Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Breaking News Wed. July 6, 2011

While researching something, I came across this on PopSci and thought it was worth sharing.
Archive Gallery Doomsday Predictions

This amazing video was posted at Tinfoil Palace by ConcernedMomma as well as this link to a photo slideshow. 
ABC15: Massive Dust Wall Moves Trough Phoenix Area
Also this from the Ozarker
MSNBC: 50-mile wide, mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix
'We heard from a lot of people who lived here for a number of storms and this was the worst they'd seen,' meteorologist says

 Well, I hope everyone is having a good day today. Be sure and check out Global Glass Onion, the work of our good friend RJ, as well as the beautiful writing of the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer.
Hope you are all prepping and gardening and taking some time to enjoy life and loved ones. It's all we really have after all.

DesdemonaDespair: Fukushima soil survey finds widespread radioactive cesium exceeding legal limits 
Residents dumping irradiated soil in forests and parks
Bloomberg: Radioactive Cesium Is Found in Tokyo Tap Water for First Time Since April

Global Conflict
TheAtlantic: The Most Important Thing the Mossad's Meir Dagan Has Said 
Meir Dagan, the recently-retired head of the Mossad, has stated that he was partly responsible for putting the brakes on Prime Minister Netanyahu's desire to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, a desire he allegedly shares with his defense minister, Ehud Barak. But Dagan, as well as the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, are gone from power, and Dagan has stated, "Now I am afraid that there is no one to stop Bibi and Barak."
AlJazeera: Israeli air strike kills two in Gaza Strip 
CNN: Iranian weapons in IraqCNN's Chris Lawrence explores U.S. casualties in Iraq that some American leaders believe are caused by Iranian weapons.
Time: Will America's budget deficit bring an end to world peace?
(I have to ask, "What world peace?")

UPI: Middle East refugee crisis worsening amid multiple conflicts
TheTelegraph: Col Muammar Gaddafi 'offers to give up power in Libya'Col Muammar Gaddafi has offered to give up power for the first time, but only if his hated son is allowed to stand as his successor, a Russian official claimed on Tuesday.
USAToday: Scientists say Pentagon misleads on dust studyWASHINGTON — The Pentagon is falsely claiming its research shows that airborne dust in Iraq and Afghanistan poses no health risk to U.S. troops, say three scientists whose review of that research found it riddled with mistakes.
BBC: Afghanistan: Dozens dead after Taliban raid in NuristanAt least 78 people have been killed in heavy fighting between the Taliban and security forces in the Afghan province of Nuristan, officials say.

Hacker News
IBTimes: UK seeks stronger cyber laws to fight attacks
The fight against cyber crime needs a stronger common international legal framework to enable perpetrators outside the country of their victims to be tracked down and punished, a British security official said on Tuesday.

