Hope everyone is doing well and that you are prepping too. Looks like rough seas ahead friends.
For folks in the path of the massive heat wave, good luck to you. If you would like to write me about your experience in the heat wave and email me, I'll put it up for others to read. Please take it easy and try to stay cool.
Thanks go out to RJ at Global Glass Onion and to the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help with links to stories today! Thanks guys!
Here's a great article from Matt Cardin at The Teeming Brain
TheTeemingBrain: The Google Effect: New evidence of the Internet’s impact on brain and memory recalls Plato’s ancient warning
It’s not every day you get to note/observe/say something like this: A 2400-year-old warning from Plato has just been confirmed, or at least inadvertently recalled, by newly published research about the cognitive and neurological effects of our now-ubiquitous culture of Internet searching.I hope you will recommend this blog to your friends and family. Especially those still sitting on the fence about the coming collapse, and please know that your donations are always appreciated and very much needed.
Now for the news.
CNN: Japan scrambles to protect damaged reactor from typhoon
DesdemonaDespair: Radioactive beef from over 500 cattle ‘sold in around Tokyo’
AccuWeather: Typhoon Rain, Wind Target Japan Nuclear Plant
NYT: Egypt military moves to cement a muscular role in government
Constitutional proposals would give armed forces broad mandate to intercede in politics
Atlantic: The Bahrain Stalemate
MSNBC: In Egypt, fighting for a $50-a-month factory job
Egyptians have long complained of the country's cheapest thing: Their lives.
NPR: At Least 17 Killed In Syria Protests
MSNBC: Pakistan Taliban release video showing forces' execution
ISLAMABAD — The Taliban have released a video showing the execution of more than a dozen Pakistani security forces in the northwest last month.
MSNBC: Police "gun down" rioters in China's Xinjiang, at least 4 dead
MSNBC: US command in Afghanistan changes hands in wake of attacks on Karzai's inner circle
Transition comes hours after gunmen strapped with explosives kill key presidential aide
CSMonitor: What's behind the wave of assassinations in Afghanistan(VIDEO)
Jan Mohammed Khan, a powerful ally of President Hamid Karzai, is the latest casualty in a string of assassinations that undermine NATO’s claims that the situation is improving.
Spiegel: Drone War in Pakistan
Photos from the Ground Show Civilian Casualties
Reuters: "It was the kind of place you get out of and you never want to go back again."
That's how one former reporter describes the News of the World newsroom under editor Rebekah Brooks, the ferociously ambitious titian-haired executive who ran the top-selling Sunday tabloid from 2000 to 2003.
Bloomberg: FBI Investigating Allegations News Corp. Hacked Into 9/11 Victims’ Phones
TruthOut: British Police Arrest Rebekah Brooks in Phone Hacking Scandal
BBC: Australian Greens call for Murdoch media empire review
Reuters: The real Rupert Murdoch exposed
BusinessInsider: Former Fox News Producer Claims The Network's "Brain Room" Led To Hacking
NewScientist Spoofing services make mobile voicemail hacking easy
BusinessInsider: Richard Cordray Is Obama's New Consumer Protection Cop
Washington's Blog: "They’re Going to Cut Back the Bone and They’re Going to Keep the Fat,
Basically. They’re Going to Try to Panic the Population into Acquiescing in a Democratic Party Sellout by Cutting Back Payments to the People...While Making Sure that They Pay the Pentagon, They Pay the Foreign Aid, They Pay Wall Street"
DesdemonaDespair: Photo gallery: Satellite images of the ghost cities of China, 2011
Guardian: Wall Street will not let Republicans pull the debt ceiling trigger
It is absurd to think that Republicans in Congress would force big spending cuts cuts by taking Wall Street hostage with the debt ceiling
EconBrowser: Consumers get more worried
BusinessInsider: The European Debt Crisis Worsens And The US Debt Ceiling Drama Continues
MarginalRevolution: Will a debt ceiling deal save America’s AAA credit rating?
BusinessInsider: Elisabeth Murdoch: My Brother "F---ed The Company"
MichaelHudson: Wall Street’s Euthanasia of Industry
AlterNet: 5 Disastrous Consequences Of A Debt Ceiling Meltdown
BeezerNotes: Household Formations Drop Dramatically. It’s The Jobs, Stupid.
