Monday, June 20, 2011

Breaking News Mon. June 20, 2011

Let's get the week started out with a story sent by RJ, that is so mind bogglingly stupid, it deserves it's own special place.
RawStory: Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning
A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday.

and when you get done with that one, check this out. A pretty interesting list to say the least.
AmericanDream: 12 Things That The Mainstream Media Is Being Strangely Quiet About Right Now
Oh, and this little gem from the Ozarker! Eewww Yuck, just doesn't quite cover it! LOL
YahooNews: Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces
Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.
What can you say?

Thanks to RJ at Global Glass Onion and Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for the links today. Make sure to check out RJ's weekly roundup of financial news posted on Friday, and Ozarker has a new article up called "The American Consumer." 
Make sure to stop by the forums linked at the bottom of the post and join in the discussions! New folks are always welcome!

Reuters: Japan May export drop stirs worry on overseas demand
DesdemonaDespair: Improvised Fukushima water decontamination system fails at first ‘skid’According to TEPCO's handout for the press for June 18, TEPCO stopped the entire water processing system manually when the surface radiation at the "skid" for removing oil and technetium exceeded 4 millisievert/hour, the limit set for replacing the zeolite cylinders (which TEPCO calls "vessel") inside the skid.
BusinessInsider: Japan Expands The Fukushima Evacuation Zone Even Further -- After 98 Days Of Radiation Exposure

Global Conflict
Reuters: Syrian forces prevent refugees fleeing to Turkey
Syrian forces swept through a northwestern border region Sunday to stem an exodus of refugees to Turkey that is raising international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses and a rights activist said.
Bloomberg: Bomb Threat on US Airways Flight to Washington Sparks Probe (1)
BBC: Brazil police occupy Rio favela in World Cup operation
Brazilian security forces have occupied one of Rio de Janeiro's biggest slums as part of a major crackdown ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
ActivistPost: Eisenhower's worst fears came true. 
We invent enemies to buy the bombs Britain faces no serious threat, yet keeps waging war. While big defence exists, glory-hungry politicians will use it
ModernSurvivalBlog: Hypothetical Israeli Attack on Iran 
Guardian: UNHCR report says refugee numbers at 15-year highUN refugee agency's report reveals majority of forcibly displaced people are in countries that cannot cope with the influx
Bloomberg: Assad Calls for Dialogue, Says Syria Unrest Sparked From Abroad
Guardian: Arabs demand new freedoms but the west offers old economic blueprint
Western powers are pushing their economic blueprint for north Africa without asking Egyptians and Tunisians what they want for themselves
PostGazette: Suspicions Rise as Pakistan Bomb Labs Empty Before Raids
LAT: U.S.-Saudi rivalry intensifies
The quest for greater influence includes a tug of war over Jordan, just one example of the contest between the longtime allies split over the democracy uprisings sweeping the region.
Guardian: Morocco's king bows to pressure and allows reform
Mohamed VI rewrites constitution and gives elected politicians greater power after biggest protests in decades

Hack Attacks
Reuters: Sega says 1.3 million users affected by cyber attack
CNN: CIA, Senate hackers gleefully promise more

Financial News
ZeroHedge: Gold Rises To New Record In GBP - Close to Near Record Highs In Euros And Most Currencies On Global Debt Contagion Risk 
Bloomberg: Faster Inflation Causes ‘Trade Down’ to McDonald’s, Wal-Mart  
BusinessInsider: Chinese Just Tweaked A Tax Law That Will Unleash Its Super Rich 
WashingtonPost: With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America
Bloomberg: Why the rich want to get richer

AFLCIO: New Yorkers March for Middle Class 
MarketWatch: Fed set to cut growth forecast during meeting 
CSMonitor: Michele Bachmann would knock 20,000 millionaires off tax rollsMichele Bachmann wants to get rid of taxes on capital gains, which would take certain millionaires off of income tax rolls
CNN: Greece prepares to sell off state assets to get loans
MSNBC: Analysis: In Greece, it's all about 'solidarity'
New proposed tax has beleaguered citizens saying 'enough is enough'
NYT: Political turmoil, financial markets in vicious cycle
Greek protests highlight rising tide of voter anger across Europe
Telegraph:UK banks abandon eurozone over Greek default fears
UK banks have pulled billions of pounds of funding from the eurozone as fears grow about the impact of a “Lehman-style” event connected to a Greek default.
NYT: Many Cities Face a Long Wait for Jobs to Return 
McClatchy: Home equity loan losses pile up for Bank of America 
CEPR: The Post Discovers Inequality
NakedCapitalism: Another Layer of the Mortgage Mess: “Zombie Notes”

