Friday, May 20, 2011

Breaking News Fri. May 20, 2011

 Ok, this is just plain funny.
Also, I am trying to use the pages function of blogger and will be adding some things in the days ahead. I put up an about the blog one already to see how it works. I'm thinking of putting in a books page where I can post links to books that you might find helpful. I'll just be posting books that either I've read or own and you can buy them through Amazon or look them up on ebay. Sometimes Ebay has them cheaper.
I want to thank BD for the donation yesterday! You all don't really know me but those donations you so generously send have helped me more than you know. For instance, I don't have a stove. Mine recently tore up and I can't get a new one, I've been using the little sad iron stove to cook simple things on. So what I did was I got a kerosene cooker with my donation money! I'll try and get pictures of it to show you. I wanted one like that so that I can use it outside this summer to can on as well as use it for a bit of heat this winter and to cook on in here as well.
I put some kerosene in it yesterday and fired it up and it works great! Can't wait to show it to you and again, thank you friends for getting it for me. I'll think of you guys every time I use it!

Now here's something that's had me laughing all morning!

Also, remember this is Friday and this afternoon our good friend rj will have his weekly wrap up on his blog at Global Glass Onion. Stop by and say howdie!

IrishWeatherOnline: Radioactivity In The Oceans After Fukushima Disaster

Japanese officials recently raised the severity of the nuclear power plant incident to level 7, the highest level on the international scale and comparable only to the Chernobyl incident 25 years ago, says Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  “When it comes to the oceans, however,” says Buesseler, “the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl.”
DesdemonaDespair: 200,000 tons of radioactive water may accumulate in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by December
WSJ: UPDATE: Tepco Lurches To $15B Loss, Warns Of Doubts About Survival
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) said Friday it spiraled into a net loss of over $15 billion for the fiscal year ended March--the biggest annual loss in Japanese corporate history outside the financial sector--as it reeled from the massive costs of battling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis. 
ABCNews: TEPCO President Steps Down Over Fukushima Nuclear Crises
Hosted: Agony for Japan livestock farmers in nuclear crisis
More than 10,000 cows -- prized for their marbled beef and rich milk -- have already been left behind in the scramble to escape Fukushima prefecture, many of them locked in sheds where they starved to death, farmers have said.
DesdemonaDespair: Inside Fukushima Reactor 2: ‘Too hot and humid to work for more than 15 minutes’

Global Conflict
Bloomberg: Netanyahu Says Obama Endangering Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Barack Obama’s call for a Palestinian state “based on the 1967 lines” risks endangering his country, just hours before the two are scheduled to meet in the Oval Office.
Guardian: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Israel and Middle East unrest - live updates
Spiegel: Deadly Clashes in Afghanistan
German Soldiers Fired Deliberately at Protesters
The German military has corrected its initial statement on protests in Afghanistan this week that left 12 people dead. The Bundeswehr has now admitted that it deliberately fired on demonstrators who were attacking a German base. 
RawStory: CIA chief’s letter confirms torture did not lead to Osama bin Laden
A private letter from CIA chief Leon Panetta to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) confirms that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques put in place by the Bush administration did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that eventually led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden.
CNews: NATO air strikes pound key Tripoli port
OTTAWA - Co-ordinated NATO air strikes destroyed eight Libyan warships in an attack on Tripoli's main port Thursday.
WashingtonPost: Life span of U.S. nuclear weapons will increase under plan
A new, 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex demonstrates that as the size of the arsenal shrinks because of a new arms control treaty with Russia, the effectiveness and life span of the United States’s weapons will increase.
MSNBC: Pakistan blast targets US consulate vehicle
Passer-by killed, two Americans wounded, officials say; Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility
Spiegel:Fears of Disruptions: Spain Bans Protests Ahead of Sunday Vote
BBC: Syrian security forces fire on protesters - witnesses 
InstituteforPublicAccuracy: Egypt: Attacking Protesters and Military Convicting Over 5,000 

Financial News

CNNMoney: Video: Explosion at Foxconn iPad plant

ZeroHedge: The Rich Are About To Get Very, Very Rich: Study Finds Global Millionaire Wealth Set To More Than Double By 2020
WSJ: Flood of Fees Flows Into Bank Coffers 
NYT: At I.M.F., Men on Prowl and Women on Guard 
NakedCapitalism: Florida Kangaroo Foreclosure Courts Likely to Fold
BBC: China expands export quotas of rare earth metals
China has expanded export quotas for rare earth metals, further tightening its grip on the minerals used in a number of high-tech electronics.
YahooFinance: The world is headed for an economic slowdown, according to the Economic Cycle Research Institute's (ECRI) Long Leading Index of global industrial growth. 
Zerohedge: The "Game Over" Redux 
BusinessInsider: Why Bank Stocks Are Getting Killed: All Around The World, People Are Screaming For DEFAULTThe fact that people in Spain are chanting about wanting to be more like Iceland emphasizes something profound that's happening all around the world.
MSNBC: Foreclosure flood may not have crested yet
More than 4 million seriously delinquent borrowers are at risk
WSJ: Fed Fears of Wage Increases Carry Risks
CalculatedRisk: Mortgage Delinquencies by State: Percent and Number
WSJ: Bill Proposes Mortgage Shake-Up
Time: NY AG Investigation: Why Haven't Wall Streeters Gone to Jail? 
EconomicPolicyInstitute: We’re not broke nor will we be
Many policymakers and pundits claim “we’re broke” and “can’t afford” public investments and policies that support workers. These claims are meant to justify efforts to scale back government programs and public sector workers’ wages and benefits. The “we’re broke” theme also implies that America’s working families should be satisfied with the status quo in terms of wages that have been stagnant for 30 years.
EconoSpeak: The Food Stamp Fight
MSNBC:JP Morgan CEO: US default would be 'disaster'
Jamie Dimon weighs in on debate over government's $14.3 trillion debt limit