CreditWritedowns: Kohl: Merkel "is destroying my Europe"
MSNBC: Governors brace for inevitable cuts to states as debt debate rages on
'No matter what happens, states are going to get less money from the federal government,' Miss. governor says
Reuters: News Corp shares fall 5.5 percent as scandal unfolds
(Reuters) - News Corp's (NWS.AX) Australian shares slumped 5.5 percent on Monday to a two-year low, as the phone hacking scandal fallout worsened, with the arrest of the former head of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm and the resignation of Britain's police chief.
WSJ: Transcript of Obama’s News Conference
Here’s the White House transcript of President Barack Obama‘s news conference Friday on the standoff over raising the debt ceiling and reducing the long-term deficit.
WSJ: In Debt Collecting, Location Matters
WSJ: Dearth of Demand Seen Behind Weak Hiring
The main reason U.S. companies are reluctant to step up hiring is scant demand, rather than uncertainty over government policies, according to a majority of economists in a new Wall Street Journal survey.
Guardian; The support given to EU banks is killing the recovery
Bailing out private-sector banks, and slashing public spending to pay for it, will aggravate the financial crisis, not diminish it
Time: The new battle for Europe: Bankers vs taxpayers
DetroitNews: Boomers bank on less inheritance
MarketWatch: Business economists see softer U.S. growth
Fewer companies report higher sales and profits, NABE finds
MSNBC: Tea Party debt plan takes center stage
The House is set to vote on a Republican 'cut, cap and balance' plan Tuesday
NYT: Across Nation, Budget Talks Stir Pessimism
BusinessInsider: If Geithner Doesn't Have A Debt Ceiling Plan B, He Needs To Be Fired Immediately
ActivistPost: Two Examples of Fascism Run by Banks
MaxKeiser: As predicted, Bank of America set to declare bankruptcy
Bank of America Tumbles To Paulson’s Cost Basis Following Report Bank Will Need $50 Billion More In Capital Cushion
Bloomberg: U.S. Stocks Slump Amid Debt Limit Concerns
MaxKeiser: S & P: America Could Default Even if Debt Ceiling is Raised
One of the big, government-sponsored American rating agencies has just confirmed . . .
CalculatedRisk: Residential Remodeling Index at new high in May
Peak oil and Energy News
OilPrice: Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of July 18, 2011
HeatingOil: Heating Oil Price Trend for July 18: +3¢
BusinessInsider: Venezuela Officially Has More Oil Than Saudi Arabia
Venezuela proven oil reserves have exploded past Saudi Arabia in the annual statistical bulletin from OPEC.
Venezuela's reserves reached 296.5 billion barrels, up 40.4% year-on-year and higher than Saudi Arabia's 264.5 billion barrels. This number accepts controversial claims regarding the accessibility of offshore oil in the Orinoco Belt.
EarlyWarning: International Oil Efficiency vs Gas Prices
Energy&Capital: Peak Oil: Tighter Supply Ahead: Flirting with Peak Oil Disaster
CreditPlus: Peak oil now More About Demand Than Supply
WSJ: Gold Shoots Past $1600, Feasting on Fiscal Fears
MineWeb: Russia offers Germany rare earths co-operation
Russia is offering to co-operate with Germany on rare earths supplies which the latter sees as potentially in critical short supply.
TruthOut: You Can't Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too
Physorg: Rising oceans - too late to turn the tide?
BeforeItsNews: Raw Video: Volcano Erupts In Indonesia
ExtinctionProtocol: Searing heat: northwestern Ontario goes up in flames
ModernSurvivalBlog: Katla Volcano EarthQuakes – Flooding – Sulfur Smell
NewScientist: Melt ponds shine in the Arctic's summer icescape
TreeHugger: Ruptured Pipeline in Yellowstone River Oil Spill Regularly Carried Tar Sands Oil
Star-Telegram: Small earthquake rattles North Texas
Reuters: UPDATE 2-China asks ConocoPhillips to halt oilfield output
Platts: The Times' shale gas coverage has an in-house critic
Grist: Study: Earth losing its climate change defenses
MacauDailyTimes: Oil spill six times size of Singapore
A huge oil spill off the Chinese coast has now contaminated an area around six times the size of Singapore, state media reported yesterday, as the government said it may seek compensation for the leak.
