Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Breaking News, Wed. April 13, 2011

Hope everyone is having a good week this week and getting to do a little gardening!
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DailyMail: Girl, 8, among tsunami victims denied help after fears they could spread radiation

(But hey, look, they're not looting!)
The ban is a reminder of the discrimination suffered by irradiated survivors of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Misguided rumours suggested they could make other people ill.
The father of an eight-year-old girl said she was refused treatment for a skin condition in a hospital in Fukushima city because she did not have a screening certificate.
Mr Takayuki Okamura told the Mainichi Daily newspaper: 'I am worried already with my life as an evacuee. It was a real shock to have (mydaughter's) appointment refused.'
Time: What Does Fukushima's Level 7 Status Mean?
Good: Ancient People Are Still Awesome: Centuries-Old Japanese Tsunami Warning Markers Saved Lives
"High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants," reads the centuries-old stone tablet above. "Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."
RawStory: Body of US tsunami victim found on beach
NYT: Japan Tries to Explain Delays in Reporting Radiation
Bloomberg: Japan Hit by Aftershocks as Jaczko Says Nuclear Crisis Is Yet to Stabilize
IntelDaily: Fukushima Elevated to Level 7
Fukushima’s disaster will scar much, perhaps all of Japan for generations, including fetuses and newborns to be genetically harmed by radiation poisoning.
AtomicPowerReview: APRA Special: Observations on Fukushima Daiichi.

Global Conflict
Guardian: China seals off Tibetan monastery
Kirti monastery in Sichuan province cordoned off as tensions mount after monk kills himself in protest against Chinese rule
CSMonitor: China's political crackdown: How my visit with Li Datong was thwarted by police
Just before my interview with former journalist Li Datong, his wife told us he had been taken away by five policemen. The police let him go, but said they would be back.

Guardian: Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire on protesters
Witnesses claim soldiers who disobeyed orders in Banias were shot by security services as crackdown on protests intensifies
USAToday: 28 more bodies found in Mexico pits, raising total to 116
Bloomberg: Libya Rebels Urge More NATO Force to Avert Misrata Massacre
Telegraph: Egypt detains former president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days
Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak be detained for 15 days for investigation for corruption and abuse allegations.
Guardian: Barack Obama must speak out on Bahrain bloodshed
Bahrainis are suffering the same violent repression as Libyans – so why does Barack Obama have nothing to say?
StrategyPage: Sudan: Israeli Air Strikes
StrategyPage: Ivory Coast: Bloody Payback Time
IntelDaily: U.S. Stays Mum as Bahrain Unleashes Brutal Crackdown
“No leniency [1].” That was the warning from Bahrain’s crown prince last week as government forces continued cracking down on protesters, activists, journalists and doctors. It was issued alongside yet another promise of reform by the Bahraini government.
Guardian: Libya contact group meets in Doha as fighting continues - live coverage
Foreign ministers are meeting with Libyan rebels in Doha today as part of a Libya contact group set up last month, amid reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis in the besieged city of Misrata.

Financial News 
BusinessInsider: Goldman Sachs Takes Information From Its Clients And Uses It To Trade Against Them, Says Private Equity Investor 

ForeignPolicy: Bretton Woods outlook dark for America
The really smart people have already put their wealth in gold bars and moved to New Zealand

