1,000%
RawStory: ACLU to defend student sent home for wearing pro-equality shirt
WashingtonPost: Massive shark spotted off Florida coast (video)
Guardian: Prospect asks: do we want a monarchy? But its poll doesn't
With the latest royal wedding on the way, Prospect magazine has chosen to ask Do we still want the monarchy?
BusinessInsider: Why Workplace Bullying Should Stay Legal
DemocracyNow: Aristide’s Return to Haiti: A Long Night’s Journey Into Day
abcnews: Palin 2.0? Bachmann Tells ABC News, "I'm In!"
Tea Party Darling Says She Wants In on Conversation, would announce by Summer or earlier.
ModernSurvivalBlog: To Bug-In or To Bug-Out
WBIR: TVA subcontractor facing federal charges of "falsifying information"
Worker charged with lying about inspections at a Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear reactor under construction
BoingBoing: A view inside the world's largest train tunnel, now under construction (unreal!)
TinfoilPalace: Characteristics and Behaviors of PseudoSkeptics vs. True Skeptics
TinfoilPalace: Disasters Show Flaws in Just-In-Time Delivery
TheOilAge: Conspiracy Theorist Military Chaplains Promote Anti-American
TheOilAge: Barrie Zwicker on 9/11 truth gatekeeping
Hubberts-Arms: Syria cracks down on growing unrest
Hubberts-Arms: Sales of luxery doomsday bunkers up 1,000% (CNN Money)
SilentCountry: Texas May Adopt the Four Day Work Week--For Teachers and Government Workers
SilentCountry: Toyota prepares North American plants for shutdowns