Monday, July 11, 2011

Breaking News Mon. July 11, 2011

Hotter 'n Hell in Pamland today!
saw this on that emergency website.
RSOE: Scorching heat could prove dangerous today and Tuesday with heat indexes as high as 110 degrees in Middle Tennessee. The near-record temperatures can put anyone at risk for dehydration or heat exhaustion, but the elderly, the young and the obese are especially at risk. With the high forecast at 99 degrees - after Sunday’s high of 96 - today could be the hottest day yet in 2011.

Nashville and the surrounding counties are under a heat advisory from noon today through 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Clarksville and the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee are under a heat warning, meaning the heat index is likely to exceed 110. “Certainly you want to drink plenty of liquids and stay in a cool place, stay indoors - common-sense rules,” said Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville. Today’s heat won’t break records, but it does follow some of Nashville’s hottest stretches. The first 11 days of June were the second hottest on record, and last summer was the third hottest. The hottest temperature ever in Nashville: 107 on July 27 and 28, 1952. That year was the hottest summer the city has seen.

On Saturday and Sunday, at least 10 people visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center with heat-related conditions. Larry Stack, an emergency physician there, said it’s key to increase fluid consumption. He recommends at least a quart of fluids per hour for the average person, including water and diluted sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. Warning signs for dehydration and heat exhaustion include lightheadedness, general weakness, abdominal pain, nausea and extremely dark urine, he said. Today’s heat is caused by an upper level high moving into the region. As the air falls, it warms, and with little to no wind forecast, it sits stagnant. No air quality alerts had been issued by the state as of Sunday evening.

Yikes! no playing out in the yard for me today. I'm hunkerin' down till cooler temps come back.

rj sent this yesterday and it's really cool. Check it out.
NakedCapitalism: “A Dramatic Demonstration of the Power of Mental Frames”
This demonstration by Simon Singh is an intriguing little exercise of sorts. Hat tip Richard Smith:
when i tried this, I had the laptop sitting on a table and couldn't see the words he had written down. It made a big difference. don't want to spoil it for you.
Be sure to stop by RJ's Global Glass Onion site and say hello and check out the always thought provoking work of the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer.
Thanks you two for help and kindness. Hugs to both you guys! :D <----that's my grinny face.
To everyone in the current heat wave, try and stay cool! See you guys tomorrow!

CNN: Major earthquake strikes off the northern coast of Japan

DesdemonaDespair: Radioactive cesium contamination found in Japan cattle and tea
UPI: Fukushima cleanup may take decades
TOKYO, July 9 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan predicted Saturday that decades from now Japan will still be struggling with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
SydneyMorningHerald: Tsunami returns to damaged Japanese coast
A SMALL tsunami reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan yesterday after a strong quake hit the region heavily damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
StarTribune: Arab, Israeli youth embrace peace online

Global Conflict
ZeroHedge: Picture Of Protesters Assaulting US Embassy In Damascus

Hosted: Protesters in Syria attack US embassy 
GlobeAndMail: Syrian protesters attack US embassy in Damascus  
GlobeandMail: U.S. suspends $800-million in aid to Pakistan: White House 
CNN: Protesters, police clash in South Korea
Thousands of protesters clashed with the police Sunday in the South Korean coastal city of Busan in a demonstration against layoffs at one of the country's shipbuilding companies. 
SOTT: Zionist Crime Against Humanity...Instilled Memory
SOTT: Ten Decapitated Bodies Found in Torreon, Mexico
TheTelegraph: US halting millions in military aid for Pakistan
The United States is halting hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid for Pakistan, a key ally in the fight against Islamic terrorism, amid the bitter fall-out from the unauthorised raid to kill Osama bin Laden in May.
LAT: Panetta: Iranian weapons used to attack Americans in Iraq
Weapons supplies from Iran have 'really hurt us' in Iraq, says Defense's Leon Panetta. The U.S. may be pushing Iraqi leader Nouri Maliki to request that some U.S. troops remain after the withdrawal deadline.
LAT: Panetta: Iranian weapons used to attack Americans in Iraq
Weapons supplies from Iran have 'really hurt us' in Iraq, says Defense's Leon Panetta. The U.S. may be pushing Iraqi leader Nouri Maliki to request that some U.S. troops remain after the withdrawal deadline.
MaxKeiser: ‘Blood for oil’ Blair schtoops for necrophiliac Murdoch
Telegraph: USA urges Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh to go
A top aide to President Barack Obama met Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's convalescing leader, in Riyadh on Sunday and urged him to sign a power transfer deal, reviving a Gulf peace plan for the impoverished state.
SeattlePI: Rockets hit Baghdad during visit by Pentagon chief
LAT: Panetta says U.S. is 'within reach' of defeating Al Qaeda
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says intelligence uncovered in the Bin Laden raid showed that U.S. operations have left the terrorist network with only 10 to 20 remaining key operatives.