CBSMoneyWatch: Social Security Not Mailing Statements: No Need to Worry
This may sound harsh, but online business is the way of the world now. If you don’t keep up with technology, you’re going to fall behind, no matter what age you are.
Guardian: Cash-strapped consumers go on a spending strike
Sterling fell sharply as the City reassessed the chances of an early increase in interest rates
Slate: What Republicans Want Added to the Debt Ceiling Vote
YahooFinance: American Ghost Towns of the 21st Century
There are several counties in America, each with more than 10,000 homes, which have vacancy rates above 55%. The rate is above 60% in several.
Good: Ikea Using U.S. for Cheap Labor, Behaving Ruthlessly American
Is America becoming the source of cheap labor for European companies? This is what it must feel like to be Mexico post-NAFTA.
Bloomberg: Sweden Predicts Surplus, Plans Tax Cuts as Economy Beats Europe
Sweden predicted a budget surplus and raised its economic growth forecast for the next two years, allowing Europe’s fastest-growing economy to cut taxes while the rest of the region struggles through austerity cuts.
Guardian: Retirees forced to stay in work as affordability bites
Survey by Prudential shows a 50% increase in the number of people having to work longer as they cannot afford to retire
Bloomberg: ASML Bookings Drop 27% as Japan Earthquake Hurts Some Chipmakers
BusinessInsider: Investors, Futures Traders, Mutual Fund Managers, Hedge Funds And Economists Are All At Record Bullishness
CNNMoney: Countdown on for budget cuts
The biggest budget cut ever ($40 billion) must pass both houses of Congress and be signed by midnight on Friday.
WSJ: Deficit Speech Will Be Lightning Rod
President Barack Obama will describe his plans for long-term deficit reduction Wednesday, in a move likely to kick off a months-long debate with Republicans while alienating some members of his own Democratic Party.
BusinessInsider: Wow, John Boehner Is Quietly Reaching Out To Wall Street On The Debt Limit To See When Markets Will Get Freaked Out
“They don’t seem to understand that you can't put everything back in the box. Once that fear of default is in the markets, it doesn't just go away. We'll be paying the price for years in higher rates,” said one executive.
NYT: Budget Cuts Raise Doubt on Course of Recovery
Budget Cuts Raise Doubt on Course of Recovery
Economist'sView: Fed Watch: Q1 Growth Looking Weak – Will it Affect the Fed?
WSJ: Rail Woes Hit Auto Deliveries
Fairgrounds, Storage Lots Fill as Freight Car Shortages Stall Detroit Shipments
NakedCapitalism: Our Polarized and Money-Driven Congress: Created Over 25 Years By Republicans (and Quickly Imitated by Democrats)
Economix: Mexicans Work the Longest Hours 
TheNation: An Offensive Response to the Budget 'Crisis' 
NYT: Senators Surprised by Obama’s Entry Into Fiscal Debate 
TPM:Cantor: U.S. Will Hit Its Debt Ceiling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) suggested Tuesday that Congress will allow the country to hit its debt ceiling, and continue to hold out for dramatic spending cuts while the nation approaches a genuine default.
Peak oil and Energy News

StarAdvertiser: Believers in 'peak oil' preparing for when a fill-up costs $100
For some, the idea of peak oil is still too hard to swallow, but the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its October 2010 "Annual World Report" stated that peak oil actually "arrived in 2006."

Richard Ha, a Big Island farmer and environmentalist, says the Earth is likely approaching or already at a state of peak oil. Yes, he says, there will always be a lot of oil in the ground, but extracting it will cost as much as the oil is worth.
CommonDreams: What Japan's Disaster Tells Us about Peak Oil
For large parts of eastern Japan that were not directly hit by the tsunami on 11 March 2011, including the nation’s capital, the current state of affairs feels very much like a dry-run for peak oil. This is not to belittle the tragic loss of life and the dire situation facing many survivors left without homes and livelihoods. Rather, the aim here is to reflect upon the post-disaster events and compare them with those normally associated with the worst-case scenarios for peak oil.
TheStar: The need for biofuels
EXPERTS predict the majority of the world’s oil fields will reach maximum petroleum extraction capacity in 2020, a state otherwise known as “peak oil”. After this point, a reduction in pressure causes the rate of production to enter a state of terminal decline.
Grist: Get ready for GOP baloney on gas prices

Environmental News 
RawStory: Bolivia to ‘make world history’ by granting rights to Mother Nature
ClimateProgress: Budget resolution includes rider to reinstate Bush’s wilderness drilling policy
TheAtlantic: The People Who Clean the World's Tallest Mountain
 Each year, the Eco Everest Expedition picks up the oxygen tanks and food containers discarded by decades of mountaineers
PBS: Seasonal Rains Bring Rise in Cholera Cases in Haiti  
NatGeo: Penguin Numbers Plummeting—Whales Partly to Blame?Krill declines in parts of Antarctica linked to warming, whales, study says.
ExtinctionProtocol: Scientists puzzled by giant whirlpools that have appeared in the Atlantic Ocean
see also the following article.

