Monday, July 4, 2011

Breaking News July 4, 2011 Happy Independence Day!!!!

Good morning and Happy 4th of July to you!
I hope everyone had a good weekend.
This story here is just...weird! I'm wondering if maybe she saw him in his true reptilian form or something! Check it out. In the pic, she doesn't look particularly scared I don't think.
MetroUK: Prince Albert's bride 'tried to escape three times before royal wedding'
Princess Charlene of Monaco tried to escape to South Africa three times before marrying Prince Albert, it has been reported.
The couple are due to fly to South Africa on honeymoon on this week, presenting Charlene with her best chance yet of escaping Monaco.
And this other story from Fox News.
CDNTurner: Fox News Twitter feed says Obama dead in apparent hack
Oh, wanted to add this one I just now found.
SOTT: US: Holiday weather forecast: Record heat AND snow

I hope that all my friends have a great day today.
Thanks to RJ at Global Glass Onion and check out the Ozarker's blog. She has written about the awful evil and vile anti American creepy nasty TSA.
you can find it...----> Here! Conflicted Doomer!

DesdemonaDespair: TEPCO starts full circulation cooling of reactors
UPI: Fukushima reactor cooling problem fixed
MineWeb: Japan discovers huge rare earth deposits in the Pacific Ocean
Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday.
"The deposits have a heavy concentration of rare earths. Just one square kilometre (0.4 square mile) of deposits will be able to provide one-fifth of the current global annual consumption," said Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo.
 WSJ: Radiation Expert Predicts More Threats 
NDreport: Radioactive debris dilemma unresolved, growing worseNo grand plan; hot spots spread; schools just hide dangerous soil
The government’s master plan to restore the quake-hit region includes moving housing from the coastline to higher ground, creating “eco-towns” that rely on reusable energy and “making Tohoku better than what it was before the disaster.”

Global Conflict
BBC: Egypt: Explosion hits gas pipeline in northern Sinai
A pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Israel and Jordan has been hit by an explosion, officials have said.
Yahoo: Somalia: US took bodies of militants after strike
U.S. military forces landed in Somalia to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants after a U.S. drone strike targeted a group of insurgents, Somalia's defense minister told The Associated Press on Friday.
The operation is at least the second time U.S. troops have landed in Somalia after a targeted strike, though no forces have been stationed there since shortly after the "Black Hawk Down" battle that left 18 Americans dead in 1993.
FT: Economy pivotal in Tunisian transition
1:03 AM  The wave of revolts sweeping across the Arab world started in Tunisia, where unprecedented street demonstrations forced the dictator Ben Ali to flee earlier this year. Mustapha Nabli, the governor of Tunisia's central bank, talks to the FT's Robin Wigglesworth about the challenges the revolution has thrown up, and what course the authorities now intend to take.
LAT: Syrian forces surround rebellious city of Hama
Syrian troops and tanks spark fears of a full-blown assault as they surround the hotbed of opposition to President Bashar Assad's regime. Protests have increased in Hama, a city loaded with political symbolism.
Spiegel: Growth in Arms Exports
Germany Wants to Supply Battle Tanks to Saudi Arabia

SOTT: Israel lobby group outlines dirty tricks against campus Palestine activists
ScientificAmerican: Terrorists Get Better with Practice: 
New Mathematical Model Shows How Fatal Attacks Escalate Over TimeScientists enlist physics, math and evolutionary biology to tackle the seemingly impossible challenge of finding patterns in the chaos of modern war
RawStory: Rebels: If Gaddafi quits, we will let him stay in Libya
Time: Bahrain's Hard Justice: Activists Sentenced to Death and Life
NYT: Pakistani Military Still Cultivates Militant Groups, a Former Fighter Says 
TruthOut: Royalists Attack Peaceful Protesters in Morocco
TheAtlantic: American Boots Hit the Ground in Somalia After Drone Attacks
GulagBound: Aerial Bombing, No Longer an Act of War
Welcome to a whole string of kinetic military actions employed through the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine of the Obama Administration. You know, where aerial bombing of a country is no longer considered an act of war. It’s humanitarian don’tcha know…
BBC: Syria unrest: Arrests in Hama as tanks move into IdlibSyrian troops are raiding houses and arresting people in the central city of Hama, reports say, after massive anti-government protests there on Friday.

