Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Breaking News Wed. May 4, 2011

Here's a little something that hit the nail on the head for me this morning, hope you enjoy it. 
Thanks to rj at Global Glass Onion for the links again today! You are a wonder my friend, I don't know how you do it! Good luck and best wishes to everyone in the flood areas around Cairo and along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Be safe.

Bin Laden
Wired: Surveillance, Not Waterboarding, Led to bin Laden
SFGate: Phone call by Kuwaiti courier led to bin Laden
Reuters: Bin Laden not armed during U.S. assault: White House(Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not armed when U.S. special forces stormed his compound in Pakistan but he did resist before he was shot, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
FT: Vital plans found at hideout (What's interesting is that early reports said there was no TV or Internet at the compound)
The US says it has retrieved valuable information about al-Qaeda’s plans from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and is on the alert for a possible revenge attack in response to the death of the extremist leader.
A senior US intelligence official said the assault team that killed bin Laden collected “a large amount” of documents, computers, USB drives and other equipment, and was setting up a taskforce to analyse the cache.
Time: The bin Laden Raid: Pakistan Feels the Heat of U.S. Mistrust
CSMonitor: Were Navy SEALs justified in shooting an unarmed Osama bin Laden?White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Tuesday that Osama bin Laden was unarmed when shot by Navy SEALs. But under the law of war, the Al Qaeda leader was a legitimate military target, say legal experts.
TheAtlantic: Two Minor But Astonishing Aspects of the Bin Laden Story
Spiegel : 'Europeans Find the Ground Zero Celebrations Somewhat Embarrassing'The death of Osama bin Laden has raised important questions about how far a country can go in the desire for revenge. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, German political scientist Herfried Münkler discusses whether democracies can carry out targeted killings and talks about the "unthinking naïveté" of the American celebrations at Ground Zero.
Metro: Osama bin Laden 'was captured alive and then shot dead', claims daughterOsama Bin Laden's daughter has claimed that her father was captured alive and then shot dead by US special forces in the first few minutes of their 40-minute operation at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Mr Carney also disclosed that a woman killed in the raid had not been acting as a human shield, as previously claimed, but was caught in crossfire.
One of bin Laden's wives was, however, shot and wounded when she tried to rush the American troops as they burst into the family's home, he said.
PBS: Gauging Americans' Range of Reactions to Bin Laden's Death
WashingtonPost: Obama to visit Ground Zero Thursday; Bush declines invitation to join  
BusinessInsider: India Had Warned The U.S. That Bin Laden Was Hiding Close To Islamabad 
ActivistPost: US feared Pakistan might 'alert' Bin Laden about raid: CIA 
TheTelegraph: Osama Bin Laden dead: White House backtracks on how bin Laden diedThe White House admitted last night that its initial account of the way Osama bin Laden died at the hands of US forces had been riddled with errors.
MotherJones: Bin Laden Raid Debrief: Shoot First, Bury Questions at Sea Later 
TheTelegraph: Commandos told to kill Osama bin Laden because of fears he was wearing suicide vestUS commandos were told to assume Osama bin Laden was wearing a suicide vest, and must be killed, unless he was naked when they found him, it has emerged.

BLN: Japanese Government Raises ‘Safe’ Radiation Limits So Children Can Legally Attend Schools That Have Been Covered in Fallout from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Global Conflict

Reuters: Syria charges hundreds with "maligning the state"
(Reuters) - Hundreds of Syrians have been charged with "maligning the prestige of the state," a Syrian rights group said, in President Bashar al-Assad's drive to crush pro-democracy protests against his 11-year autocratic rule.
BusinessInsider: Saudi Police Say A Senior Al Qaeda Member Has Turned Himself In
The Saudi Interior Ministry said today that a senior Al Qaeda member on the kingdom's most-wanted list has turned himself in.
Khaled al-Qahtani contacted Saudi security authorities from an undisclosed country and said he wanted to return to Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reports. He has since been reunited with his family and his surrender "will be taken into consideration," the ministry said.

Financial News

Stateline: Low Census counts will cost big cities precious funds

ZeroHedge: As Food Stamp Recipients Hit New Record, 400 Americans Account For 10% Of Capital Gains
DailyBail: Martin Weiss: U.S. Ranks 33rd Out Of 47 Nations For Credit Risk, Earns 'C' Rating (Video) 
ZeroHedge: As The bin Laden News Has Come And Gone, El-Erian Reminds Us What The Real Issues Are
WashingtonPost: Looking to buy property? The federal government has at least 12,000 to choose from 
MotherJones: GOP's Kinder, Gentler Medicaid Gutting  
CNNMoney: 'Should I invest in silver?'
FDL: Warren Seen as Likely Pick for CFPB By Bank Trade Groups
ZeroHedge: Some Rumblings In Inflation Land 
BLN: Biggest Story in Market’ Is US ‘Currency Crash’: CEO “The biggest story in the market is the currency crash right now occuring in the US, I think a lot of people are debating whether it is in fact a currency crash,” Keith McCullough, CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management told CNBC.
ZeroHedge: There’s Stinky Gas Inside Of This Mini-Housing Bubble, You Don’t Want To Be Around When It Pops!Bloomberg: Silver Heads for Biggest Three-Day Drop Since 2008 on Margins; Gold GainsSilver dropped, heading for the biggest three-day fall since October 2008, as increases in Comex margin requirements drove investors away. Gold declined after a report that Soros Fund Management LLC may have cut holdings.
YahooFinance: Silver Volatility Implies Trouble for Stocks: Minyanville’s Harrison
TheEconomist: Forty years of hurt The dollar is at its lowest value in four decades
YahooFinance: Bernanke Is Lying; Bet Against the Fed and the Dollar: Peter Schiff

