Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Breaking News Tues. April 5, 2011

Hope everyone made it through last night's storms ok. We had a bad one here but no major damage in this area. Be sure and visit the forums, there are some important and interesting topics being discussed there, and don't forget to say hello to rj over at Global Glass Onion and The Ozarker at Contented Doomer too.
I'm still thinking about her last post.

Japan Spiegel: A Hapless Fukushima Clean-Up Effort 'We Need Every Piece of Wisdom We Can Get'
CNN: Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over limit
Workers try to stop the spread of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
ZeroHedge: Government Responds to Nuclear Accident by Trying to Raise Acceptable Radiation Levels and Pretending that Radiation is Good For Us
ZeroHedge: TEPCO Knew Radiation In Seawater Is 7.5 Million Above Normal Before It Started Dumping Radioactivity In Sea On Monday 
WashingtonPost: Peace of mind, livelihood gone as Japanese city withers in shadow of nuclear plant
NPR: Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant 'Seems To Be Decreasing' 

Global Conflict
WSJ: FBI Questioning Libyans
Agency Aims to Prevent Revenge Attacks in America, Help Military Campaign

NPR: Rebel Forces Seize Presidential Home In Ivory Coast
RawStory: UN, French forces attack Gbagbo bases in Ivory Coast
FutureImperative: Stuxnet as a "Cybernetic Weapon of Mass Destruction"  
MSNBC: US extends airstrike role in LibyaRebels working to restructure their ranks with more disciplined soldiers  
ibtimes: Glimpses of the 2011 Ivory Coast unrest (PHOTOS)
CNN: 'Clock is ticking' for refugees fleeing Ivory Coast  
MailOnline: U.S. pastor says he will put Mohammed 'on trial' next as NATO chief condemns Koran burning for starting riots   (We need a "pit of asshattery" for stories like this one)
AlterNet: US citizen describes harrowing days in Syrian prison
A US college student detained for 15 days by Syrian security forces said he was denied all outside communication and "had no idea if anyone knew where I was."
YahooFinance: Tanker due to load Libyan rebel oil
Lloyd's report: tanker due to dock in rebel-held port to pick up oil export shipment
NPR: In Libya: Rebels Edge Forward; U.K. Seeks To Encourage Defectors

Financial News
  I wanted to add this, it is an important story.
Marketwatch666: 60 minutes overtime – who really owns your home?

WashingtonPost: Obama administration moving forward with government shutdown plans
The process of shutting down the federal government is underway.

With the clock ticking towards Friday’s federal budget deadline and President Obama hosting congressional leaders for budget talks at the White House on Tuesday, top administration officials have instructed agency officials to begin sharing details of shutdown contingency plans with top managers. This marks the next step toward both curtailing government operations if a budget impasse occurs and informing federal workers whether they are considered “essential” personnel who would stay on the job despite a shutdown.
ZeroHedge: The Curious Case Of Bloomberg's Persistent Treasury "Demand" Disinformation Campaign
MyBudget360: The financial elixir that is falling home prices – Lower home prices good for the economy – Median U.S. home price down to $157,000 taking up 3 times the annual household income instead of the bubble peak of 5. Adding jobs while home prices move lower? Banks big winners when home prices remain inflated. 
 DeclineoftheEmpire: Are Americans At The Breaking Point? 
Are Americans at the breaking point? We already know that most ordinary Americans are at the breaking point economically, that they are struggling to make ends meet. But have Americans had enough socioeconomic inequality and injustice? Are they ready to do something about it?
BusinessInsider: Deutsche Bank: "It's Not Just Food And Energy Inflation Anymore"
DeclineoftheEmpire: A Resurgence Of Lousy Jobs
In a society whose health is judged by economic data & statistics, the triumph of quantity over quality is almost complete. If one actually looked at what kind of jobs were added, a few cracks appeared in the otherwise rosy facade.
BusinessInsider:Portugal's Situation Is So Dire Its Own Banks Don't Want To Buy Its Debt
Portugal's banks have said no to buying any more government debt, and want the government to take a loan from the IMF or EU, according to Reuters.
Bloomberg: Geithner Sees ‘Severe Hardships’ If Debt Limit Isn’t Raised Geithner, in a letter to members of Congress, said the U.S. will reach the $14.29 trillion limit on its ability to borrow no later than May 16 if Congress doesn’t act. Republican lawmakers, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have been resisting a debt-limit increase while calling for extensive budget cuts.
YahooFinance: Where is the fear in this market?
BusinessInsider: Did Wall Street Violate The Racketeering Act?