BBC: Pakistan: Religious groups condemn US embassy gay event
A group of religious conservatives in Pakistan has condemned a recent event hosted by the US embassy in Islamabad in support of gay rights.

Financial News
Disturbing News indeed. Thanks Ozarker for the link!
Independent: Greece 'will pay for €110bn bailout with its sovereignty'
GREECE received a stark warning yesterday about the cost of the latest bailout in comments which were likely to send a chill down the spines of citizens in other countries that may need further bailouts.
"The sovereignty of Greece will be massively limited," Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker told Germany's 'Focus' magazine in the interview released yesterday. "One cannot be allowed to insult the Greeks. But one has to help them. They have said they are ready to accept expertise from the eurozone," the Luxembourg prime minister added.
SydneyMorningHerald: Global 'train wreck' coming 
LAT: BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle classEvery working American should be dismayed by — and afraid of — what BMW is doing.
Yahoo: Iceland Shows Default Doesn’t Lead to a Deep Freeze 
McClatchy: On Independence Day 2011, we're more dependent than ever
BusinessInsider: Here's What's In Gary Shilling's Huge Guide The Coming Collapse In China
Time: Greece's Youth Brace For an Uncertain Future 
Forbes: Here’s The Legal Complaint WikiLeaks Is Threatening To File Against Visa, MasterCard
NYT: 2 Republicans Say They’re Open to ‘Revenue Raisers’
Two senior Republicans said Sunday that they might be open to raising new government revenue as part of a deal to resolve the dispute over the federal debt ceiling, but the warned that there was little time to enact a comprehensive deal.  
Reuters: Euro zone warns Greeks on sovereignty and privatization
Euro zone finance ministers have approved a 12 billion euro ($17.4 billion) installment of Greece's bailout, but signaled that the nation must expect significant losses of sovereignty and jobs.
GlobeandMail: S&P warns on Greece default
NakedCapitalism: Look What You Can Buy in the Greek Liquidation Sale!
Guardian: Diary of a tenant: landlord intimidation
Having signed up for jobseeker's allowance, our renter is dismayed by the level of available housing benefit. And then her landlord pays an unannounced visit
NYT: Empty Plates for Low-Income Seniors 
TruthOut: Executives' Pay at Big Companies Rose 23 Percent Last Year
SPIEGEL: Interview with Finance Minister Schäuble
'We Can't Allow a Second Lehman Brothers'
ChrisMartenson: The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold And Silver
BusinessInsider: The 10 Countries Whose Odds Of Default Just Jumped The Most
BusinessInsider: 7 Interesting Charts To Get You Ready For The Second Half Of The Year 
GlobeandMail: Greece needs Herculean reforms to secure bailout
Greece is set for an uphill struggle this week launching selloffs and tax system reforms to meet European Union and IMF conditions for bailing it out.  GlobeandMail: Greece needs Herculean reforms to secure bailout
FDL: Greece Survives the Summer, Prognosis for Future Not So Hot
Reuters: Euro zone warns Greeks on sovereignty and privatization
Euro zone finance ministers have approved a 12 billion euro ($17.4 billion) installment of Greece's bailout, but signaled that the nation must expect significant losses of sovereignty and jobs
Grist: How America just lost 1 million green(ish) jobs to EuropeMost underplayed economic story of the week: European aircraft manufacturer Airbus "trounced" the traditional U.S. behemoth Boeing at the Paris Air Show, booking a record $50 billion more in orders for new planes. The reason: commercial plane buyers' demands for high fuel efficiency and low emissions. Here's the Associated Press report on how Airbus racked up a whopping 730 new plane orders compared to a measly 142 for Boeing:
CNNMoney: Stocks face jobs report test 
CNBC: Homeowners Get Break On Mortgage—Without Asking
NYT: We Knew They Got Raises. But This? 
NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data 
LAT: Crystal Cathedral board ousts the Rev. Robert H. SchullerThe pastor is ousted from the board of the O.C. megachurch in a squabble over control of a ministry wracked by financial turmoil.