Financial News
NYT: Sheila Bair’s Bank Shot
NakedCapitalism: Did Sheila Bair Save the US From Complete Financial Meltdown? 
BusinessInsider: Sheila Bair's Description Of How Banks Handle Foreclosures Is A Homeowner's Worst Nightmare 
BusinessInsider: Italy Getting Uglier: Main Index Down Nearly 3%, As Short-Term Yields Explode 
BusinessInsider: Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal May Take Down Head Of WSJ
Pimco: Keep a Close Eye on Italy
Bloomberg: View: 18-Wheeled Victory for Mexico and America
Last week’s resolution of a long- simmering dispute between the U.S. and Mexico over long-haul, cross-border trucking represents a milestone in the economic integration of North America.
By itself, the trucking deal, a three-year pilot program, is a modest gain for free trade. But it brings the North American Free Trade Agreement to a satisfying, if tardy, conclusion at a time when ratification of other trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea is delayed in Congress.
WSJ: Dollar Stores Find Splurges Drying Up
Sales and profit growth have started to slump at the deep-discount retailers called dollar stores, after a robust performance during the recession, a sign that even fairly cheap toys and other small indulgences now are a stretch for some consumers.

DailyBail: Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%
ZeroHedge: Jim O'Neill Is Angry At Reality For Destroying His Kool-Aid Inspired Delirium
BusinessInsider: Get To Sleep Early, You've Got A Big Exhausting Week Ahead
DeclineoftheEmpire: This Time Really Is Different
As the economy goes down the drain, those who want to believe that America's problems are temporary face an unsolvable dilemma: how do you spin this ongoing disaster in such a way as to maintain your delusions about the future greatness of the United States?
CNNMoney: Debt ceiling: Slow grind
Bye-bye big debt ceiling deal. Hello, 11th hour brinksmanship.
BusinessInsider: The 15 Stocks That Everyone Is Shorting Like Crazy
MyBudget360: Working for less
Aggregate hours worked in U.S. economy from all workers moves back to February 1999 levels. 25 million Americans out of work or looking for full-time work as middle class continues to shrink.

BlackListedNews: Rampant Unemployment = The Death Of The Middle Class
NYT: Boehner Scales Back Deficit Talks, Citing Tax Increases
ZeroHedge via BlackListedNews: US Taxpayers Just Paid $780 Million To Fund The Latest 
Krugman: Fall of Rome?
I’ve been relatively sanguine about Italy, in a depressed sort of way: the debt level is high, but the deficits have been fairly modest, so I thought the Italians could limp along for a long time. 