Financial News
Bloomberg: Goldman Took Biggest Loan in Fed ProgramGoldman Sachs & Co. borrowed $15 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Dec. 9, 2008 -- the biggest single loan from a program whose details have been secret until today. 
SHTFPlan: Forced To Sell Gold Teeth and Jewelry To Make Ends Meet
WashingtonPost: Bombardier, Britain’s last train factory, cutting more than 1,400 jobs 
FT: Beware a hard landing for China
Two pieces of bad news hit the market on Wednesday. Portugal's downgrade to junk, despite being blindingly obvious, weighed more heavily than China's rate hike. 
TruthOut: What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Jobs: Black Unemployment 
MotherJones: Gambling On Armageddon (No, Seriously)
The debt ceiling fight is sucking up all the wonk blogging oxygen these days, but I'm struggling to think of anything new to say about it. Republicans are great negotiators, Obama left himself wide open to lose this battle, Republicans are crazy, Democrats have no consistent position on offer, Republicans may benefit if the economy tanks, Democrats may benefit if independents conclude that Republicans are reckless and crazy, etc. etc. I guess it's worth repeating this stuff to make sure the point gets across, but there are only so many synonyms for "insane."
SHTFPlan: What Accelerated Hyperinflation Looks Like
NYT: China Raises Interest Rates Amid Inflation Fight
Post-Gazette: Retirees risk outliving savings, GAO study warns
NEW YORK -- Retirees may have to delay Social Security benefits and buy an annuity to have enough money for retirement, a federal government study suggests.
"The risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge," according to a study from the Government Accountability Office released Friday. Increased life expectancies and health-care costs coupled with declines in financial markets and home equity over the last few years have "intensified" workers' concerns about how to manage their savings in retirement, the report said.
Bloomberg: U.S. State Cuts Hit Health Care and Education While Helping Bondholders
Guardian: Moody's downgrades Portuguese bonds to junk statusConcerns over Portugal emerged as Angela Merkel urged
European leaders to trust the evaluations of the IMF, the ECB and the European commission
TheStateColumn: Debt limit debate may face filibuster challenge from Sen. Rand Paul
FiscalTimes: Cowardly Congress Can’t Cut Bloated Defense Budget
NWLC: New Report Shows Women Will Be Hit Hardest By Changes to Social Security's Cost-Of-Living AdjustmentDeficit-reduction proposal using new calculation for cost-of-living adjustment will result in significant cuts, National Women's Law Center finds
WSJ: Greek Jitters Hit Bank Deposits – Again
BBC: Portugal's debt is downgraded to junk status by Moody'sThe credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Portugal's debt to junk status.
CNNMoney: What's next for economy: Slow growth, weak hiring 
Reuters: The U.S. jobs gap
McClatchy: Cut federal debt, Americans say, even if that slows economy 
PBSNewsHour: Raze the Roof: Cleveland Levels Vacant Homes to Revive NeighborhoodsBusiness correspondent Paul Solman reports from Cleveland on the economically troubled Ohio city's efforts to tear down thousands of empty foreclosed homes in hopes of putting eyesore and dangerous properties back to productive use -- perhaps as community gardens, new businesses or even a vineyard.
Bloomberg: Would Killing the Minimum Wage Help?Michele Bachmann seems to think so. Many economists, though, see little job creation from abolishing the law
MarketWatch: The next, worse financial crisisCommentary: Ten reasons we are doomed to repeat 2008
CapitalGainsandGames: Why Is Everyone Suddenly Talking About The 14th Amendment?
Time: Debt Ceiling: Could Ron Paul's Plan Save Us From Disaster, twice?
RawStory: Bank of America bond-holders challenge subprime mortgage settlement
Slate: Get a Job, Kid!
Only 25 percent of American teens have summer jobs, the lowest percentage on record. Why? Are they lazy?
Spiegel: Generations of Pork
How Greece's Political Elite Ruined the Country
TheTelegraph: Germany's judges hold the euro's fate in their hands
Whether or not Europe's monetary union survives in its current form, shrinks to a Carolingian core, or shatters, depends as much on abstruse legal arguments put forward on Tuesday in Germany's constitutional court as it does on the parallel drama unfolding on Greek streets.
BusinessInsider: A Whole Bunch Of Econ Data Just Missed Expectations In Europe
CNBC: China Bears Have It Wrong: Jim Rogers
Commodity bull Jim Rogers says hedge fund managers such as Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates and Hugh Hendry of Eclectica, who have been shorting Chinese related stocks and credits, have got it wrong.
DomasJefferson: Our Politicians Are Selling Off Pieces Of America To Foreign Investors – And Goldman Sachs Is Helping Them Do It
Guardian: Microsoft strikes deal with China's biggest search engine Baidu Boost to both brands, but English-language search results will be censored to meet Chinese government's demands
TheNewAmerican: Rand Paul: We'll Filibuster Until Debt Ceiling Proposals Are Made

Peak oil and Energy News
NakedCapitalism: Jon Rynn: A Fracking Mess – Natural Gas is Not the Fuel of the Future
posting without comment, thanks for the link rj.
Guardian: North Sea oil: Whistleblowers speak outPublicly, workers are told to report anything that goes wrong. But the private attitude of managers is different
UPI: Energy Resources Legal roadblocks for Iraq's oil?
BAGHDAD, July 5 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Baghdad are asked to ban future oil contracts until a federal law on the energy sector gets passed, a committee member said.