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: Might peak oil and climate change outlive their usefulness as framings for Transition?

ibtimes: BP cuts oil spill burden with $1 billion Mitsui deal
BP struck a key victory in its battle to share the cost of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when partner Mitsui & Co agreed on Friday to pay $1.1 billion toward the clean-up bill and possibly billions more in fines.
Platts: Shell approves floating LNG project at Australia's Prelude
Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell has taken a final investment decision on its wholly-owned Prelude floating LNG project off northwestern Australia, which it said would be a "game changer" for the energy industry.
"The decision means that Shell is now ready to start detailed design and construction of what will be the world's largest floating offshore facility, in a shipyard in South Korea," the company said.
BusinessGreen: How to develop a business plan for oil depletion
Chris Skrebowski explores how businesses can best protect themselves against the threat posed by Peak Oil
TheDrum: Opinion: Oil: the real reason we need a carbon price
CEPR: And It All Has Nothing to Do With the Price of Gas!

Environmental News
FloridaOilSpillLaw: Report: New huge spill near Deepwater Horizon, at MC243 — Slick is 100 miles long, skimming started days ago 

New HUGE slick confirmed. 25 miles South of Grand Isle. 12 X 100 miles. Skimming operations begun days ago. Pics coming soon. Exact source location is Matterhorn MC243
Thanks to Changer at Silent Country for this link.
CourierMail: China admits to ''urgent'' problems at Three Gorges Dam  

PeopleDaily: 4 million in China suffering from drought
As of May 18, 65,300 square kilometers of farmlands suffer from drought, mainly in Hubei, Gansu, Jiangxi and Hunan Provinces, severely affecting 4.2 million people, 3.2 million large livestock and 22,000 square kilometers of crops, according to the Chinese Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
TreeHugger: NASA Satellite Photos Show Coal Mining Destroy a Mountain Range Over 25 YearsDoes anyone out there still need convincing that mountaintop removal mining is in the running for mankind's worst idea?
WeatherUnderground: NOAA predicts an active Atlantic hurricane season: 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes
DigitalJournal: Susquehanna River named most endangered in US due to fracking
Washington - Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to the naming of the Susquehanna River as America’s most endangered river in an annual report listing the top ten rivers in the country at environmental risk from factors such as coal, uranium and sewage.
Spokesman: U.S. Silver will pay EPA fines
SILVERTON, Idaho – U.S. Silver Corp. has agreed to pay $87,000 in penalties to settle federal water quality violations from discharges of copper, lead and mercury into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.
ClimateChangePsychology: Mississippi Flooding Is Part of 'Global Weirding'

NYT: NRC Finds Many U.S. Nuclear Plants Ill-Prepared to Handle Simultaneous Threats
Reuters: Gas Drilling Turning Quiet Tourist Destination into Industrial Town'While we're drilling wells there are going to be a whole lot of trucks going past your house. And you're not going to like that,' says an industry insider 
NASAEarthObservatory: Morganza Floodway after Five Days of Flow
InsideBayArea: Dead sharks found in Redwood Shores were suffering from internal bleeding, necropsy shows 
ClimateChangePsychology: Wildfires and Spills in the Canadian Tar Sands
My heart hurts, not a day has gone by that I have not broken down crying, but I hope that I can expose this cover up for what it is. And hope that my community will not continue to be silenced like they have for decades. It is a sad time as you can imagine.
Attempter: Series on the Land Scandal and the Land Recourse
Discovery: Dolphins, Whale Blubber Harbors ChemicalsSince we tend to eat the same fish as these marine predators, this is bad news for humans, too.
HartfordAdvocate: You Have No Idea What Mowing Your Lawn Is Doing To The Planet
ClimateProgress: Arctic sea ice volume: The death spiral continuesOne-year-old ice in Beaufort Sea now a foot thinner than in 2009

America in Decline
RawReplay: Videos allegedly reveal illegal searches, theft, brutality by San Francisco police

RawStory: EXCLUSIVE: DOJ plan to arrest state licensers, tax dispensaries could doom medical marijuana industry 
BusinessInsider: To Eat And Survive In LA: On Track For A Million Food Stamp Users 
IntelDaily: On The Chopping Block: Federal Worker Pensions
Bipartisan support endorses ending vital social benefits incrementally, principally Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, healthcare for those who can’t afford it, and public pensions.
Bloomberg: Secret Donors Multiply in U.S. Election Spending
abcnews: Family Demands Answers in SWAT Team Killing of Arizona Ex-Marine The family of an ex-Marine who was gunned down in his home by a Pima County, Ariz., SWAT team firing 71 shots is demanding some answers. 
RawStory: Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Food and Water
ForeignPolicy: The New Geopolitics of Food