Guardian: Italian bailout fears grow as bond yields soar
• Italian 10-year bond yields hit 5.4%
• Euro drops on fears of another bailout
• Eurozone finance ministers meet over crisis Greece Bailout Tranche
DailyBail: True Cost Of The Wall Street Bailout - PBS VIDEO
NYT: Economy Faces a Jolt as Benefit Checks Run Out
SHTFPlan: The Dollar Collapse Will be the Single Largest Event in Human History
EconomistsView: Fall Into the Gap Forever?
Here are three graphs showing the gaps in output, consumption, and employment that have opened up since the recession:
RawStory: Softer pot laws saved Philadelphia $2 million in 2010
Bloomberg: Slow Growth Leaves China’s Wen With Few Options
TheTelegraph: Italy and Spain must pray for a miracle
Once again Europe's debt crisis has metastasized, and once again the financial authorities face systemic contagion unless they take immediate and dramatic action.
RollCall: Republicans Force a Scramble for Plan B 
Forbes: Toyota Blazes Trails Into India With $9K Car, Stock Drives To $94
Cryptogon: Large Banks Responsible for Mortgage Disaster Might Be Able to Buy Immunity for $30 Billion 
BusinessInsider: Pay Attention: Markets Are A Total Wreck Right Now
A quick update on the total wreck in markets right now:
    Italian stocks are off 3.4%.
    Short-term Italian yields are going berserk.
    Spanish stocks are off 2.8%.
    2-year yields: Same mess.
    Shares of Deutsche Bank are down 2.7%.
    Dow futures are off 130.
    Gold is surging to near an alltime record.
BusinessInsider: The Road To Perdition Or The Road To Gentrification?
CNNMoney: Stocks sink on debt crisis worries 
MSNBC: Economy faces a jolt as benefit checks run outAs programs are trimmed, reduced consumer spending could slow recovery 
Post-Gazette: Obama Leans on G.O.P. for a Deal on Debt Ceiling
NYT: Cautionary Lessons From State’s Shutdown

Peak oil and Energy News
Guardian: Tony Hayward in talks to buy Iraqi oil fields

Vallares investment vehicle launched by Tony Hayward and Nat Rothschild is discussing a possible takeover of Genel Enerji
CrashWatcher: The relationship between hunger and petroleum consumption-Part 3
Parts 1 and 2 looked at the relationship between the global hunger index (GHI) and per capita petroleum consumption.  Here in part 3, I describe the relationship between per capita petroleum consumption and another potential indicator of hunger—body mass index (BMI).
TheOilDrum: Countdown to $100 oil - a date with history?
On two past occasions, the average annual oil price has hit $100 per barrel and this has been followed by recession. At time of writing (7th July) the annual average for Brent was $95.4, on course to breach $100 some time in September. Will history repeat itself? Or has the global economy grown immune to high energy prices?
WSJ: Canada Has Plenty of Oil, but Does the U.S. Want It?
EDMONTON, Alberta—In a 21st-century oil boom, this sparsely populated Canadian province has become one of the world's newest petroleum powerhouses. Foreign investors are piling in, and Alberta plans to double production over the next decade.
The problem is that the U.S.—the biggest consumer of Alberta petroleum—may not want the additional oil.

MineWeb: Tungsten miner Malaga bets metal price not yet maxed out

One of the relatively few tungsten miners outside China - Malaga - is bullish on the prospects for the price of tungsten this year, as it moves to increase throughput at its Pasto Bueno mine in Peru.
MineWeb: Gold and silver as money - reasons and relevance today Why is gold - and perhaps to a lesser extent silver - considered as money? Ronald Stoeferle examines the historical reasons and why they are still just as valid today.
ScientificAmerican: Experts Skeptical about Potential of Rare-Earth Elements in Seafloor Mud
A newly discovered reservoir of rare earths, which are needed for high-tech, automotive and renewable energy applications, may remain on the ocean floor for some time
TechReview: Exploiting China's Coal While It's Still Underground
Turning coal seams into underground gasification chambers could cut costs and pollution—if done right.
MineWeb: $1850 gold still possible this year; don't rule out $10000 long term - Hommelberg
Eric Hommelberg has called a few in his day. In 2009, he predicted gold to reach $1300 the following year - and it did. But $1850 gold by the end of this year? Gold Report interview.
MineWeb: China copper imports up 10% in May on more attractive pricing
Chinese copper imports rose in May, but other commodity imports fell as monetary tightening began to take effect
MaxKeiser: Got Gold?
Reuters: Hurdles abound in global recovery
A dismal U.S. jobs report. A European debt crisis for which there is no quick fix. Slowing growth in China.
WashingtonPost: The GOP’s evolving case against taxes