ExtinctionProtocol: Magnetic field anomalies and signs of further field declination
ClimateProgress: Extreme warming forces climate scientists to add hot pink to temperature map
FarmWars: Fracking nightmare destroys small farmers
Guardian: Australia leases out mineral-rich land as China's hunger for resources growsNo longer content with buying iron ore and coal from Australian firms, China is building its own mining operations in the country
ClimateProgress: Budget battle torpedoes NOAA Climate Service

America in Decline
ThinkProgress: Romney Founded Business That Utilized Offshore Tax Havens, Costing Taxpayers Billions In Lost Revenue

Food and Water 
FarmPress: EU votes to broaden proposed GM crop bans
CSMonitor: $600 in groceries for $10? Yes. How? Extreme couponing.
'Extreme Couponing,' a new TLC show, may be a little, well, extreme. But anyone can save big with online coupons.

FarmPress: Hope dwindling for farmers as drought lingers in Oklahoma, Texas
Following what has been the driest four-month period since before the 1930s Dust Bowl, hope is dwindling, if not already lost, for wheat farmers of Oklahoma and Texas who desperately need rain. The forecast is not looking promising.
Any hits to U.S. agriculture amid rising food and gas prices will only add to the strain on the wallets of families and individuals across the nation and the globe, with the U.S. being the world's largest exporter of wheat and corn.
FarmPress: Western Water Council considers water sharing recommendations

Medical and Health
AmericanDream: 25 Shocking Facts That Prove That The Entire U.S. Health Care Industry Has Become One Giant Money Making Scam
BeforeItsNews: The Emergence of Vaccine Induced Diseases
RawStory: Genital herpes ‘contagious even without symptoms’
NewScientist: Mind controls: Electrodes sitting on the brain's surface  
Guardian: Press bandwagon on antidepressants makes for depressing readingA cursory look at widely available research easily explains a rise in prescriptions. And no, it has nothing to do with the recession
TheIndependent: Superbugs may have found their match in manuka beesManuka honey, the premium product found on fashionable breakfast tables, could play a role in the battle against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists reported yesterday.

Police State, Surveillance
Six-Year-Old's TSA Pat-Down: Careful or Crossing the Line?

StrategyPage: Intelligence: Mind Reading That Works
Sovereignman: IRS to increase “pre-crime” enforcement
StrategyPage: CounterTerrorism: Facebook And The Future Of Fear

Other News
ABCNews: Mother's Decaying Corpse Found in Houston Home, Twin Sons Face Felony Murder Charges
Male Twins Allegedly Spent Three Months Living Alongside the Corpse of Their Mother-- Now Charged With Felony Murder
UPI: Chicago school bans home-packed lunches
Spiegel: 'There's a Big Difference Between East Germany and Today's China'
UPI: New Orleans feral chicken population booms
WashingtonPost: Demjanjuk defense asks for trial suspension after AP report raises questions about evidence
John Demjanjuk’s defense attorney says his client’s trial on Nazi war crimes charges should be suspended in the wake of an Associated Press report showing the FBI believed the Soviet Union fabricated evidence in the case.
FinancialTimes: The radical right and the US state
TheAtlantic: The Ordeal of Immigrating Legally
It took 18 years for Andrew Sullivan to get word he could stay in the U.S. It's shameful that it took so long.

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: 4 best methods for off the grid food production
TinfoilPalace: The Blue Skinned People of Kentucky
TheOilAge: Budget cut details
TheOilAge: $5 dollar gas by memorial day
Hubberts-Arms: Hosni Mubarak has heart attack.
Hubberts-Arms: My Latest Visit To The Dry Cannery
SilentCountry: BAU is the religion of the masses
SilentCountry: Monsoons spinning the Earth's plates: study

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