Peak oil and Energy News
BusinessInsider: The Case For $150 Oil
Forbes: The World Will Never Run Out Of Oil — Might Its Price Tank?While global demand for oil has moved to an all-time high, one long-established theory suggests that oil production (and consumption) might be peaking out.  If this is the case, might its price tank?
Platts: ConocoPhillips, Karoon Gas cleared for Australian drilling campaign 

Platts: Iraqi committee wants oil law in place before any new contracts
UPI: Energy Resources Saudi prince proposes oil war with Iran
DailyMail: Russia to deploy thousands of troops to 'protect the nation's interests' in the Arctic 
Platts PodCast: The Arab Spring and its impact on freight rates and middle distillate demand. Platts exclusive oil podcast   
FinancialPost: Obama and previous presidents failed by ignoring economics in favour of environmental prescriptions of the day
 they lowered highway speed limits, imposed mileage standards, turned down thermostats, subsidized electric and hydrogenfuelled vehicles, and subsidized just about every kind of alternative energy imaginable, from synfuels to nuclear to solar to ethanol to wind.
Just about the only thing they didn't do -and the one thing that just about any successor to Obama will do in spades -is aggressively deregulate oil and gas development, both on and offshore. Today's Republican dream of "Drill, baby, drill" will be tomorrow's universal standard.

Environmental News
ExtinctionProtocol: Indonesia’s Mount Soputan erupts with 6 km ash cloud
News.comAU: At least 11 confirmed dead after Tropical Storm Arlene hits Mexico
AT least 11 people were confirmed dead in Mexico after Tropical Storm Arlene drenched much of the country with heavy rains and left hundreds of thousands homeless, officials said.
CNN: Workers, wildlife rescue crews join Montana oil spill cleanup 
CBSNews: Exxon's Yellowstone oil spill prompts evacuations
PE: INLAND: Radioactive loads will move through area
Several Inland cities have issued permits for the transport on local streets of massive loads of low-level radioactive waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County to a disposal site in the Utah desert, officials said Thursday.

DesdemonaDespair: New Mexico fire encroaches on sacred Native American grounds – ‘This is a fire like we’ve never seen before  
MSNBC: Warming oceans could melt ice faster than expected
Scientists say climate models have to account for previously unnoticed effect
Ice sheets simmering in warmer ocean waters could melt much quicker than realized. New research is suggesting that as oceans heat up they could erode away the ice sheets much faster than warmer air alone, and this interaction needs to be accounted for in climate change models.
Guardian: Biofuels land grab in Kenya's Tana Delta fuels talk of warVillagers vow to resist as wildlife vanishes and they are driven from their land to make way for water-thirsty crops. Kenya's Tana Delta is disappearing and its inhabitants evicted to make way for foreign biofuels.