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: Solar storms, EMP and the future of the grid
Platts: At the Wellhead: Azerbaijan's gas plans are ambitious

Environmental News
DailyMail: The day the river boiled: Chilean volcanic eruption turns waterway into a steaming torrent
ExtinctionProtocol: Indonesia’s Mount Batur’s volcanic lake changes color- thousands of fish dieAn unusual natural phenomenon is causing concern for communities living around the edge of Bali’s Lake Batur at Kintamani. On Sunday, June 19, 2011, the waters of the lake that sits in a volcanioc crater suddenly changed colors to a whitish-blue shade followed by the sudden death of thousands of fish (tilapia) living in the lake.
Reuters: Nebraska nuclear reactor dry though surrounded by flood
The Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Nebraska remains shut down due to Missouri River flooding, but the plant itself has not flooded and is expected to remain safe, the federal government said Friday.
ClimatePsychology: La Nina Gone a Foot of Rain in Iowa
ABC12: Winds to challenge crews battling AZ, NM wildfires
Reuters: High winds pose problems in fight against Southwest wildfires
KansasCityStar: Overtopped levees prompt evacuations in Atchison and Holt counties
UniverseToday: The longest day – Summer Solstice 21st June 2011
DesdemonaDespair: Planting forests won’t stop global warming

CNN: 175 killed from China floods; more than 1.6 million evacuated
FarmWars: Wildlife Refuges to be Planted with GMOs
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find animals that haven’t been force-fed GMO grain. To top it all off, even Alfalfa, which is a staple cattle feed in America, will be genetically engineered thanks to Land  O’ Lakes, Forage Genetics and Monsanto. But that isn’t enough for this administration. Now they are going after wildlife too.
ExtinctionProtocol: Saudis dismiss U.S. concerns about future volcanic eruptions in the country
The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) has ruled out the possibility of any volcanic or seismic activity in the Kingdom during the next two years, refuting predictions made by the US Geological Survey (USGS).
WOWTNews: Cooper Nuclear Station On Lowest Warning LevelFlooding precaution at southeast Nebraska plant along river
As the Missouri River rises, the Nebraska Public Power District declared a Notification of Unusual Event Sunday for the Cooper Nuclear Station located three miles southeast of Brownville, Nebraska along the riverfront.
Action3News: Levee About to Break Near Brownville Levees face unprecedented test
Chron: Wildfires rage in East TexasBlaze in Trinity, Polk counties described as one of largest ever

America in Decline
CNN: Headed to the beach? Heads up for an invasion force"Exercise Mailed Fist is the first exercise of its specific kind and the largest 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing exercise conducted in recent history," said Staff Sgt. Roman J. Yurek, Marine Corps spokesman. "In the past, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing units had to deploy to the West Coast to conduct this type of training."
BlackListedNews: TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year Americans must to decide if, in the name of homeland security, they are willing to allow TSA operatives to storm public places in their communities with no warning, pat them down, and search their bags.  And they better decide quickly.
CSMonitor: Air conditioning theft? South Carolina passes new law.Air conditioning units and farm irrigation systems are being targeted by thieves for their copper. South Carolina governor signs new law that prohibits recyclers from buying copper for cash.
Forbes: Monster Billionaire Mansions 
(the above and the following story should be considered together. )
SLTrib: Watch your step in Salt Lake County’s tent towns
Lowell Bodily’s first piece of advice for visiting Salt Lake County’s hidden but abundant tent towns is to look down.
"Watch where you step because you might be sorry if you don’t — a lot of human feces."
Later on the tour, he will point out the faded 2-liter Pepsi bottle full of a murky liquid in a pile of garbage left by long-gone transients: "That bottle there, that’s not soda pop. That’s urine."
TruthOut: Justices Have Been Forced to Resign for Doing What Clarence Thomas Has Done
Reuters: Wal-Mart wins Supreme Court sex-bias case rulingThe Supreme Court on Monday ruled for Wal-Mart Stores Inc in the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit ever, overturning a decision that gave class-action status for female employees seeking billions of dollars.
WashingtonPost/Bloomberg: Wonkbook: Is Obama secretly the greatest Republican ever?
UPI: GPS tracking without a warrantThe Obama administration, in a case firmly rooted in the 21st century, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that police do not need a warrant to use the Global Positioning System to track the movements of suspects.
CorrenteWire: Three words: Predator Drones. Domestically.

