Monday, May 9, 2011

Breaking News Mon. May 9, 2011

Top news this morning the flooding of the Mississippi river.

Also, if you haven't read this piece by Chris Hedges, PLEASE, take a few minutes and read this excellent essay. It's from March but my goodness, does he hit the nail on the head.
DandelionSalad/ChrisHedges: This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us by Chris Hedges
see also,
SHTFPlan: The Zombie Apocalypse 
Thanks to rj for the links today, I don't know how he does it!
Pay him a visit at Global Glass Onion and while you're at it, be sure to visit the forums linked at the bottom. And the member blogs on the left. 

Global Conflict
WSJ: Pakistan-U.S. Rift Widens
TV Station, Newspaper Name Man They Say Is CIA Station Chief in Islamabad

Bloomberg: Security Forces Shoot Demonstrators in Syria, Yemen
Guardian: Osama bin Laden must have had Pakistan support network, says ObamaBarack Obama raises pressure on Pakistan to investigate whether its people were involved in helping Bin Laden hide
ABCNews: Al Qaeda Documents Raise Concerns About Rail Safety
RawStory: Libyan gang-rape victim Eman al-Obeidy flees to Tunisia 
TheAtlantic: 'Dagan Thinks That Barak Is Crazy Enough to Strike Iran'
YahooNews: Bosnia is in crisis, top intl official tells UN 

Financial News
Bloomberg: U.S. Will Urge China to Boost Interest Rates in Washington Talks
USAToday: Employment report sends mixed signals on job outlook 
ZeroHedge: World's Largest Commodity Hedge Fund And Andrew Hall Taken To Cleaners On Last Week's Energy Plunge 
MSNBC: Home values see biggest drop since 2008 in first quarter, Zillow says
Number of homeowners under water amounted to 28.4% of single-family homeowners  

CNNMoney: Millionaires who owe no federal income tax
CBS: Time to Ditch Your 30-Year Mortgage? 
Spiegel: The World from Berlin
'The Only Real Option Left for Greece Is Debt Restructuring'
Paper vs Real: Exit From Normal, Ecological Economics, and Probabilistic Regimes in One Chart | "A 20 year chart of the US 30 Year Treasury Bond vs. a broad commodity index is the occassion to make several macroeconomic observations. The comparison reveals how the purchasing power of the long-dated US Treasury Bond has fared against a basket of commodities over the period.
CreditWriteDowns: "It's a farce, it's a sideshow, it really shouldn't happen…On Friday I spoke to RT America about the mockery of a sham that is US public discourse on the debt ceiling issue. First of all, the US government creates dollars. They can always manufacture more if they so choose. It's a rubbish argument to suggest the US is going bankrupt because of its deficit spending.
Exonomix: Unemployed Mother’s Day
Good: Chinese iPhone Factory Reduces Suicides, But Also Loses Profits

Peak oil and Energy News
PipelinesInternational: Harvest to deliver new oil pipeline for Eagle FordValero and Harvest Pipeline have announced that they will construct a new pipeline to deliver crude oil from the Eagle Ford region in Texas, United States, to Valero’s Three Rivers refinery.
EnergyBulletin: Peak oil review - May 9 by Tom Whipple

Environmental News
KYODONews: Workers reenter troubled No. 1 reactor building at Fukushima plant
YahooNews: Japan to shut nuclear plant on quake fears
BBC: Philippine storm threatens more after killing 11Temporary relocation area in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines May 9, 2011 Tens of thousands of Filipinos have been displaced by the stormy weather
Officials in the Philippines have told residents to stay away from hillsides prone to slips after 11 people were killed by Tropical Storm Aere.
Znet/NoamChomsky: Human Intelligence and the Environment 
YahooNews: Quake shifted Japan; towns now flood at high tideISHINOMAKI, Japan – When water begins to trickle down the streets of her coastal neighborhood, Yoshiko Takahashi knows it is time to hurry home.
Twice a day, the flow steadily increases until it is knee-deep, carrying fish and debris by her front door and trapping people in their homes. Those still on the streets slosh through the sea water in rubber boots or on bicycle.
CNN: Memphis braces for worst; Army Corps battles the Mississippi
NYT: Nuclear Agency Is Criticized as Too Close to Its Industry…In the fall of 2007, workers at the Byron nuclear power plant in Illinois were using a wire brush to clean a badly corroded steel pipe — one in a series that circulate cooling water to essential emergency equipment — when something unexpected happened: the brush poked through.  The resulting leak caused a 12-day shutdown of the two reactors for repairs.  The plant’s owner, the Exelon Corporation, had long known that corrosion was thinning most of these pipes. But rather than fix them, it repeatedly lowered the minimum thickness it deemed safe. By the time the pipe broke, Exelon had declared that pipe walls just three-hundredths of an inch thick — less than one-tenth the original minimum thickness — would be good enough.
Yahoo: Clearing Japan tsunami homes, one shovel at a time 
It oozes and reeks and sometimes it shimmers in oily rainbow colours. Millions of tonnes of putrid mud now fill every nook and cranny of Japan's tsunami disaster zone.
YahooNews: How Zombie Ants Lose Their Minds
New gruesome details have emerged explaining how a parasitic fungus manipulates an unfortunate ant, filling its head with fungal cells and changing its muscles so the ant can grab a leaf in a death grip just when and where the fungus wants it.

