Friday, August 12, 2011

Breaking News Fri. Aug. 12, 2011

I read a story this morning that is really bothering me today. It's about the torture of bears in Asia to obtain bile to use in snake oil products. There's something about the story that really strikes a chord I think.
A parent, under insane pressure and terror finally snapping and killing their child to prevent it from being treated the same way and killing themselves as well.
It's a heartbreaking sickening story.
RawStory: Facing medical torture, Chinese bear reportedly kills cub, then self

It sounds like what people are doing when they finally snap and kill their family and themselves soesn't it?

Speaking of bile. I went to the doc yesterday. Posted about it on Hubberts-Arms
Pam goes to the doctor part 2  Wanted to let everyone know what was going on and how screwed  up things seem to be.
I hope everyone has a great peaceful and healthy weekend. Thanks to everyone for all the good ideas and suggestions concerning navigation of the medial corporate behemoth that we call "healthcare". LOL
Also, remember Friday is when RJ publishes the weekly wrap up over at Global Glass Onion so be sure to check it out this afternoon.
And always visit our good friend the Ozarker whose wonderful articles you can find at Conflicted Doomer.
Never miss one of her posts.

ExtinctionProtocol: TEPCO says it has lost contact with 143 nuclear plant workers
Japanese Forces Fight Flies in Disaster Zones
Aug. 11, 2011
In disaster-stricken zones, Japan's Self-Defense Forces were recently on a special mission-to combat swarms of flies that are buzzing around the debris. WSJ's Daisuke Wakabayashi reports.
MSNBC: Giant tent to go up over Japan nuclear reactor

Global Conflict
GlobalResearch: A "Humanitarian War" on Syria? Military Escalation. Towards a Broader Middle East-Central Asian War? 
CNN: Burying a child: A mother's unending grief
SeattlePI: Egypt to lift Mubarak emergency law before polling

DailyMail: Cameron's clampdown on social media: Can he really rein in rioters by turning off Twitter? 
SeattlePI: Israel prepares for Palestinian statehood rallies 
MSNBC: US troops return to Afghan 'Valley of Death' - Coalition 'absolutely and unequivocally' denies suggestion Afghan forces were struggling
NYT: U.S. Troops Fire on Afghan Police, Survivors Say
TheGlobeAndMail: There's no happy ending to Syria’s power struggle 
LegitGov: AP: Facial recognition in use after riots
ZeroHedge: Obama Is Implementing Plans For War Throughout the Middle East Created 10 Years Ago by the Neocons
IBTimes: London Riots 2011: Will US Example Help Cameron Solve UK Unrest?
NYTimes: C.I.A. Is Disputed on Civilian Toll in Drone Strikes
RawStory: U.S. questions China over new aircraft carrier

Financial News
AngryBear: If You Believe the Market Reacts to Information
MarginalRevolution: The culture that is Germany why the eurozone will fail
CNNMoney: Postal Service asks Congress to allow 120,000 layoffs, overhaul benefits
ModeledBehavior: Goody Goody Gum Drops
CalculatedRisk: Consumer Sentiment declines sharply in August
WSJ: Global Slowdown Is Hitting Trade Flows
Bloomberg: Is There Enough Money on Earth to Save the Banks?
EUObserver: Germany to propose unelected 'stability council' for EU
BigPictureAgriculture: The U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturing Sector employs 11.9% of all U.S. Manufacturing Workers
Bloomberg: High-Frequency Firms Tripled Trades Amid Rout, Wedbush Says
CharlesHughSmith: Welcome to the Age of Instability - If you liked the past two weeks, you're going to love the next two years: welcome to the age of instability.
Bloomberg: Growth Forecasts for U.S. Reduced Through 2013 on Limited Employment Gains
Guardian: French economy stagnates as consumers cut spending - European stock markets fall as Eurostat data shows French GDP was flat in the second quarter
WashingtonPost: Cut in household spending points to recession
Guardian: Short-selling ban ruled out by City regulator - After a week of turmoil in European financial markets, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium have banned the short-selling of financial stocks
BusinessInsider: 64% of Americans Can’t Handle a $1,000 Emergency Expense
Mish: Yes Virginia, U.S. Back in Deflation; Inflation Scare Ends; Hyperinflationists Wrong Twice Over 
Bloomberg: Euro-Region Industrial Production Fell in June 
CapitalGainsAndGames: All Signs Are That Deficit Reduction Committee Will Accomplish Nothing 
RawStory: U.S. questions China over new aircraft carrier 
HuffPo: Unemployment Discrimination: Who's Afraid To Hire The Jobless? 
WashingtonPost: 'Supercommittee' members: Experience required
Politico: S&P: Debt default skeptics fueled ratings downgrade 
Bloomberg: Greek Economy Contracted 6.9% in Second-Quarter From Year-Earlier Period
TheEconomist: How close is a European double dip? 
HuffPo: Greece's Unemployment Rate Jumps To 16.6 Percent In May 
TimesUnion: French growth sputters to a halt in 2nd quarter 
Boston: Shaken consumers rein in spending 
CNNMoney: China's banks: The only certainty is uncertainty
FReep: Report: Chrysler to add 1,100 jobs in Toledo
CNNMoney: Sacre bleu! Market has downgraded France 
Reuters: EU exec: EU framework better for short-selling bans - The European Commission welcomed on Friday short-selling bans adopted by four EU countries but said a European framework would be more effective to deal with the issue. 
MarketWatch: U.S. trade gap for June widens unexpectedly - Largest deficit since October 2008, at height of the financial crisis
MSNBC: Survey reveals sudden change after surprisingly strong retail sales

