BBC: Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant begins operationIran's first nuclear power station has begun operating at a low level, says the Russian company that built it.The generating unit at the Bushehr reactor was brought up to the "minimum controllable level of power" on Sunday.
I hope everyone is doing ok and getting some better weather. Do visit our friend rj at his blog, Global Glass Onion. He sends stories every single day for us to read. Thanks rj.
Oh and in case you missed it, you gotta read Ozarker's latest! She writes with wisdom.
The Conflicted DoomerAnd don't forget to check out the forums linked at the bottom of this post for some good insight into and discussion of, current affairs.
Was It Worth It?
Was It Worth It?
TAE: May 10 2011: Welcome to The Atomic Village
NaturesWrath: Fukushima TEPCO Radioactivity Report 5/8/11
NPR: Japanese Prime Minister Gives Up His Salary
BLN: Deadly Silence on Fukushima
ActivistPost: No plan to pull CIA spy from Pakistan: US official
WashingtonBlog: Bin Laden Home Videos Released ... Why Does the Terrorist Kingpin Look Better Than He Did in 2001?The Pentagon has released "home made videos" by Bin Laden, supposedly seized from the Pakistani compound in which he was killed:
USAToday: Report: U.S. got green light from Pakistan 10 years ago for a raid on bin Laden
WashingtonPost: Applying pressure on Bahrain
TheTennessean: Swollen Mississippi, Ohio rivers halt barge trafficBusinesses' supplies of raw materials, finished goods shrink
BLN: Don’t Buy A House In 2011 Before You Read These 20 Wacky Statistics About The U.S. Real Estate Crisis
Bloomberg: Cost of U.S. Imported Goods Rose More Than Forecast in April
BusinessInsider: Small Business Optimism Falls Again
BusinessInsider: How All-Cash Are Buyers Preventing The Collapse Of The Housing Market
KeiserReport: Keiser Report: Economic Euthanasia
Bloomberg: OCBC World’s Strongest Bank in Singapore With Canadians Dominating Ranking
Spiegel: 'Greece Needs a Kind of Marshall Plan'
ZeroHedge: Next On The Downgrade Docket: Belgium
Peak oil and Energy News
TheRegister: IPCC report: Renewables can never meet energy demandUnless most people die or remain miserably poor
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued teasers ahead of an upcoming report into renewable energy.
The IPCC says that "close to 80 per cent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century". However this is derived from the most optimistic possible scenario for renewables, and even then it requires most of the human race to remain in miserable poverty.
Platts: Iran plans new petrochemical contracts on its oil bourse in Kish
Spiegel: Rise of the Rupee, Real and RenminbiRival Currencies Take Aim at Dollar's Dominance
Platts: Analysts look for 1.6-million-barrel build in crude stocks
ClimateProgress: 9 in 10 Americans blame Wall Street and Big Oil for spiking gas prices
YahooFinance: Oil falls below $102 ahead of US supply reportsOil falls below $102 in Europe in anticipation of higher US crude inventories
HeatingOil: Controversial Home Heating Oil Tax May Be Dropped
thanks rj for this next story!
rj says, "this guy thinks his post drove oil down:"PoliticalCalculations: Changing the Outlook for Oil Prices - How fast do markets absorb and react to new information? Let's find out using the action on the crude oil market on 5 May 2011. Tutor2U: AS Micro: What´s really behind the oil price rise?
AccuWeather: Cincinnati to Savannah at Risk for Damaging Storms
NatGeo: Whales Throng New York City Area, Surprising ScientistsSurprising number of whales, including biggest species, found via microphones.
