Monday, May 2, 2011

Breaking News Mon. May 2, 2011

We are headed into historic times indeed.

Thanks to rj for all the links, I've not gone through them all yet but posted some. It's been a busy day so far.
Do take a min. and visit Global Glass Onion for the weekly wrap up.
Also, all four forums have great threads going on the recent news of Bin Laden's demise so check them out at the bottom of the post.
If you'd like to read something really wonderful, go to Conflicted Doomer and read Ozarker's recent post
"White Rabbits" really great work.

Death of Bin Laden
WashingtonPost: Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. raid, buried at sea
RawStory: Meet the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden
The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6.
Officially, the team's name is classified and not available to the public, technically there is no team 6. A Tier-One counter-terrorism force similar to the Army's elusive Delta group, Team 6's mission rarely make it to paper much less the newspaper.
It shows how important the publicity about Bin Laden's killing is to the U.S. that this morning, Team 6 is front pages news.
The members of Team 6 are all "black" operatives. They exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept.
NPR: Bin Laden: From Millionaire's Son To Most-Wanted 
ForeignPolicy: Was killing bin Laden legal?
NPR: Raid On Bin Laden Was Live-Blogged, Though The Blogger Didn't Know It
Spiegel: An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth
TheHill: Cheney says Obama deserves credit in bin Laden's killing
Former Vice President Dick Cheney toasted President Obama, saying the Democratic president deserves credit, along with members of the military and intelligence communities, for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
WashingtonPost: Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy, likely next leader of al-Qaida
MotherJones: "OK, He's Dead. Can We Go Home Now?Bin Laden's supporters (and the president's detractors) share their frustrations online, while active-duty soldiers"
(now, evidently a presidential detractor and a Bin Laden supporter are the same thing?)

BusinessInsider: Cantor Fitzergerald CEO Howard Lutnick: "I'm Glad" Bin Laden Didn't Die Of Natural Causes
Bloomberg: U.S. Forces Unsure Bin Laden in Compound Until Face to Face (1)
WashingtonPost: U.S. airports, train stations and other centers of travel on high alert in wake of bin Laden’s death
WashingtonPost: Bin Laden’s secret sea burial adds to the mystery of his life
PBS: Look Inside Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad Compound

JapanTimes: Economy took bigger hit than estimated

The economy took a bigger hit from last month's disaster than anticipated, with factory output falling the most since at least the end of Allied Occupation, underscoring calls for the Bank of Japan to add stimulus.
ENews: “URGENT: Radiation leaks from fuel rods suspected” at Japan’s Tsuruga nuclear plant — Radioactive Xenon up 75,000%
NYTUnsafe At Any Dose - SIX weeks ago, when I first heard about the reactor damage at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, I knew the prognosis: If any of the containment vessels or fuel pools exploded, it would mean millions of new cases of cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Global Conflict 

Time: How the Arab Spring Made Bin Laden an Afterthought CNN: Hackers group says it will target Iran on Sunday 
TPM: Reid: Obama Has No Plans To Change Afghanistan Strategy In Wake Of Bin Laden Killing
ibtimes: Osama Bin Laden dead - will Al Qaeda detonate nuclear bomb now, as threatened?Shortly after 9/11, Al Qaeda had warned to set off a “nuclear hellstorm” if Osama bin Laden is ever captured or killed, according to U.S. government documents that were leaked just last month by Wikileaks.
NewsFeed: May Day: Both Hitler and bin Laden Announced Dead on May 1
Despite the jubilation (mostly) worldwide over the death of Osama bin Laden, the biggest enemy so far this century, it's easy to forget the historic coincidence of the death of the biggest mass murderer of the previous century.
BusinessInsider: US-Pakistan Relations Reach Their Nadir
Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, roughly 30 miles from Islamabad, in a "mansion" within walking distance of one of Pakistan's premier military training academies.  It would have been impossible, literally, for Pakistan's intelligence service and its military not to know this. To suggest otherwise is to ask people to believe that pigs fly.

