Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Breaking News Tues. March 29, 2011

I'm sure many of you will be saddened at the loss of Joe Bageant, there weren't many voices out there that had the way with words that he did. He will be greatly missed.

Thanks to rj at  Global Glass Onion for catching some of my mess-ups yesterday, as well as his generous donation of links for us this morning.  I watched the below video today and just continue to be amazed. It's creepy and scary and makes you wonder just who do they think is going to move into those apartments and houses if the population works for 'slave' wages?
 China's Ghost Cities! 
MyBudget360: China’s ghost cities and shopping malls 
14 million empty housing units in the U.S. while China may have up to 64 million empty apartments. GDP is only as good as the quality behind the financial numbers. China real estate bubble.

MarketWatch666: "RJS Analysis - Japanese Disaster Impact"
ZeroHedge: Latest Japanese Supply Chain Disruption Summary

Bloomberg: Shippers Stick With Tokyo as U.S. Says Radiation Easily Cleaned
March 28 (Bloomberg) -- Five of the six biggest container shippers are maintaining routes to Tokyo and Yokohama after the U.S. Navy said radiation on vessels from the leaking Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant can be scrubbed off with soap and water. 
Reuters: UPDATE 1-Japan says plutonium found at Fukushima 
(Reuters) - Plutonium has been found in soil at various points within Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex but does not present a risk to human health, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T) (TEPCO) said on Monday.
TEPCO vice-president Sakae Muto told journalists at the company's latest briefing that test results showing the plutonium came from samples taken a week ago.

It was the latest bad news from the plant, where evidence of radiation has been mounting and engineers face a protracted battle to control reactors damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
yonhapnews: N. Korea on high alert for radioactive damage from Japan 
Hosted: Toxic plutonium seeping from Japan's nuclear plant
TOKYO (AP) -- Highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan's tsunami disaster zone into the soil outside, officials said Tuesday, heightening concerns about the expanding spread of radiation.
KYODONews: Radioactive material detected in air of 3 southern U.S. states
Trace amounts of radioactive material believed to have come from Japan's quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been detected in the atmosphere in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, Reuters news service reported Monday, citing officials.
Spiegel: Tokyo's Fatalism, Courage in the Face of Disaster
CNN: Plant workers scramble to prevent radioactive water from leaking
Reuters: Japan carmakers see return to full output taking time

ABCNews: Japan Nuclear Crisis: Plutonium Leaks From Fukushima Plant
Removal of the Contaminated Water Is Most Urgent Task Now, Japan Officials Say

Global Conflict
CNN: Explosions in Tripoli and 'carnage' in Misrata
MotherJones: We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for March 29, 2011

TruthDig: More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory
The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.  —KA
BlackListedNews: Libya: War for World Government
ZeroHedge: Stratfor Asks What Happened To The American Declaration of War?
ABCNews: Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week, Pentagon Says
Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, Precision Bombs, Crashed Jet Draw Millions from Pentagon Budget 

ForeignPolicy: The Syrian Time Bomb
Forget Libya. Washington should pay closer attention to the violent protests imperiling the Assad regime in Damascus. If there's one country where unrest could truly set the Middle East alight, it's Syria.

Hosted: Official: Ivory Coast rebels take 2 more towns
NPR: Libyan Rebels Retreat In Face Of Regime's Firepower
 Guardian: Libya is another case of selective vigilantism by the west
Bombing Tripoli while shoring up other despots in the Arab world shows the UN-backed strikes to oust Gaddafi are purely cynical
Guardian: Saudi Arabia prints 1.5m copies of religious edict banning protests
Fatwa calls for united front under leadership following aborted attempt to stage mass demonstration earlier this month
Speigel: The Long Arm of Mossad A Palestinian Disappears in Ukraine