4ClosureFraud: Register of Deeds John O’Brien | Stop Using Bank of America for County Deposits of $25 Millon a Year Because of MERS 
Kurgman: On Not Learning From Experience
I’ll no doubt be writing a lot about the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare in the days ahead. But a quick thought now before I go off to listen to Bob Hall explain the high-unemployment, zero-rate trap 
CapitalGainsandGames: Congress has More Time to Avoid a Shutdown than Anyone is Admitting
CharlesHughSmith: The Grand Failure of Conventional Economics
The "fixes" of conventional economics such as Keynesian stimulus will all fail catastrophically within the next 10 years.
kFinancialTimes: Oil hits $120 after strike in Gabon
Oil prices rose above $120 a barrel for the first time since mid-2008 on Monday as supply disruption in Gabon, a small African producing nation, compounded continuing losses from Libya.
The outages come just as refiners in the Atlantic basin are expanding their operations ahead of the driving season, the summer holiday period when US petrol demand surges, bidding up the market for high-quality, light, low-sulphur crude oil.
WashingtonPost: Inflation inflicting pain, as wages fail to keep pace with price hikes
innflation is back, with higher prices for food and fuel hammering American consumers, and this time it really hurts.
It’s not just that prices are rising — it’s that wages aren’t.
BusinessInsider: Michael Steinhardt Bashes Warren Buffett:
"He's Just The Greatest PR Person Of All Time... How He Treated John Goodfriend Was Disgusting"

Environmental News

WashingtonPost: Scientists concerned massive pool of fresh water in Arctic Ocean could alter Atlantic currents

AMSTERDAM — Scientists say they are monitoring massive pools of fresh water building in the Arctic Ocean that could spill into the Atlantic and alter weather-controlling ocean currents.
ScientificAmerican: Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water Across the CountryOld holes made in search of oil and gas have been abandoned but may be providing paths for contamination to creep up
HuffingtonPost: Sea Turtle Deaths Mount in the Gulf
Grist: Environmental groups to be penalized for winning lawsuits Two GOP-sponsored bills introduced last week would impose a penalty on environmental groups that sue the government under the Equal Access to Justice Act or the Endangered Species Act.
Grist: World Bank to the poor: ‘Coal’s good enough for you!’The World Bank -- famous for funding gobsmackingly huge, planet-killing coal-fired power plants -- is changing its tune, sort of. Under a new set of proposed rules, the Bank would only be allowed to fund gobsmackingly huge, planet-killing coal-fired power plants in the world's poorest countries. Progress!
YahooNews: Nuclear regulators probe fault at Alabama reactorATLANTA (Reuters) – Tennessee Valley Authority officials met nuclear regulators on Monday to explain the failure last year of a key valve used to operate a reactor cooling system at a nuclear plant in Alabama.
AHNNews: Storm lashes across Bangladesh, killing 12Bangladesh traditionally experience localized tornadoes during this month, in the spring
A tornado lashed northern towns of Bangladesh Monday, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 100.
CNN: Powerful storms kill 8 in South

America in Decline
MotherJones: Huckabee Hearts Secrecy
There's a Mike Huckabee mystery that won't go away.

Send a public records request seeking documents from his 12-year stint as Arkansas governor, as Mother Jones did recently, and an eyebrow-raising reply will come back: The records are unavailable, and the computer hard drives that once contained them were erased and physically destroyed by the Huckabee administration as the governor prepared to leave office and launch a presidential bid.
Corrente: Take Back The Land Rochester defends grandmother evicted from home by SWAT team the bank refused her checks and then foreclosed on her.