MineWeb: Copper seen as falling 20% or more as China economy slows down
All is not well with the Chinese economy where the slowdown is real and likely to impact copper prices in particular as monetary policy continues to tighten.
TheAtlantic: Rare Earths Discovery Won't Solve U.S.-China Tensions
Japanese scientists say they have discovered 100 billion tons of rare earth minerals, about 1,000 times the rest of the known global supply, on the Pacific floor. The minerals, of which China is by far the world's dominant producer, are crucial for high tech consumer and military products, and thus for Japanese and U.S. security and economic well-being. China has used its near-monopoly on rare earth metals as a foreign policy tool against the more powerful Japanese and U.S. competitors, threatening, and at times executing, embargoes as a sort of ransom.
GizMag: Gold-to-go launches in London
Since we first brought you news of the installation of the world's first permanent gold-dispensing ATM in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the company behind the innovation has rolled out the machines throughout the United Arab Emirates and Germany, and broke into Italy and the U.S. Luxurious venues chosen for the Gold-to-go machines have so far included the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas and the 124th floor of Dubai's Burj Khalifa. For London, though, the new home for the UK's first vending machine is ... a shopping center.  
IBTimes: David Trueman: The Ups and Downs of Minor Metal Investing

Environmental News
ThinkProgress: Fox News Confuses Sulfur Pollution with Greenhouse Gases
Here is my headline:  “Study: Hottest Decade on Record Would Have Been Even Hotter But for Chinese Coal Plant Sulfur Pollution.”
Here is the Reuters headline:  “Asia pollution blamed for halt in warming: study.”
The FOX NationHere is the Fox News headline (for the same Reuters story): “Reuters Bombshell: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduce Global Warming.”
CNN: Exxon unsure of cause of Yellowstone River oil spill
(See the second video I posted this past Sunday called "Global Dimming")
ClimateProgress: Study: Hottest Decade on Record Would Have Been Even Hotter But for Chinese Coal  Plant Sulfur Pollution
Grist: ExxonMobil, historic flooding join forces to spread oil through Yellowstone River 
DeclineoftheEmpire: How Does The Shale Gas Scam Work?
KASA: Las Conchas continues to burn
SeaShepherd: Operation Ferocious Isles: Defending the Rights of Whales in the Faeroe Islands

America in Decline
PopSci: The First Crowdsourced Military Vehicle

Slate: Operating Instructions
The Supreme Court shows corporate America how to screw over its customers and employees without breaking the law.Depending on how you count "big cases," the Supreme Court has just finished off either a great (according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) or spectacularly great (according to a new study by the Constitutional Accountability Center) term for big business. The measure of success here isn't just the win-loss record of the Chamber of Commerce, although that's certainly part of the story. Nor is it news that—in keeping with a recent trend—the court is systematically closing the courthouse doors to everyday litigants, though that's a tale that always bears retelling. The reason the Roberts Court has proven to be Christmas in July for big business is this: Slowly but surely, the Supreme Court is giving corporate America a handbook on how to engage in misconduct.
Stateline: Arizona Medicaid cuts to go into effect
Arizona's generous Medicaid program will become significantly less generous this Friday (July 8), when the state will begin denying health insurance coverage to childless adults, Capitol Media Services reports. An estimated 100,000 residents will be affected in the first year alone.