Financial News
Bloomberg: BP shares hit by manslaughter report, downgrade
(Reuters) - Shares in oil major BP (BP.L) fell 2.0 percent on Tuesday after a media report that the company's managers may face manslaughter charges following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and an analyst downgrade.
Reuters: S&P cuts Portugal credit rating to just above junk
(Reuters) - Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on Portugal by one notch on Tuesday to just above junk status, its second downgrade in less than a week as the debt-ridden country grapples with a political crisis.
ZeroHedge: Guest Post: If Spin Were Reality - We'd Have A Recovery
Bloomberg: Japan’s Jobless Rate Unexpectedly Fell to 4.6% From 4.9% (1)
USAToday: Gas prices push consumer spending up in February 

NakedCapitalism: The Sandbagging Of Elizabeth Warren (and 49 State Attorneys General)
I don’t know who is pulling the strings, but any objective look at the so called mortgage settlement negotiations shows that a lot of people are being played for fools. Precisely because Elizabeth Warren is being attacked so forcefully by the Wall Street Journal and other banking industry loyalists, too many of her erstwhile defenders are giving a free pass to the fact that the Administration itself is undermining her, and with her, any attorneys general who sign up for the settlement, assuming it ever sees the light of day.  
MotherJones: Who Screwed the Middle Class?
FDL: Come Saturday Morning: The Washington Post Wants You to Starve to Death
YahooFinance: Can you 'attract' a debt-free life?

AmericanDream: 10 Facts About Corporate Taxes That Will Make Your Blood Boil 
MyBudget360: The financial scam of the century  
In 2010 we added 600,000 millionaires while 5,000,000 people were added to the food stamp program. Wealthy derive profits from stocks while middle class hold most of their net worth in housing.
DeclineoftheEmpire: The Utter Failure Of Macroeconomic Theory
CharlesHughSmith: Why The European Union Is Doomed

ArabianBusiness: The dragon in the desert
From shops to schools, China's ties with the Arab world are deepening...

TheTelegraph: China's workforce 'dries up'
The seemingly endless flow of young Chinese workers that helped to create the country's economic miracle has now finally "dried up", according to a leading economist. 

ArabianBusiness: Superyacht owners trade up amid industry recoveryMore Middle East superyacht owners are trading up for bigger vessels as the industry emerges from the global slowdown.
MoneyWeek: Meredith Whitney: US towns and cities are still too indebted
"Controversial US investor Meredith Whitney is sticking by her claim that cash-strapped local authorities in America will default on 'hundreds of billions of dollars' of their debt."
Reuters: Fed may tighten before global risks fixed: Bullard
(Reuters) - U.S. policymakers may not be willing or able to wait for all global uncertainties to be resolved before they begin normalizing loose monetary policy, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Tuesday.
TheEconomist: Deutsche Bank on trial Rhyme and reason Germany’s highest court censures its biggest bank 
WSJ: Inflation Picks Up Across OECD
LONDON—Consumer prices in the developed economies rose at the fastest pace since October 2008 in February, driven by energy and food inflation.
msnbc? Skip the diploma: 8 alternatives to college
Start a business, do charity work, write a book — just don't waste your most vibrant years
Slate: More Profits, Fewer Jobs
Why record corporate profits aren't necessarily good for the economy.

Economix: Unemployment’s Rising Toll on Families
Last year, nearly one in eight families included an unemployed person, the highest proportion since the Labor Department began keeping track in 1994.
TheEconomist: Jobs don't pay what they used to
WSJ: Top 10 Dying Industries
YahooFinance: IRS increases audits of millionaires

Peak oil and Energy News
IntelDaily: Surviving Collapse 
HuffingtonPost: Libya: Oil and Water Mix?