Peak oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: A Nation-Sized Battery
Platts: Despite the price fall, a well-known bull still sees a tight market
IBTimes: Fundamental Oil Report (2011-08-12) - Crude oil fell in New York recording its third weekly decline, as fears from the fall in financial markets and its ability to recover and the economic downturn is in its worst cases during this phase, especially as the vision is not clear after the U.S. credit rating downgrade although it led to the downfall of the global financial markets but fear will be dominating the situation in the coming period.
BusinessInsider: The Real Reason Why China Isn't Lowering Domestic Fuel Costs

BigPictureAgriculture: Meredith Whitney's Statement about Agriculture and Commodities Becoming our Next Decade's Structural Change
IBtIMES: Silver Technical Precious Metals (2011-08-12)

Environmental News
Aljazeera: UN slams Shell over Nigeria oil pollution - Report says it will cost up to $1bn and take 30 years to clean up damage done by oil giant in Niger Delta.
BigPictureAgriculture: Depopulation of the Great Plains Continues via the 2010 Census
NaturesWrath: 300,000 to 500,000 homes possibly damaged in Arizona 
NDReport: HANFORD: C Tank Farm evacuated as precaution
 Hanford’s C Tank Farm was evacuated shortly after noon today as a precaution after a small plume of smoke or steam was spotted coming from a new ventilation system that was undergoing testing prior to being used for the first time
CosmicLog: Make the most of the meteors
NYT: Panel Seeks Stiffer Rules for Drilling of Gas Wells

America in Decline
SFGate: State's high school dropout rate almost 20 percent
BrilliantatBreakfast: More than just cowboy boots and good hair
Here's what could go wrong. We on the left talk a lot about "Christian Taliban", and we've taken a lot of crap because no one's yet in the streets beating up women for voting or wearing short skirts. But that could change under a Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann presidency, because both are part of Christian Reconstruction, as Rachel Maddow pointed out the other night: (video)
GaycityNews: NYPD May Employ Surveillance Drones - Heads up, park cruisers. The police department may soon be operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) “as a law enforcement tool” in New York City, giving that agency the capability to monitor activities in city parks, on streets, and in other public areas from the air.

Food and Water
GulfNews: Food inflation hits three-month high in India

Science and Technology
ExtinctionProtocol: Pandora’s Box: Researchers create first animal with artificial genetic code
ExtinctionProtocol: Indonesia’s Mt. Ibu volcano emitting thick smoke 
SciNewsBlog: Darkest known exoplanet reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it 
NewScientist: Experimental drug could defeat any virus - Viruses might soon meet their kryptonite: an experimental drug that can, in theory, obliterate cells infected by any type of virus without harming healthy neighbours.
MSNBCRedTape: Is your ISP cheating you out of bandwidth? New gov't test offers a hint
TheAtlantic: Explaining the Rise in Science's Errors 
CosmicLog: Hubble sights a starry necklace

Medical and Health
ABCNews: Cancer Docs Abuzz About New Lymphoma Treatment
MSNBC: Dangerous drug patches pose overlooked risk to kids - Children poisoned by transdermal medications lost or tossed in the trash, experts say
MSNBC: Chest pain severity not a heart attack indicator - Those who came to the ER with lesser chest pain just as likely to be having a heart attack, study found 
TheChart: Women with depression may be at higher stroke risk
HealthCareFinanceNews: July another good job growth month for healthcare
TPM: 11th Circuit: Health Care Law’s Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
SHTFPlan: Terrorism Update: FBI Targets Preppers and Preparedness Supplies In Latest Bulletin
If you’ve been preparing for emergencies, disasters, or economic collapse there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve been added to a watch list somewhere.
Hard to believe?
The latest Communities Against Terrorism guidelines distributed by the FBI to military surplus stores in the state of Colorado outline specific activities that owners and retail associates should look for when trying to spot terrorist related activity. Much of the suspicious activity listed describes the behavior and shopping list of any modern day prepper:

Other News
Forbes: Mitt Romney Takes on a Senior Citizen and Loses It 
WorldBank: The Impact of Blogs Part II: Blogging enhances the blogger’s reputation. But, does it influence policy?
MSNBC: Romney in shouting match with crowd at Iowa fair
'Corporations are people, my friend,' candidate insists

WashingtonPost: Teachers, ACLU riled over social media ban
MSNBC: 'Gladiators' arrested outside Rome's ColosseumSword-fight breaks out as costumed undercover cops swoop to break up violent racket targeting tourists

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:She's the American maths professor who's hit a multi-million scratchcard jackpot an astonishing FOUR times... Has this woman worked out how to win the
TinfoilPalace:An Open Letter to David Cameron’s Parents

TheOilAge:Turning point in crisis of world capitalsm 
TheOilAge:Notes on the US social crisis 
Hubberts-Arms:August 26 just went supernova
Hubberts-Arms:Friday dow poll. 
SilentCountry:Peak Oil Awareness Survey
SilentCountry:The next bit of bad news

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