Food and Water
USFoodPolicy: Beef checkoff CEO Tom Ramey resigns 
The Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) chief executive officer (CEO) Tom Ramey resigned this week, throwing the checkoff program into turmoil.
CNBC: Australia Takes the Lead in Trading Water
It is well known that Australia is a world leader in the trade of commodities like iron ore and coal. Less known, is that Australia is also leading the world in the trade of a more vital and yet undervalued commodity – water. According to a growing number of investors, the market for water could be the next big investment opportunity of the 21st century.
VOA: Drought Leaves Rural Kenyans with Little Food or Water
As many Somali refugees flee to Kenya to escape the harsh drought in their homeland, parts of Kenya itself are facing severe shortages of food and water.
Star-Telegram: Record use in Fort Worth may lead to watering limits
FORT WORTH -- With the city setting a water use record for June, the Tarrant Regional Water District, which supplies raw water to more than 90 percent of Tarrant County, is warning that mandatory watering restrictions may be enacted in less than two months.

Science and Technology
BlackListedNews: Security Grifters Partner-Up on Sinister Cyber-Surveillance Project
TechReview: A Less Wasteful Way to Deal with Wastewater
An Israeli company aims to commercialize microbial fuel-cell technology.
ArchaeologyNewsNetwork: 5,200 year-old petroglyphs unearthed near Aswan
Egypt's Antiquities Authority says archaeologists have unearthed a 5,200-year-old rock drawing depicting a royal festival during Ancient Egypt's earliest dynasty.
PopSci: Why Sex With Creatures from the Future Is a Bad Idea The Sex Files
Researchers test sexual adaptations in time-traveling brine shrimp
PCMag: Google Deleting Private Profiles by July 31
Taking another page from Facebook, Google this week announced that it will no longer support private Google Profiles after July 31.
"We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used," Google said in a statement. "Private profiles don't allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public."

Medical and Health
M&C: EU food body says Egyptian fenugreek seeds "likely" caused E coli
HealthKey: U.S. could drop screening for deadly strain of E. coli
(yet another reason to grow more of your own food)
Budget cuts may end routine federal testing of produce for pathogen
TheChart: Get Some Sleep: Why do we have REM?
FDL: Obama DOJ’s Indefensible Policy on Medical Marijuana Legalization 
WashingtonPost: Medicare and Medicaid chief in race against time 
TheChart: Hope or letting go: The final goodbyeTen years ago, as part of a Burn Unit team, I faced a moral dilemma.
Should a doctor give a patient’s loved ones hope no matter the situation? Or should he allow them to say goodbye when a situation seems hopeless?
The decision we made haunts me to this day.
ABCNews: Eating Less Salt May Not Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
SHTFPlan: The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If the SHTF
The subject of survival in a long term disaster goes beyond having stockpiles of beans, bullets and band-aids. Those that do survive during a long term emergency will no doubt be tried and tested with a great many things. One of those trying scenarios is dealing with death.

Other News
SOTT: Monsters among us: Ritual child abuse in France 
RawStory: 19 charged in gang-rapes of 11-year-old Texas girl
MSNBC: CEO: Monthly ‘problems’ why woman earn lessNew Zealand organization dismisses boss who cited menstruation for wage gap 

TheIndependent: The bare-faced truth about big fat liars
Men with wide faces are more likely to lie and cheat than narrow-faced men but they seem to make better businessmen, according to a study that links facial features with a tendency to engage in unethical behaviour.
TheIndependent: Hiding in plain sight: Germany's Neo-Nazis ditch skinhead look
Far-right groups are hoping to win votes by blending in with mainstream society – but they are still clinging to the hate crimes. Tony Paterson reports in Berlin
SignonSanDiego: Wired magazine says San Diego-bound warship 'disintegrating'
TheTelegraph: Dutch tourist found alive after 18 days 'trapped in hole' in Spain
Police say a Dutch tourist has been found alive 18 days after she fell in a hole while walking in mountains in southern Spain.
SunTimes: On the Origin of Transformers: Roger Ebert's Journal

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