NPR: Taliban Use Child Bomber At Start Of OffensiveOn the first day of its promised spring offensive, the Taliban used a 12-year-old boy as a suicide bomber in an attack Sunday that killed four civilians, President Hamid Karzai said, calling the child's recruitment inhumane and un-Islamic.
Reuters: Sri.Lankan leader spurns U.N. call for war crimes probe(Reuters) - Sri Lanka's leader rejected calls for a war crimes probe at a public protest on Sunday against a U.N. finding of "credible evidence" government forces committed atrocities when crushing Tamil Tiger guerrillas in 2009.
ForeignAffairs: The Black Swan of CairoHow Suppressing Volatility Makes the World Less Predictable and More Dangerous
Bloomberg: Israel Delays Funds for Palestinians Over Hamas ConcernIsraeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz will delay transferring tax funds to the Palestinian Authority until receiving proof that the money won’t go to the Islamic Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip.
WashingtonPost: April is deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since 2009BAGHDAD — April was the deadliest month for U.S. military forces in Iraq in nearly a year and a half and the worst by far for American troops since they officially ended combat missions in the country last year, according to military and independent record keepers.
Guardian: Syria shockwaves sweep across Middle EastNow that Bashar al-Assad is crushing opposition with terrible brutality, no one in the West knows how to deal with him
Reuters: Afghan violence seen dragging on despite bin Laden death(Reuters) - Afghan leaders hailed the killing of Osama bin Laden Monday, but the only immediate impact on the Afghan war will likely be a spike in violence.

Financial News
Good: As Services Suffer, British Taxpayers Pay $35 Million for Wedding Security 

 Geithner Exempts a $30 Trillion Derivatives Market From Regulation and Oversight | The Economic Populist: "On Friday, the witching hour of government press releases they want no one to read, the Treasury Department announced they will block regulation of large classes of derivatives: 

Super Sad True Jobs Story - Once upon a time, economic recovery led to expanded employment of the United States population. Not anymore. The percentage of adults employed has declined sharply during the last two recessions and failed to increase much in their aftermath.
A Commodity Peak? - Krugman - WSJ: Commodity Surprise: Some Are Now Heading Down.Good reporting on the slumps in cotton, copper, etc.
BusinessInsider: 5 Huge Economic Events That Will Define The Coming Week
Today is being defined by the killing of Osama Bin Laden, but it's going to be a huge week for good old economic news.
WashingtonPost: Running in the red: How the U.S., on the road to surplus, detoured to massive debt
ibtimes: Fistful of Dollars: How the Federal Reserve destroyed America  
TheEconomist: Are the wealthy in China anxious to leave the country? 
TruthDig: The Trillion Dollar Public Benefits Gap WidensState governments are looking at a cumulative shortfall of at least $1.26 trillion needed to pay for pension and retirement health care services, The Pew Center on the States reported in a study last week.
WSJ: Number of the Week: Millions Set to Lose Unemployment Benefits
BusinessInsider: Warren Buffett: There's "No Question" The Dollar Will Keep Falling 
ZeroHedge: What Keeps Wall Street Up At Night (Quarterly Edition)
CNNMoney: Death of bin Laden means nothing for stocks 
BusinessInsider: The 5 Industries Driving The American Recovery 

Peak oil and Energy News

Hat tip to Collapse Net for the following video!

EnergyBulletin: Complaining about mosquito bites while a crocodile bites our leg
Oil prices to keep rising as peak production reached in 2006 - The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 29, 2011:
"THE AGE of cheap oil is now over – and that’s official. 

Environmental News 

USAToday: Mo. asks court to block levee blast, farm floodingCAIRO, Ill. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to block federal officials from destroying a Mississippi River levee as they try to prevent flooding in a small Illinois city.
The power of hail, from around Knoxville Tn. Wow!
YahooNews: Group says Pa. governor advisers tied to shale problemsAn environmental group said on Wednesday that nearly half of the violations in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation last year were committed by companies whose representatives sit on Governor Tom Corbett's Marcellus advisory commission.
FarmWars: “Inert” Ingredients in Roundup Pesticide Contain Dioxane!
Stuff: Monster whale found on beach