ScientificAmerican: Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas Pollutes Water WellsA new study indicates that fracturing the Marcellus Shale for natural gas is contaminating private drinking water wells
ABCNews: Mississippi River Flood Highlights Bailout Costs for Taxpayers
CBSNews: Texas drought threatens cattle ranchers' livelihoodFor thousands of Texas ranchers, dry grasslands are forcing them to sell their cattle herds, or go broke trying to feed them
TreeHugger: New Study Traces Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking
ABCNews: Mississippi Flooding: River Cresting, Louisiana Prepares for Rising Waters
WashingtonPost: Impending floodsThe lower Mississippi River is expected to rise to major flood levels this week, threatening several cities along its course
TruthOut: Uranium Mining Threatens Grand Canyon Communities
NewScientist: Fighting ocean acidification the fish tank way
Spiegel: Troubled WatersRaindrops sit on a camera lens along the banks of the Rhine river in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday. The rain shower was brief and provided little relief for the river, which has sunk to its lowest May level in 90 years. The water level was measured at just 1.25 meters in Cologne on Tuesday. Meanwhile llow water levels have caused headaches along one of Europe's most important shipping routes. On Tuesday, carmaker Ford said that its ships couldn't be fully loaded because of concerns over water levels on the river.
America in Decline
BLN: U.S. Government Used COMMUNIST Torture Techniques Specifically Designed to Produce FALSE Confessions
Good: Video: Detroit Student Cries Over "Disgrace" of City's Public Schools
BLN: Get Ready: The Last Pleasant Way To Travel Is About To Be Hell
PBS: 'Last In, First Out' Among Teacher Layoff Policies Under Scrutiny
Slate: War Against the Weak
BLN: Fear-based Terror Alerts to Become Mandatory On Cell Phones
MotherJones: Charles Koch's Assault on Academic Freedom
Koch's charity, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, pledged $1.5 million to Florida State University to fund new hires in the economics department. But as the St. Petersburg Times reported, this was hardly a no-strings-attached gift. Koch representatives had considerable control over the hiring process:FDL: Alan Simpson Doesn’t Like “the Catfood Commission People”
In a testy interview with Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim, the chair of Obama’s deficit commission questioned Grim’s stated facts about Social Security, speculating that Grim’s information came from “the Catfood Commission people.” (It actually came from the Social Security Administration.)RawReplay: Fox News guest says women ‘are asking for sex if they’re dressing immodestly’
MotherJones: Huckabee Adviser: Obama is a Soviet SpyObama's a mole, gays caused Noah's flood, and other hits from one of two Janets that Huck says he "answers to" (the other's his wife).
Food and Water
ActivistPost: How Safe Is Your Food? GMOs, Foodborne Illness and Trade Agreements
ZeroHedge: 12 Month Gain In Imported Food Costs Biggest On Record And Other "Transitory" Observations
Spiegel: Troubled Waters
Raindrops sit on a camera lens along the banks of the Rhine river in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday. The rain shower was brief and provided little relief for the river, which has sunk to its lowest May level in 90 years. The water level was measured at just 1.25 meters in Cologne on Tuesday. Meanwhile llow water levels have caused headaches along one of Europe's most important shipping routes. On Tuesday, carmaker Ford said that its ships couldn't be fully loaded because of concerns over water levels on the river.
Science and Technology
WiredDangerRoom: Military Wants to Read Satellite Info by Playing Dance Dance Revolution
Medical and Health
ABCNews: WATCH: Chinese Twins: One Body, Two Heads
NewScientist: Breastfed babies make better-behaved children
Reuters: Obama administration fights to save healthcare law
Wired: Farm Antibiotics: ‘Pig Staph’ in a Daycare Worker
BusinessInsider: How A Broke Chinese Province Sold Kidnapped Babies To America For Adoption
BusinessInsider: JON STEWART: Royal Decree Against Satire Prevented Daily Show From Using Royal Wedding Footage
TPM: New York Man Puts 'Bomb Making Next Driveway' Sign In Mosque-Adjacent Yard
RawStory: President Obama plans major push for immigration reform, with amnesty possible
WashingtonPost: Second Hasidic newspaper drops Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason
ABCNews: Christians Ignore Female Pornography Addicts, Until Now
TinfoilPalace: The Great Vaccination Contest!!
TinfoilPalace: Vortex? Cyclone? Off the coast of NYC??
TheOilAge: BEEF! What's NOT for dinner.
TheOilAge: Patagonia's lust for energy
Hubberts-Arms: National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC
Hubberts-Arms: Important EU ruling on privacy laws for the rich
SilentCountry: Assange.....WILL be extradited to Sweden
SilentCountry: The McDonald’s Hiring Spree—Why I’m NOT Lovin’ It