Peak oil and Energy News
BusinessInsider: Where To Find The Biggest Oil Reserves In The World

BusinessInsider: Saudi Arabia Can't Figure Out If It's Pumping More Oil Or Not 
ClimateProgress: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) denies existence of billions in special oil subsidiesWe have a new kind of denier in DC — an oil subsidy denier.  Think Progress has the amazing story and video.
Good: Gas Too Expensive? The Chevy Volt Gets 1,000 Miles per Tank
NYT: Social Spending in Mideast Speeds Rise of Oil Prices 
“Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. (i.e. Abu Dhabi) are now seeing a rising share of total expenditures accounted for by higher government salaries, subsidies and housing allowances, and payoffs to the religious establishment,” a private report offered to the firm’s clients says. “Today’s high oil prices facilitate the financing of the expansive spending packages that [Saudi] King Abdullah has recently announced to prevent outbreaks of popular unrest within the country."
Bloomberg: Oil Declines in Longest Losing Streak Since March on Stockpiles, U.S. Jobs

Environmental News
NYT: River Level Drops After Blast at Levee

Like other farmers here, he said worries about losing his home were secondary to fears that the floodwaters would wash away the rich topsoil and perhaps bring with it sand, which might ruin the land they have worked for much of their entire lives.
MotherJones: The US Intervention in Cairo (No, Not That One)
To alleviate some of the pressure and save Cairo from being washed out, the Army Corps of Engineers decided the best course of action was to blast a hole in a levee further downstream in Missouri, which would leave 130,000 acres of farmland underwater. After a failed legal challenge by Missouri, the Corps blasted the levee last night, reducing the water level at Cairo by a foot. But that plan of action has, unsurprisingly, stirred some strong feelings. Here's what Missouri State Rep. Steve Tilley, the Republican Speaker of the House, had to say last week:
NASA: Flooding in Wake of Levee Breach
ExtinctionProtocol: World’s population to hit 7 billion people on Halloween
ClimateProgress: New York Times blows the Dust Bowl story
County Commissioner: “There’s no economic growth whatsoever. It’s going to have to be wind energy or we’ll die.”

America in Decline
DangerRoom: Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft

BeforeItsNews: HOLY COW!!! UNREAL Footage of Riot Squad in the Heartland.. 
BLN: TSA, law enforcement to conduct thousands of VIPR missions across U.S. 
ColumbiaJournalismReview: Lucky Duckies Waddle Onto the WSJ News Pages - The Wall Street Journal has a poor story today reporting that “High-Earning Households Pay Growing Share of Taxes.” The paper’s editorial page has long pushed this issue, notoriously referring to folks who pay no income taxes as “lucky duckies.” You know, lucky enough to be so poor that they don’t have to pay taxes. At least we got a comic strip out of that:
NYT: Homeless, but Finding Sanctuary at SchoolORLANDO, Fla. — The bus ride from the homeless shelter to Fern Creek Elementary School was, as usual, raucous. A hundred times, Doretha Brown, the bus driver, had to yell for everyone to sit down. “This noise is what holds us up every morning and evening!” Ms. Brown shouted, although the Collins girls — Brianna, 8; Tamara, 7; and Sydney, 6 — could barely hear her above the din.
TheNewRepublic:Paul Ryan's Moral Barbarism

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: Dakar Agricole 2011: Self-Sufficiency Equals Food Security and Global Trade Implications

wikiHow: How to Smoke Cheese 
BigPictureAgriculture: Vegetable Farming in the U.S. 
BBC: Cuba blends peas and coffee again in cost-saving moveCuba is resuming mixing coffee with roasted peas in a bid to cope with rising international coffee prices, the authorities say. 
wthr: Indiana farmers waiting for rain to stop
FarmandDairy: Planting frustration grows

Science and Technology

UPI: Fingerprint-recognizing phone released

Medical and Health

MSNBC: Pass the shaker: eating less salt doesn't cut heart risks
People with high salt intake are less likely to die of heart disease, study finds
People who ate lots of salt were not more likely to get high blood pressure, and were less likely to die of heart disease than those with a low salt intake, in a new European study
ABCNews: 'Autism Epidemic' Challenged by UK StudyIs autism a growing epidemic or not? Recent reports have suggested that autism is on the rise, but a new study from the U.K. finds that the prevalence of this developmental disorder has remained stable. It may be that doctors are diagnosing it more often in young people -- not that it's actually happening more.

Other News

BusinessInsider: This Week In Florida: An Alligator Bites A Cop Car
Grist: upcycling. Turn a month of trash into a month of treasure 
BeforeItsNews: "Rods from God": A "Top Secret" Space Operation Exposed Before Your Very Eyes The X-37 B: They're tracking the New Madrid Fault Zone!


TinfoilPalace: Red Elk speaks
TinfoilPalace: Cryptologist Decodes NSA's UFO Files
TheOilAge: Humble thyself against father river.
TheOilAge: Urban Location: how to survive in it (1 of 3: on your marks)
Hubberts-Arms: Lessons learned during the Alabama Tornadoes
Hubberts-Arms: Exporting Democracy has led to shortages of it in the US
SilentCountry: Americ's Fate Under Chinese Hegemony 
SilentCountry: Look to the future: humans in 50 years

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