Food and Water

FarmPress: U.S. field crops will require 237 million acres to meet demandOngoing analysis concludes that in order to build U.S. and global supplies to acceptable levels, more acres of corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat will need to be planted this year in the United States than ever before. It is projected that 237 million acres of these four major U.S. crops need to be planted in 2011.
FarmWars: Ode to Monsanto
EarlyWarning: Trends in Animal Product Consumption
EarlyWarning: Food and Macronutrients Around the World

Police State, Big Brother, Surveillance

Wired: Appeals Court Strengthens Warrantless Searches at BorderThe authorities may seize laptops, cameras and other digital devices at the U.S. border without a warrant, and scour through them for days hundreds of miles away, a federal appeals court ruled.
USAToday: 'Secret' memo suggests FBI had a mole inside ABC News in 1990s
A once-secret memo shows that the FBI treated a senior ABC News journalist as a potential confidential informant in the 1990s, beginning with information the reporter supplied at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, The Center for Public Integrity reports.
Medical and Health
BlackListedNews: NC bill threatens to criminalize naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, midwives, aromatherapists as felons
SB 31 states that anyone who practices medicine or surgery without having been first "licensed and registered to do so" will be guilty of a Class I felony. Class I felonies in NC are the least severe kinds of felonies, but they do include things like burning crosses on private or public property, and sexually exploiting children. So if passed, SB 31 will essentially make those who practice alternative medicine without an official, state-sanctioned license and permit, criminals of the likes of sexual predators and cross burners.
WikiHow: How to Recognize Radiation Sickness
RSOE: Epidemic - Africa - Sudan: 05.04.2011 - 11:26:20 - Epidemic event happened in Africa
(at the link, click the event description tab to see the report)

South Sudan is facing the worst outbreak of Kala-azar in the past 10 years as health workers from Servant's Heart Relief race against the clock to stop the spread of the deadly disease. Also known as visceral leishmaniasis, leishmania infection, Black Death, black fever, or Dumdum fever, Kala-azar is a chronic and typically fatal disease that attacks the liver, spleen, lymph nodes and bone marrow. External symptoms of Kala-azar include sores on the body, fever, inflamed spleen, abdominal pain, headaches, and joint pain. The disease is spread by sand fly bites that infect the bitten with a parasite called Leishmania donovani. South Sudan is currently facing one of its worst dry seasons in a decade, leading to higher than normal populations of sand flies, which are smaller than mosquitoes, and very difficult to detect or see. Currently there is no vaccine for prevention of the disease. The only prevention is;do not get bitten by a sand fly. Left untreated, more than 95% of people infected with Kala-azar die within two to three months.
R&D: Breakthrough polymer nanoparticles detect and destroy MRSA and other bacteria

Other News
MailOnline: Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years
The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns.
AmericanDream: This Is What Happens When Establishment Control Of The Media Cracks For A Moment
RawStory: Supreme Court rules against challenge to religious school aidThe Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday against a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona.
In the 5 to 4 decision [PDF], the court ruled that taxpayers cannot challenge government scholarship programs that direct money to religious activities. The Supreme Court said the taxpayers who challenged the program lacked standing to bring the case.
Wired: Storyboard: How to Survive the Next Disaster 

and here's  a group of links from rj that I'll just post in it's entirety. 

via The Sideshow on 4/5/11
60 Minutes covered the Fraudclosure story - our financial wizards actually set up forgery mills to steal people's homes. Atrios posted the video. And Sam Seder talked to David Dayen about it on Majority Report.Virtually Speaking Sunday had Daniel Ellsberg talking to Jay about "Wilileaks, the role of whistleblowers, and their endangered future" before running off to celebrate his 80th birthday. You can stream here or download the podcast.

The Forums

TinfoilPalace: The parravinci prophecies
TinfoilPalace: Tinfoil Pantheon of Suspected Illuminati
TheOilAge: Are we becoming absurd?
TheOilAge: Anti-American rioting sweeps Afghanistan
Hubberts-Arms: Huffington Post Hearts Monsanto and 9 other evil corpos
Hubberts-Arms: Garden as if Your Life Depended On It, Because It Will - article
SilentCountry: Unemployed college grad? Fear not. 50000 jobs coming your way!
SilentCountry: Saudi Oil Minister Says Crude To Hit $300 If Turmoil Spreads To Saudi (Zerohedge)

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