It's a beautiful day today here in East Tennessee! Temps in upper 70's and first chance I get I'm headed out to play in the dirt! What are you doing looking at this blog! Go outside and play!
Thanks to everyone who sent me links for today. Special thanks to our friend rj at Global Glass Onion.
(I have to go out and check on my baby tomato plants, will go ahead with this post and post a bit more later.)
An evacuee sleeps on a blanket at a shelter in tsunami-hit area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Monday, March 21, 2011, after March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) / Shuji Kajiyama/AP
Courier-journal: Sorrowful spring arrives for Japanese survivors
BeforeItsNews: Mainstream Media is not telling you - Panic is gripping Tokyo
BBC: New smoke seen at Japan reactor
Smoke and steam have again been seen above reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seriously damaged by the 11 March earthquake.
CNN: As smoke billows, work continues to restore power at nuclear plant
Japan's nuclear safety agency said it was not immediately clear why smoke was rising from the plant's No. 2 and No. 3 reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Company said in a statement that the smoke was decreasing.
CNN: U.S. military considering mandatory evacuations in Yokosuka
Bloomberg: Radiation Found in Sea as Work Goes on to Restore Power (1)
MotherJones: What's Happening In Yemen Explained
Reuters: World Bank chief urges new role in Middle East
(Reuters) - The World Bank is rethinking its role in the Middle East and North Africa to tackle economic and social problems that sparked political unrest, the bank's President Robert Zoellick said on Monday.Financial News
FinancialTimes: Dominoes in the Desert
Western powers are in what Libya’s Muammer Gaddafi promises will be a “long, drawn-out war”, a development that seemed unlikely as late as Thursday of last week. Yet since then, global stocks are up, bond prices are down, and the trade-weighted dollar index has dropped to its lowest since December 2009. Oil prices are up, but below their recent highs. Why?
WSJ: Insolvency Looms as States Drain U.S. Disability Fund
WSJ: Treasury to Sell MBS Portfolio
Financial-Crisis Purchases Could Bring $20 Billion in Profit; Fed to Follow?
Reuters: Rio Tinto says cyclones will hit Q1 iron ore output
(Reuters) - Global miner Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) (RIO.L) said on Tuesday its first-quarter iron ore production would be hit by a string of cyclones that swept through its mining operations in Australia last month.
Economist'sView: The Unemployment Problem is Mainly Cyclical, Not Structural
BusinessInsider:BANKER ON HOW TO SOLVE DEBT CRISIS: The Public Needs To Work Harder For Less Money And 50% Fewer Benefits
AllNewsHeadline: Backgrounder: Behind the Battle Over Hidden Debit Card Fees
Peak oil and Energy News
Guardian: We won't trouble Saudi's tyrants with calls to reform while we crave their oil
Unrest will be seen as destabilising for western governments too until our dependency on Riyadh's tap is curbed
TaxFoundation: Monday Map: State Gasoline Tax Rates
BBC: Algae bloom 50 miles long found off Cornwall and Devon
Dr Peter Miller, Earth observation scientist at PML, said: "Skeletonema is a beautiful microscopic plant that, given the right conditions, reproduces rapidly to cover large areas of coastal seas.King5News: Everett, Washington: Land Crack Appears, Neighborhood is Sinking
"Over the winter nutrients have built up in the sea and the windy weather we have experienced recently has stirred them up to the surface.
Claire Widdicombe, a plankton ecologist at PML, said: "What is interesting is the timing of the bloom.
this twitter post from the USNavy just struck me as odd for some reason.
#IceEx in full swing. Look who popped up up north: Energy & access opening there?
CnnMoney: Can Google help turn trash into gasoline?
YonHapNews: S. Korea agrees to talks on possible volcano in N. Korea The mountain, the highest on the Korean Peninsula, last erupted in 1903, but experts have warned that it may still have an active core, citing topographical signs and satellite images.
ScientificAmerican: Could the Recent Pacific Megaquakes Trigger a West Coast Temblor?
A series of major earthquakes have struck beneath the Pacific Ocean in less than a year and a half. Could the U.S. west coast be next?
Food and Water
TreeHugger: Happy World Water Day! 22 Key Stories for Understanding Water Issues
JordanTimes: Int’l experts to gauge world’s water woes
NYT: Heat Damages Colombia Coffee, Raising Prices
TreeHugger: Will 7 Billion People Make Us Smarten Up About Water? A Look at Technology, Supplies, and Politics
UniversityOfWisconsinNews: UW-Madison lake scientist gets world's top water prize
Chron: Texas agency to vote on contaminated water wells
HOUSTON — Texas regulators are to decide whether they agree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's conclusion that a gas driller is responsible for contaminating water wells in North Texas.NYT: Water's Scarcity Spells Opportunity for Entrepreneurs
BusinessGreen: Report: Water shortages to damage growth and stoke international tensions
Risk analysts and European Commission warn droughts will affect oil prices, industrial output and international conflicts
War And Conflict
RawStory: Trump brags about accepting money from Gaddafi
TimesofIndia: Western planes bomb Gaddafi compound
Guardian: Photos show US soldiers in Afghanistan posing with dead civilians
'Trophy' pictures show US soldiers posing with corpses of Afghan civilians they are accused of killing for sport
Telegraph: US fighter jet crashes in Libya: profile of the F-15E
Here is a profile of the F-15E fighter jet – the US warplane that crashed in a Libyan field after suffering "mechanical failures".
Science and Technology
RawStory: France fines Google 100,000 euros over Street View
CSMonitor: How to launch something into space for $150
Once the sole domain of military pilots and rocket scientists, low-earth orbit can now be attained by ordinary citizens with inexpensive hardware. A Q&A with Spacehack founder and do-it-yourselfer Ariel Waldman.
RawStory: Pence: Defunding Planned Parenthood more important than aid to poor women and children
CSMonitor: Belgium breaks Iraq’s world record for government impasse
Belgium, split between the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south, still doesn’t have a government after June elections last year. The rift may eventually cause a national divorce.
Suntimes: Ex-Streamwood cop says he beat unarmed man with baton out of fear
BeforeItsNews: First Two Planet X SPT Leaked Image Videos by NibiruShock2012 Now Seen as Highly Credible
DiscoveryNews: God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost (thanks Ches for this link!)
God's wife, Asherah, was a powerful fertility goddess, according to a theologian.VOA: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Campaign Finance Law
God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by the Republican party that would have challenged current campaign finance restrictions.The Forums
The court on Monday turned down the case, in which the Republican National Committee and a former U.S. Congressman sought to lift the limit on the amount of money a political party can spend on a candidate.
TinfoilPalace: US Army soldiers in Afghanistan killed innocent civilians and then posed with their bodies
TinfoilPalace: Police brutality against Col. Ann Wright and Daniel Ellsberg at Free Bradley Manning Protest
SilentCountry: Thread: Oil Slick 100 miles Long Reported In Gulf Near DW Horizon site
SilentCountry: 'Zombies ahead,' warns electronic road sign in SC