Environmental News
UPI: Energy Resources: BP says post-spill economy in south OK

There are few cases in which there is justification for future compensation claims related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, British energy company BP said.
GlobeandMail: Reducing the risk of climate catastrophe
IBTimes: Millions of jellyfish invade nuclear reactors in Japan and Israel (PHOTOS)
ExtinctionProtocol: Warming oceans causing mass migration of marine species
Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists. In the Arctic, melting sea ice during recent summers has allowed a passage to open up from the Pacific ocean into the North Atlantic, allowing plankton, fish and even whales to into the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific.
StJoeChannel: Flood Victims Opt for Tents Instead of a Shelter 
EnergyCollective: Review: A Sea in Flames by Carl Safina
DesdemonaDespair: Mysterious seaweed dump chokes Sierra Leone coastline
BusinessINsider: The 10 Most Crowded Islands On Earth
ExtinctionProtocol: Record temperatures seen as heat wave plagues 15 U.S. states

America in Decline
NakedCapitalism: The Moneysburg Address

Remarks rumored to have been delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia at an Opus Dei gathering on July 4, 2011 
Mike Whitney: Supreme Court Justice Scalia is member of this blood-letting flagellation secret society  
NewCivilRightsMovement: Religious Leader Shoots 4 Year Old Boy To Death Because He Might Be Gay
A religious leader in North Carolina shot to death his four-​year old step son because he thought the boy, Jadon Higganbothan, might be gay. The man, Peter Lucas Moses, 27, who also shot to death a 28-​year old woman, may face the death penalty.
BlackListedNews: The “War On Drugs” Is A $2.5 Trillion Racket: How Big Banks, Private Military Companies And The Prison Industry Cash In 
ActivistPost: Uncle Sam: The Godfather Of Terrorism And Taxable Vices 
RT: Nevada skinheads on the hunt for Native Americans
Johnny Bonta was pumping gas at a Quick Stop in Fernley, Nevada when he says a group of skinheads pulled alongside him, waved a baseball bat and tried to pick a fight. “Let’s do this,” Bonta says one of them yelled.
Bonta, a Native American of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, got back in his car with his family and took off.
Up the road, he says, the blue car swerved in front of him, slammed on the brakes and deliberately caused a crash.
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” his wife Lisa tells the Indian Country Today Media Network.

WinBeta: PayPal Predicts The End of the Wallet By 2015
As new technology emerges, one can safely assume that the days of carrying a wallet will soon end. In fact, PayPal believes that by the year 2015, no one will be carrying a wallet anymore. Instead, mobile payment methods will be taking over.
Cryptogon: Blackwater’s New Director: Bill Clinton’s Lawyer
Blackwater’s rebranding continues at a torrid pace. Danger Room has learned the latest Washington greybeard hired to spruce up the image of the world’s most infamous private security firm is Jack Quinn, a top Washington lobbyist and former White House counsel to President Bill Clinton.
MotherJones: Philly Sacrifices 26 School Kitchens to the Austerity Gods
Aljazeera: Reagan mythology is leading US off a cliff
During Reagan's presidency, the US went from a creditor to debtor nation and marked a take-off for financial inequality.
TransitionVoice: Transition Voice: Evil geniuses eat you for breakfast

Food and Water
Cryptogon: Automatic Butcherbot Debones 1,500 Whole Chickens Per Hour
AGWeb: Good Yields Needed to Achieve Predicted Corn Crop