Food and Water
Good: Feast Your Eyes: 16 Cents of Each Dollar You Spend on Food Goes to the Farm. What Happens to the Rest?

Medical and Health
M&C: Germany discovers first human transfer in E coli outbreak
M&C: Deadly new strain of scarlet fever threatens children in Hong Kong 
TheEconomist: A shot in the armThe world’s market for vaccines is being turned upside down 
Reuters: Scientists develop new approach for cancer vaccineScientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer.
CollegeOfMedecine: Learn Sarver Heart Center's Continuous Chest Compression CPR

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
BigPictureAgriculture: Thirty Cattle Breeds Described
ModernSurvivalOnline: Video of the Week: YES!!!……Survival Dental Floss

Other News
FarmWars: Monsanto, Agent Orange, and Population Reduction Warfare
Monsanto: This is the company that the FDA lets do its own Environmental Impact Statements and is allowed to submit GMOs as GRAS, or generally recognized as safe, without investigation. The company that is killing people on an unprecedented scale due to falsified studies on Agent Orange HAS A MONOPOLY ON OUR FOOD SUPPLY. Do you still think our government is not engaged in population reduction warfare against its own citizens?
NYT: Get Radical: Raise Social Security
AS a labor lawyer I cringe when Democrats talk of “saving” Social Security. We should not “save” it but raise it. Right now Social Security pays out 39 percent of the average worker’s preretirement earnings. While jaws may drop inside the Beltway, we could raise that to 50 percent. We’d still be near the bottom of the league of the world’s richest countries — but at least it would be a basement with some food and air. We have elderly people living on less than $10,000 a year. Is that what Democrats want to “save”?
Telegraph: Barack Obama impersonator hauled offstage at Republican gathering
A comedian impersonating Barack Obama at a gathering of Republican activists was ushered offstage after making series of racially tinged jokes about the president's biracial background
SOTT: US: 'Bizarre' Former Marine Gets Life in Prison for Killing Girlfriend's 2-YEAR-OLD Daughter With 'Ultimate Wrestling Moves'
MSNBC: 'Armed and extremely dangerous' ex-militia leader hunted after Mont. shootout
David Burgert, a former Marine, previously told police 'he wasn't going to be taken down'
UPI: McCain: Mexicans behind Arizona fires
llegal immigrants from Mexico are responsible for starting some of the huge wildfires in Arizona, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., alleges.
At a Phoenix news conference, the right-wing senator claimed illegal immigrants light fires in the wilderness for warmth, to send signals and to distract border agents, CNN said.
NewYorkPost: Got his 'mined' in the gutter'Prospector' scours sidewalks for precious bits
BusinessInsider: Here's How Liars Give Themselves Away
SeattleTimes: Obama's Puerto Rico visit spurs anger, discontent 
McClatchy: Catholic diocese challenges award to abused altar boy

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:ANONYMOUS Calls Out Ben Bernake and the Banksters
TinfoilPalace:Solar Threat: We’ll Have Minutes to Respond; Government Plans Controlled Blackouts; Elite Contingency Plans
TheOilAge:Condemning report of US nuclear regulation 
TheOilAge:Fukushima livelink
Hubberts-Arms:Guess What, Seniors? The AARP Just Threw You Under the Bus
Hubberts-Arms:Barack Obama’s White House Rural Council
SilentCountry:World's oceans in 'shocking' decline
SilentCountry:8 million gallons of piss

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