ABCNews: ExxonMobil Oil Spill: Teams Work to Contain Rupture Under Yellowstone River
DesdemonaDespair: Los Alamos evacuees return to ‘charred and smoldering landscapes’ – Wildlife roving the city for food and shelter
DesdemonaDespair: Water in India’s Goa ‘unfit for bathing’
Indian scientists on Friday said that the water in the holiday resort state of Goa was unfit for bathing and fishing due to high levels of bacteria from untreated sewage.
TimesTranscript: Oceans 'dying very quickly:' sailorDerek Hatfield has always known about the loneliness of the long-distance sailor, but he's never felt as alone as he does these days when racing over the vast, empty expanses of our dying oceans.
TulsaWorld: (hat tip to CollapseNet for this story) Inhofe believes swimming in Grand Lake cause of his illness
Guardian: Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa as 200 killed in six months
Organised crime gangs using assault rifles from helicopters are responsible for surge in rhino deaths, says WWF
NewScientist: Project Nim: A chimp raised like a human
Poor old Carolyn. Six of her previous babies have been taken away from her, and, as this film opens, men are coming to take her seventh. Her son, a chimpanzee named Nim, is two weeks old and is about to be transplanted from his birthplace at a primate research centre in Oklahoma into - wait for it - a large brownstone on the upper west side of Manhattan. There he will live with a human family and be raised as a human child.
Thus begins the stranger than fiction true story that's explored in James March's new documentary, Project Nim.
News.AU: Powerful tsunami on Australian east coast is inevitable - Australian Tsunami Research Centre
KansasCityStar: As Missouri floods, anger spills over at Army Corps

America in Decline
ThinkProgress: Pregnant Women Who Lose Babies Face Criminal Charges In Mississippi, Alabama
This year, the Georgia legislature considered a bill that would require women to prove their miscarriages “occurred naturally” and weren’t secret abortions. In a similar vein, the Guardian reports that states including Mississippi and Alabama are charging dozens of women with murder or other serious crimes who have miscarried or had stillbirths:
A common tactic by prosecutors is singling out a group of women who are unlikely to draw public sympathy — women who may have used drugs while pregnant — to blur the line between abortion and homicide. Rennie Gibbs, for example, was 15 when she became pregnant and lost her baby in a stillbirth. Prosecutors charged her with a “depraved heart murder” after they discovered she had used cocaine, although there was “no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby’s death.” She now faces life in prison in Mississippi. 
LegitGov: Former CIA agent reveals 'torture' methods and secret prison in memoir
TruthOut: The Corrupt Corporate Incarceration Complex 
NYT: Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-in-China Label
ActivistPost: Alert: Over 52 NOTAM (No-Fly Zones) Issued over U.S. In last 28 days (Video)

TruthOut: US Widens Inquiries Into Two Jail Deaths
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it was opening a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two terrorism suspects in CIA custody overseas, but it was closing inquiries into the treatment of nearly 100 other detainees over the last decade.
Salon: Torture crimes officially, permanently shielded
In August, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder -- under continuous, aggressive prodding by the Obama White House -- announced that three categories of individuals responsible for Bush-era torture crimes would be fully immunized from any form of criminal investigation and prosecution:  (1) Bush officials who ordered the torture (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld); (2) Bush lawyers who legally approved it (Yoo, Bybee, Levin), and (3) those in the CIA and the military who tortured within the confines of the permission slips they were given by those officials and lawyers (i.e., "good-faith" torturers).  The one exception to this sweeping immunity was that low-level CIA agents and servicemembers who went so far beyond the torture permission slips as to basically commit brutal, unauthorized murder would be subject to a "preliminary review" to determine if a full investigation was warranted -- in other words, the Abu Ghraib model of justice was being applied, where only low-ranking scapegoats would be subject to possible punishment while high-level officials would be protected.

Food and Water
PermacultureUK: Save Water: collect free water for the garden with a Water Two Greywater Diverter
Running out of rain water in your water butt? Looking for a greywater harvesting system for the garden? Here's John Adam's review of the Water Two Greywater Diverter Valve from Permaculture Magazine No.49 back in 2006 following a previous very dry start to the year.
Bloomberg: Global Agriculture Supply Worsening May Spur Food Shortages, Rogers Says
IndependentUK: Britain's rivers 'being ruined by demands of water companies'
Study says extraction causing harm, but warns cost of remedy may be passed to consumers
Caing: China's Thirsty Problem
Recent droughts and floods in China have highlighted the country's urgent water needs. But critics say Beijing's moves to address the problem quickly, could make matters worse. Cheng Lei takes a closer look in our Sustainable Solutions segment

Science and Technology
TechReview: A Smarter, Stealthier Botnet
The "most technologically sophisticated" malware uses clever communications tricks and encryption to avoid disruption.
Forbes: Anonymous Launches A WikiLeaks For Hackers: HackerLeaks 
GreeenMediaInfo: Genetically modified mosquitos are being developed to create 'flying vaccinators.'