America in Decline
ActivistPost: Bring back waterboarding, says Cheney 
WiredDangerRoom: Watchdog Group Asks Pentagon to Investigate Darpa Chief 
Thanks to CollapaseNet for this story
CBS: Expert: Security Checkpoints Near Soft Targets May Soon Become The NormA Day May Come When You'll Be Patted Down Going Into Stores

see also,
CBS: Schumer Calls For ‘Do Not Ride’ List For Amtrak 
NatureBatsLast: Resistance as commodity: America medicated and enslaved 

Food and Water
CircleofBlue: Off the Deep End — Beijing’s Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation, Recycling, and Imports 
ForeignPolicy: Don't Blame Goldman Sachs for the Food Crisis Blame the meat-loving middle class.
CSMonitor: Food inflation, land grabs spur Latin America to restrict foreign ownership - One of the first things passengers see when disembarking at Cuiaba airport in central Brazil is a real estate advertisement promoting arable land to foreigners. South America has some of the most productive land on the planet, and buyers have long been drawn to pastureland for cattle; fields for grains, soybeans, and sugar cane; and forests where they can plant eucalyptus for timber and paper. Farms can reach the size of small nations. Such advertisements may soon be preaching to an empty audience, however, as this and other South American nations that traditionally welcomed foreign investors are now changing land laws to restrict foreign ownership as arable areas worldwide become more sought after, a fact underlined by recent food crises. For lawmakers in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, a nation where an estimated 25 percent of all land (an area the size of Denmark) already sits in foreign hands, it isn't a moment too soon to roll back the welcome mat. 

Medical and Health
ActivistPost: How to Make The Potential Cure For Cancer: Cannabis Oil (Video)
YahooNews: Study in South Korea finds higher rate of autismA study in South Korea suggests about 1 in 38 children have traits of autism, higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 100.
RawStory: WATCH LIVE: First American full facial transplant recipient speaks about the surgery

UnderNews: Rep. George Miller - The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that individuals born in 1957 would need $182,000 by the time they retire at 65 to pay the additional costs imposed by the Republican plan if they live to 84.

Other News
YahooNews: Romans gripped by fear of quake forecast for May 11

BusinessInsider: Look How An Israeli Newspaper Cropped Hillary Clinton Out Of The Famous Situation Room Photo
 Concerned that its readers would find the picture suggestive, the Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung doctored the now famous White House Situation Room photo to remove Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The newspaper claims a standing policy of never showing pictures of women due to concerns over its readers sensibilities. ROFLMAO!  That's so stupid it defies explanation!

Guardian: Police hold closed hearings to sack 477 officers for misconduct
FoI request reveals hearings held in private into offences ranging from perverting course of justice to criminal activity
Guardian: Overseas relatives of British families may lose visit visa appeal rights
Exclusive: Leaked Home Office policy paper reveals legally risky plan for ministers to scrap right of appeal
Guardian: Virginity tests for immigrants 'reflected dark age prejudices' of 1970s Britain
Home Office files suggest that at least 80 female migrants from subcontinent may have undergone such tests
CNN: Canadian woman found alive after 49 days in Nevada wilderness
Wisconsin Republicans rushing to pass agenda ahead of recalls | The Raw Story: "In Wisconsin, the Republicans in the state government are hoping to rush a packed slate of radical measures through the Legislature within the next eight weeks. Critics accuse them of accelerating the ratification process to get ahead of this summer's recall elections and the possibility of Democrats taking a majority of seats in the state Legislature. Republican lawmakers have proposed measures that will 'legalize concealed weapons, deregulate the telephone industry, require voters to show photo identification at the polls, expand school vouchers and undo an early release for prisoners', says the Wisconsin State Journal.
ThinkProgress: Two Muslim Men Kicked Off Airplane, Were Going To Conference About Tolerance
DailyMail: Live reports from Norway on the penal system that runs contrary to all our instincts – but achieves everything we could wish for - Can a prison possibly justify treating its inmates with saunas, sunbeds and deckchairs if that prison has the lowest re-offending rate in Europe? Live reports from Norway on the penal system that runs contrary to all our instincts - but achieves everything we could wish for. They spend their days happily winding around the network of paths that snake through the pine forests, or swimming and fishing along the five miles of pebble beaches, or playing on the tennis courts and football pitch; and recuperating later on sunbeds and in a sauna, a cinema room, a band rehearsal room and expansive library.  Their commune has handsomely furnished bungalows with cable TV. The residents eat together in an attractively spacious canteen thoughtfully decorated with Norwegian art. The centerpiece is a striking 10ft long model of a Norwegian merchant ship.
TheExiled: Rightwing Rutherford Institute, Co-Founded By A Racist Holocaust Denier And A “Bloodthirsty Theologian” Homophobe, Attacks The Exiled!
SHTFPlan: Shadow Government Bunkers: Security Heightened at Underground Storage Facilities
As we’ve noted before on a number of occasions, the US government is preparing for Unlikely Events Like War, Catastrophic Collapse of Society, and Even Asteroids and the Pentagon and Military are Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’. In addition to security and law enforcement implications, it doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to come to the conclusion that war gaming these scenarios takes into account continuity of government directives, which means that elite members of reserve government elements need a place to go if the SHTF.

TinfoilPalace: Ishinomaki, Japan sank 4ft- it's permanent so floods everyday with tide  
TinfoilPalace: Obama's 55/45 quote
TheOilAge: Hugo Bardi on Brussels, Barbastro PO conferences
TheOilAge: Weather Mods Caught on Tape
Hubberts-Arms: Activating "The Downward Spiral" Blog
Hubberts-Arms: Noam Chomsky Asks: What if the Iraqis Did to Bush What We Did to Osama?
SilentCountry: Bankrupting America: History Of The U.S. Debt Ceiling
SilentCountry: Gold and silver will explode again, Hathaway tells King World News

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