America in Decline

ActivistPost: The Strange World of NSA Mind Control

Food and Water
Grist: FDA agents launch covert ops against D.C.-area raw-milk buying club
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just filed a complaint in federal court, seeking a permanent injunction against Amish farmer Dan Allgyer in Pennsylvania. It accuses him of violating a federal prohibition on interstate sales of raw milk by shipping unpasteurized milk to a Maryland buying club's members.
NutraIngredients: Bamboo may be a ‘new health food’, says review
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News May 1, 2011
1. As of April 21, U.S. exports of barley, corn and sorghum are tracking close to 2009/2010 export levels despite increases in grain prices. DDGS exports are up 25%, however.
2. Farmers throughout the Midwest are nervous about delayed corn and soybean planting due to continuing cool, wet weather and flooding. A significant part of this area has received from 150% to 200% of normal rainfall this month, which has many fields ranging from wet to saturated. Missouri, southern corn belt, South Dakota, Agweb reports.
SFGate: SF salmon season opens with few fish
San Francisco welcomed its first real salmon season in three years on Sunday with glorious weather, eager fishermen and hungry diners.

The only thing missing was the fish.

Science and Technology
Wired: Welcome to the Brave New World of Persuasion Profiling
Welcome, [FIRST NAME], to the era of personalization. recommends books you might like, Netflix tailors your movie menu, and Google customizes your news. And in exchange for this friendly algorithmic assistance, targeted ads follow you wherever you navigate online.

Medical and Health
TruthDig: Vermont Makes History, Passes Universal Health Care

MSNBC: Microbiology labs linked to nationwide salmonella outbreakOne death, 73 illnesses from bacteria tied to clinical, teaching centers, CDC says 
Kurzweil: New Zealand Quadriplegic dons robotic exoskeleton and walks again

Other News

NewAmerican: Do You Really Want Constitutional Government?
There is a simple reason why we don’t have constitutional government: By and large, most Americans don’t want it. In fact, most don’t even know what it would entail.
This is true even of most people who preach adherence to the Constitution.
RawStory: Israel launches bid to reclaim Holocaust assets
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Sunday launched a commission to track down property taken from Holocaust victims across Europe and get compensation for wartime losses.
Guardian: The secret life of librariesThey have always had a dusty image – and never more so than now – but libraries are at the heart of our communities. With the axe about to fall, Bella Bathurst reveals just what we're about to lose
NewAmerican: Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer Signs Law Authorizing Security Fence
LifeInc: The magic behind product numbersConsumers love brand names containing numbers, and marketers know it: Levi's 501s, Heinz 57, 2000 Flushes, Boeing 747, WD-40, iPhone 4, Windows 7 and on and on.
Levi's 501 jeans succeed despite the nonfluent numbers in the brand name, says professor Dan King of the National University of Singapore.
But is there a science behind the numbers? Do certain numbers resonate better with shoppers?
FerFalBlog: Rural Homes being Attacked - “Yes we had 3 houses robbed, all next door to eachother just 2 doors down. Luckily they broke the pattern and went somewhere else.” I guess what worry’s me the most is that we live out of town 10 miles. I guess criminals are getting less lazy usually they’ll stay in town where it is easy pickens. That and the fact they came in on one of the homeowners and killed her. That’s pretty unfortunate. I didn’t predict anything that wasn’t already happening in dangerous parts of the world, and has happened before. Just common sense actually.  Its only American survivalist folk to think that criminals are too stupid to get into a car and look for a nice profitable isolated target that can be picked clean without concerns of neighbors reporting it and authorities responding to the incident. As I said many times, the ubiquitous survival retreat half a gas tank away from town works very well when there’s NO real threat to worry about.

The Forums

TinfoilPalace: Bin Laden Dead, White House Reports
TinfoilPalace: OATHKEEPERS now in Survival Mode!
TheOilAge: For Palin, sucking resources is our god given right!
TheOilAge: Osama Bin Laden Killed In Pakistan
Hubberts-Arms: Bradley Manning Manned Up
Hubberts-Arms: Breaking President to make Speech
SilentCountry: Bin laden dead
SilentCountry: All hope for human race gone

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