Shahidulnews: ConocoPhillips Halts Oil Operations In Bohai Bay, China
Naturalnews: Coming in 2012: Genetically modified front lawns and the mass spraying of neighborhoods and playgrounds with RoundUp
ExtinctionProtocol: Tornado-force winds topple stage at Ottawa concert
ACloserLook: House Republicans Massively Chop Funding for Wildlife, Clean Water and Air
SOTT: New Zealand: Storms create 'seabird wreck'
Reuters: Worst heatwave in years grips Midwest, moving east
(Reuters) - An oppressive and potentially deadly summertime mix of sizzling temperatures and high humidity baked a large swath of the country again on Sunday, pushing afternoon heat indexes in dozens of cities to dangerous levels.
NYT: A Look Into the Ocean’s Future
ExtinctionProtocol: Nature’s new destructive force: Sudden cloudbursts create havoc across the globe
LAT: Light-bulb standards equal energy efficiency
Resistance to light-bulb efficiency standards is foolish and contrary to the nation's goal of energy independence.
MSNBC: How hot is it? Triple-digit heat buckles roads in Oklahoma
Poultry farmers deploy fans; heat wave to reach East Coast later this week
MSNBC: BP pipeline leaks oily mixture onto Alaskan tundra
America in Decline
PopSci: Anti-Fraud Facial Recognition System Revokes the Wrong Person's License
BeforeItsNews: Police State: San Francisco Police Shoot and Kill Man for Not Paying His Train Fare!
Food and Water
MonwyWatch: Farm Report: More Corn Going Into Cars Than Cows
CNN: Free seeds helping Americans get by, live healthier
Science and Technology
Forbes: Physicists Create a Hole In Time to Hide Events
Researchers at Cornell University have made an astounding leap forward in cloaking technology. While other teams have been working on what have been traditionally seen as “invisibility cloaks” – using meta-materials to hide an object from visible light — this team has been working on something a bit more ambitious: hiding an actual event in time.
BusinessInsider: The Company Behind Cell Phone GPS Tracking In America Is Selling Its Technology To Foreign Governments
MSNBC: Boeing runs hard in new space race
MNN: Google Maps goof results in state park-sized headache for N.J. homeowner
Laurie Gneiding has Google Maps to thank for providing her with one giant summertime headache: The web-mapping service has mistakenly identified her driveway as the entrance to a nearby state park.
NewScientist: Dark-energy fingerprints found in ancient radiation
Medical and Health
MSNBC: Bed-sharing with toddler: Should moms feel guilty?
No need to worry -- it doesn't affect social skills or intellectual development, study finds
NewScientist: One cheap pill protects healthy people from HIV
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
DoomerinCanada: Garlic-Infused Butter
ModernSurvivalOnline: Can’t afford to prep? Think again.
WikiHow: How to Go Camping Minimalist Style
ModernSurvivalBlog: A Survival Kit To Keep Your Car Going
ActivistPost: 12 Home Security and Crime Prevention Tips for the Prepper
ContainerGardening: Greening up: Rooftop farms and gardens flourish in the cities
MSNBC: Grandparent drivers keep kids safer in crashes, study finds
Surprise: Children had half the risk of injury as those riding with their parents
BlackListedNews: New Movie “Contagion” Brings Bird Flu Fear Mongering To New Levels
NPR: Denver Newspaper Hires Professional Pot Critic
NYPost: 'Unbelievable'dog bites shark in shocking beach attack (VIDEO)
WiredDangerRoom: Three Cups of Meat: Special Ops Want Afghan Cooking Tips
RawStory: Gingrich campaign $1 million in debt from private jets, web developers
Kunstler: The Amazing Dissolving Nation
NYT: Troops March in San Diego’s Gay Pride Parade
UPI: Pulling the rug out from underneath gay adoption
TinfoilPalace:Monsanto Official Beaten by Farmers
TinfoilPalace:Mystery of 200ft crop circle within yards of Stonehenge
TheOilAge:95% of Americans getting poorer each year
Hubberts-Arms:Why do humans congregate in big cities?
Hubberts-Arms:Georgia cops bust 10-year-old girl’s lemonade stand
SilentCountry:10 Signs That The American People Are Starting To Freak Out
SilentCountry:Down on the farm, investors see big