Medical and Health
ScientificAmerican: New Report Details Uphill Battle to Solve the U.S.'s Pain Problem
The Institute of Medicine reveals a "blueprint" for relieving Americans' pervasive chronic pain
KurzweilAI: How your memories can be twisted under social pressure
Listen up, Facebook and Twitter groupies: how easily can social pressure affect your memory?
Very easily, researchers at the Weizmann Institute and University College London have proved, and they think they even know what part of the brain is responsible.
NewScientist: Software saves IVF mothers from twin trouble
One embryo or two? A woman receiving IVF therapy can boost their chances of conceiving if two are transferred to her womb. But she may then also be more likely to have twins – and such children are at more risk of health problems. A new model could help solve the dilemma by weighing each woman's probability of having twins against the likelihood of conceiving through IVF.
CNN: Why you should love germs
It's understandable that parents want to keep their children's environments clean, especially when kids are young. Moms wash bottles in hot water, clean pacifiers that fall on the ground and take dirty things out of their kids' mouths.
But overall, when it comes to germs, most people have it backward: With relatively few exceptions, they are good for our kids. 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
MotherEarthNews: Introducing Permaculture
MNN: 5 summer salad recipes
MNN: 6 edible invasive species recipes
DoomerinCanada: Could You Survive in a Canadian Wilderness? 

Other News
CNN: Caged and doomed, boy leaves sad account of his life
BusinessInsider: FOX News Hacked, Says President Obama Shot And Killed
BBC: Ronald Reagan statue unveiled at US Embassy in London
A statue of former US President Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at a ceremony outside the American embassy in central London.
Salon: I dream of weenie: My life as a female competitive eater
I'd always wanted to compete in Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Now, I was finally ready -- but was my stomach?
Guardian: What a drag … Iceland considers prescription-only cigarettes
Tobacco bill proposes outlawing sales, with only doctors allowed to prescribe cigarettes to addicts unable to kick habit
Reuters: Investigators turn to final vault at Indian treasure temple
Investigators plan to pry open the final vault hidden deep under a centuries-old Indian Hindu temple as police guarded round the clock the shrine where billions of dollars worth of treasure has been discovered.
Guardian: Yingluck Shinawatra to become Thailand's first female prime minister - videoPuea Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, is to form a coalition government after incumbent Democrat PM Abhisit Vejjajiva concedes defeat in the general election
LegitGov: Secret Service visits CLG member, asks about Seize DC
AmnestyUSA: 35 Years Of Death Penalty RegretsThirty-five years ago, on July 2, 1976, on the eve of massive bicentennial celebrations, the U.S. Supreme Court in Gregg v. Georgia voted 7-2 to re-instate capital punishment.  There had been no executions in the U.S. since 1967.
The U.S. could have been a leader in the subsequent worldwide trend toward death penalty abolition; instead the U.S. has become an outlier along with a minority of other countries (like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia) that still kill prisoners.

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:NASA Suing Former Astronaut
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TheOilAge:Not near enough
TheOilAge:Egyptian military's new bloody crackdown
Hubberts-Arms:Hotel guest covers room in feces with big cats
Hubberts-Arms:Will Thailand's first female PM deliver stability?
SilentCountry:Go to first new post McDonald's vegetable oil used for fuel 
SilentCountry:Fox News hacker tweets Obama dead

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