From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars.
FarmWars: Hemp and the Rule of Law
 Excerpt from the 55 minute documentary, “Hemp and the Rule of Law” chronicles the movement to legalize the growing of hemp for American farmers. Hemp is the non-narcotic relative of marijuana, once grown on American farms. Today, it is under the control of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who call it marijuana. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation to outlaw the crop.
WSJ: Mideast Staggered by Cost of Wheat

Wheat prices jumped on Wednesday, taking the week's gains to 17%, an ascent that threatens to put fresh pressure on fragile Middle East governments that import the grain to feed their people.
Wet weather in the U.S. and dryness in Western Europe are driving the recent rise. Wheat futures jumped 53 cents, or 7%, to $8.17 per bushel Wednesday, the biggest single-day dollar gain in more than seven months, and are now up 91% in less than a year.
DeltaFarmPress: Louisiana farmers face huge losses from flood, drought
Earlier in May, corn and soybeans planted in the Morganza floodway sat parched. Farmers were anxious for a rain. Today, water covers these same crops, drowned by the opening of the spillway.
NPR: The Man, The Can: Recipes Of The Real Chef Boyardee

 FloridaIndependent: After farm-photo bill dies in Florida, animal advocacy groups wary of Monsanto-backed version in Iowa

PlanetGreen: 1/3 of Global Food Production Goes to Waste We knew it was bad, but really?

Science and Technology
ScientificAmerican: Free Worlds: Billions of Extra-Stellar Planetary Bodies May Be Adrift in the Galaxy

When is a planet not a planet? A new study claims that the Milky Way is filled with Jupiter-mass celestial objects that do not orbit any star
Two astronomical collaborations report in the May 19 Nature that they have located a population of 10 celestial objects, each with about the mass of Jupiter, with no detectable host star. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.) By extrapolation, the study's authors, from the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) collaboration and the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) collaboration, calculate that there should be almost twice as many such objects in the Milky Way as there are stars. Some of the newfound objects may simply orbit a star at a distance so great that their host star is not apparent, but the researchers estimate that most of them are indeed free-floating.
Grist: Sexiest LED lightbulb ever is first true alternative to incandescents 
Wired: Infoporn: How Flatscreen TVs Get Cheaper 
DigitalTrends: Apple causes ‘religious’ reaction in brains of fans, say neuroscientists 
NewScientist: Sound of sex could alert internet porn filter 

Medical and Health
ScientificAmerican:Natural Born Prion Killers: Lichens Degrade "Mad Cow" Related Brain Pathogen

FarmWars: Feel like a radiated sitting duck? Things you can do to mitigate the problem. 
BusinessInsider: Incredible Video Of Paralyzed Man Standing Up After Groundbreaking Treatment

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
KerrCenter: Hoop House How-to Slideshow

KickStarter: Heritage Seed Co. calling all seed savers 
NYT: Cash Crops Under Glass and Up on the Roof 

ActivistPost: The Chicken Underground: Raising fresh food against the law? (Video)

Other News
CSMonitor: FBI considers Unabomber in unsolved 1982 Tylenol-poisoning case

The FBI wants DNA from Ted Kaczynski for a 30-year-old unsolved case. The 'Unabomber' argues that his belongings, currently on sale, could exonerate him in the Tylenol case.
MotherJones: The Rapture's PR Man
Scenes from Family Radio Headquarters during the Earth's final days.
AmericanProspect: "Traditional Values" is Just Code for "Men Can Do Whatever They Want"
UtahNews: Man finds cash in house, returns it to rightful owners

Time: 513 Migrants in Two Tractor-Trailers: Why Mexico's Drug Cartels Are Moving into Human Smuggling
BusinessInsider: Brazilian Woman Wins The Right To Masturbate And Watch Porn At Work 
Guardian: The Sun denies claim it knowingly published fake child Botox story
Woman claims she was paid to make up story about injecting her eight-year-old daughter with Botox
MotherJones: The Apocamix
RawStory: Mitt Romney accuses Obama of betraying Israel
WASHINGTON — Top Republican contenders for the White House in 2012 accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of betraying staunch US ally Israel in his new long-shot push for Middle East peace.
"President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus," thundered former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, generally viewed as the frontrunner in the race for the party's presidential nomination.
RawReplay: Sen. Sanders calls for constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United

The Forums

TinfoilPalace: I think we might have a smoking gun on HAARP causing earthquakes (maybe)
TinfoilPalace: CDC and Zombie Survival
TheOilAge: Doctors refusing care
TheOilAge: US Supreme Court further erodes 4th Amendment
Hubberts-Arms: Party Suggestions for Rapture Day?
Hubberts-Arms: Amazonian tribe has no "time" concept
SilentCountry: Dressing for the Rapture! 
SilentCountry: Problems at Three Gorges Dam - who knew?

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