Science and Technology

BusinessInsider: End of NASA era commemorated in Carl Sagan remix video

PopSci: Hordes of Animal-Inspired Machines Lead to New Robotic Phylogenesis
SOTT: Cape doctor says he's not leading survivalist group and has been harassed by believers in 'Planet X'
Dr. Byron Glenn of Cape Girardeau says he wants nothing to do with the people he sees as online crackpots trumpeting a "conspiracy wrapped in an enigma." 
TechReview: How Google+ Will Balkanize Your Social Life
For many, the new service offers the chance to press "reset on Facebook."
TechReview: Picking up Signals from Television Viewers
Bluefin Labs aims to measure the connections between social media and television shows.
Bluefin Labs wants to know not how many people are watching a TV show, but what they're saying about it. This week, the company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, launched its first product: Bluefin Signals, a tool for monitoring and analyzing audience reaction to TV shows, which it collects by simultaneously monitoring television and social media feeds.
Way Cool! I want one!
PopSci: Tinkerer Emulates Iron Man With Real-Life, Palm-Mounted Laser Weapon

Medical and Health
Reuters: Connecticut becomes first state to mandate paid sick time
Connecticut became the first state in the nation this month to mandate paid sick days for workers, a move advocates say could be a catalyst for similar campaigns in 20 other cities and states considering such a benefit.
M&C: Medical insurance scheme planned in Hong Kong but not before 2015
M&C: Recognising the symptoms of appendicitis
TechReview: Injecting Stem Cells into the Heart Could Stop Chronic Chest Pain
Early research suggests that the treatment works by promoting blood vessel growth.
NewScientist: Psychologist: Why we screw up when the heat is on
RawStory: Does too little sleep lead to weight gain?

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
MyFox: Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

DoomerinCanada: Honey Bacon
ModernSurvivalOnline: Stretching money in a tough economy
ACloserLook: Stop the Prosecution of the Bass Family for Growing Veggies
I thought some of you might be interested in this.
Youtube: Full Book - The Art of War (Chapters 1-13) by Sun Tzu 

Other News
TPM: Poll: Bachmann Now Leading In Iowa  

BoingBoing: Half of US social program recipients believe they "have not used a government social program"
Guardian: News of the World staff stow parting barbs in final edition's crosswords
Jibes against Rebekah Brooks survive her alleged order to comb the final edition for hidden messages
CNN: Ex-director of Illinois cemetery sentenced in burial scheme
Guardian: News of the World: Prince Charles and Camilla warned over phone hacking
Palace confirms police recently approached couple to warn them they were likely targets of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire
Guardian: Republicans defend 'personal liberty' in battle to ban energy-saving lightbulbs
New breed of conservatives cast the promotion of efficient lights as an example of government interference
BlackListedNews: Shocking Outright Lie As Obama Justice Dept Says Marijuana Has No Medical Purpose 
NakedCapitalism: More Proof That Obama is Herbert Hoover
Not only is Obama assuring that he will go down as one of the worst Presidents in history, but for those who have any doubts, he is also making it clear that his only allegiance is to the capitalist classes and their knowledge worker arms and legs. 

YahooNews: LA teen reporters boost community with newspaper
Eighteen-year-old Alejandro Rojas is tired of how outsiders view his neighborhood of Boyle Heights as a hub of gang violence and housing projects.
"We have good things but you have to look for them," said Rojas, who will be studying engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz in September. "It's really important to show there's more than one side to a community."
WashingtonPost: Hugo Chavez reasserts power in Veneuzela
BlackListedNews: President Prepares to Unveil New Gun Safety Rules  
Time: Codex Caper: Medieval Guidebook Stolen from a Spanish Church  

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Are Police really starting to get out of hand?
TinfoilPalace:Creepy Night Time Look Inside Alcatraz
TheOilAge:PO defcon 1 alert
TheOilAge:Chinese exports surge to record, problems loom for China, US
Hubberts-Arms:Looks like the Catholic Church is in the doodoo again, Africa this time.
Hubberts-Arms:Ron Paul claims U.S. officials ‘set the stage for 9/11
SilentCountry:John Boehner Announces Abandonment of the Comprehensive
SilentCountry:Getting Used to Life Without Food

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