Environmental News
FarmPress: Seeking insurance pollinators for backup role to honey bees
MotherJones: The Radioactive Ocean
NewScientist: World's wind and waves have been rising for decades
ExtinctionProtocol: Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Alabama beaches
NASA: Massive Dust Storm in Saudi Arabia
NatGeo: India’s Latest Tiger Count Is Seriously Inadequate 

HuffingtonPost: Radiation In Massachusetts Rainwater Likely From Japan 

America in Decline
RawStory: ACLU: Mississippi’s drug enforcement tactics amount to a ‘reign of terror’
TheAmericanProspect: Freedom of Choice (But Not if You're Poor)
Reuters: Soldiers in Afghan killings operated openly: U.S. magazine
(Reuters) - A group of U.S. Army soldiers accused of slaying unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood did not act clandestinely as the Pentagon has implied but in plain view of their combat unit, Rolling Stone magazine reported on Monday.
TreeHugger: Paul Krugman on the Political Witch Hunt for 'Dissident' Scientists
BusinessInsider: The New York Times Has Rewritten Its Hugely Controversial Texas Gang Rape Story 
and this from rj.
House votes to cut NPR funding - The House on Thursday voted to strip National Public Radio's federal funding, a move that followed the release of a "sting" video showing an NPR executive criticizing the Republican Party and saying the station didn't need millions of dollars in federal money.  The measure passed 228-192, mostly along party lines, after a vigorous debate over the merits of public radio and the need for the government to reduce spending in the wake of a $1.3 trillion debt and $14 trillion deficit that threaten the economy. "The object of this bill is to get NPR out of the taxpayer's pocket," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. "It is time for us to be good stewards and save the money of the American taxpayer." NPR receives about $90 million in federal funding annually, but the Congressional Budget Office calculated that the net savings from defunding the network would be zero. 

Food and Water
FarmWars: Codex Alimentarius and Food Irradiation in the U.S.
FarmWars: The Codex Alimentarius Irradiated Food Cover-up

TreeHugger: Corn could Hit 9$
When Food Is High, Corn Gets Political & The Crazy Get Going
TreeHugger: Hunting and Eating Roadkill in Minnesota (Video)

FutureImperative: Chemists Warn of a Food and Natural-Resources Crisis
FarmPress: California Crop Weather: rains saturate agriculture 

FarmPress: Arizona Agri-Weekly: statewide precipitation below normal 

Science and Technology
Time: Robotic Clouds Will Provide Shade During Qatar World Cup
Grist: Artificial solar leaf beats trees at their own game 
DailyMail: Autistic boy,12, with higher IQ than Einstein develops his own theory of relativity
A 12-year-old child prodigy has astounded university professors after grappling with some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.
PBS: Broadband Access: Exploring Internet Connectivity by U.S. Community Type

Medical and Health
ABCNews: World News 3/25: Superbugs (video)
Drug-Resistant Bacterium Can Kill; (also on video) Grave Situation in Japan's Nuclear Crisis?

FarmWars: EPA to Help Mainstream Media Obscure The Truth About Radiation Exposure to Americans
EZineArticles: Common Symptoms of Someone Suffering From Exhaustion

WSJ: The Secret to Fighting Infections   
HuffingtonPost: Being Fat in America

Other News
TruthDig: The Rise of Mad Masculinity
ABCNews: UFO Sighting Spooks Colorado Town (video)

MSNBC: 'Maternity tourists' bust sparks debate
Discovery of large-scale Calif. facility catering to pregnant Chinese women raises questions

Speigel: 'Can Germans Trust Merkel's About-Face on Nuclear Power?' 
msnbc: Clown charged with sexually assaulting girl, 12 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: 2013 CME Solar Aftermath Report by JE Ante, 5 Billion Dead
TheOilAge: Food Inflation Kept Hidden in Tinier Bags
TheOilAge: E=xtinction L=evel E=vent N=ibiru I=s N=ear
Hubberts-Arms: Mighty Oak April 10, 1986 --> Chernobyl April 26, 1986
Hubberts-Arms: Inside Chernobyl’s Sarcophagus - Video
SilentCountry: Let's get those guns fixed!

SilentCountry: Sinners to Flee Alaska


  1. Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :