Monday, August 15, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Aug. 15, 2011

Ok, I need to know, some damned body needs to inform me, your friend pam, how the hell this is legal in the United States???
having raised 2 daughters,
this story has riled me up and sickens me all the more. But how can this be possible. In what twisted sadistic mind was this idea hatched???
MotherJones: Horror Stories From Tough-Love Teen Homes

Girls locked up inside fundamentalist religious compounds. Kandahar? No, Missouri.
The girls' behavior was micromanaged down to the number of squares of toilet paper each was allowed; potential infractions ranged from making eye contact with another girl to not finishing a meal. Roxy, who suffered from urinary tract infections and menstrual complications, told me she was frequently put on redshirt, sometimes dripping blood as she stood. She was also punished with cold showers, she said, and endless sets of calisthenics after meals.
Looks like I'll have to add a political crap section since evidently the 2012 election has started already and the tsunami of insanity should probably be documented. I'll put it up tomorrow.
also, be sure to check out out good blogger's sites and the forums linked down below. Let's keep our community alive and active by visiting and supporting one another's blogs and forums and websites.
Thanks go out to RJ at Global Glass Onion for links today. Be sure to check out his weekly wrapup that he posts on Friday afternoon.  And to my friend the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer. She posted a wonderful piece Saturday "Jabba the Heat Dome" and if you haven't read it yet, go check it out! LOL
Looks like the puzzle is coming together now and the picture it's forming is not good. Take care in the dark days ahead.
Now, for the news.

BigNewsNetwork: Fukushima workers get high radiation doses 

ExtinctionProtocol: 毒の空: Nuclear nightmare at Fukushima far from over 
Cryptogon: Japanese Burning Radioactive Materials Causing ‘Rainouts’ Around Japan and Elsewhere in Northern Hemisphere 

Global Conflict
Look, the UK is getting like Iran! 

Guardian: Iranian youths arrested for public water pistol fight in Tehran - Hundreds of enthusiasts, male and female, attended event organised on Facebook, attracting criticism from conservatives
Guardian: Essex police charge man over water fight planned on BlackBerry Messenger - A 20-year-old is due in court after police discover plans for a Colchester water fight circulating on BBM and Facebook
USAToday: Homeless man's death in encounter with cops brings protests
VeteransToday: Zionist 5th Column Deployed – Inventing A Clash of Civilizations  - Football teams in England provide the ruling class with useful vehicles to divide and rule the working class.

BBC: Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in China - A Tibetan monk has set himself alight in China's Sichuan province, amid claims of a crackdown on monasteries in the region. 
WashingtonPost: Gadhafi forces try to block advance of Libya’s western rebels, now within 30 miles of capital
Reuters: Pakistan Let China See Crashed US "Stealth" Copter 
ScientificAmerican: Rabble with a Cause: Were the London Riots a Spontaneous Mass Reaction or a Rational Response? - Contrary to popular wisdom, mobs are not mindless. In fact, they act rationally—a characteristic that suggests ways to prevent riots

WSWS: NATO allows Libyan refugees to drown in the Mediterranean
According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, 1,500 Libyan refugees have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the war against Libya in March. On August 4, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported a death toll of 1,820 since the beginning of the year.
Wired: Letter from the U.K.: If We’re Turning Off Social Media, I Want News Channels Shut Down, Too
Aljazeera: Syrian 'warships shell port city of Latakia' - At least 21 people said to be killed as northern city is reportedly attacked by warships and tanks.
TruthOut: The Drug-War Femicides
SingularityHub: Autonomous Robot Truck Will Debut in Afghanistan This Year
CBSNews: Norway attacker back on island for reconstruction
NYT: Al Qaeda trying to harness toxin for bombs, U.S. officials fear - Yemen affiliate seeks castor beans to make ricin for attacks on America 
TruthDig: America Is a Spark Away From Riots of Its Own

WSJ: Repressing the Internet, Western-Style - As politicians call for more online controls after London and Norway, authoritarian states are watching
BlackListedNews: UK detains 3,000 people in unrest
RawStory: Iraq’s Vice President says pullout of U.S. troops will ‘improve security’
TheGlobeAndMail: Syrian troops fire on fleeing residents, activists say 
TheTelegraph: US halts humanitarian assistance to Gaza Strip
USAID is halting humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip over alleged meddling by the radical Palestinian group Hamas, a US official has said.
TheIndependent: Libya can't trust Blair, says rebels' ambassador to UK
The former PM's role as Middle East envoy is jeopardised by his 'hand of friendship' to Gaddafi
CSMonitor: Why Egypt is angry over $65 million in US democracy grants
Amid a US campaign to support democratic transition in Egypt, a state-run magazine derided the US 'ambassador from hell' and officials are investigating groups who accepted funding.

UPI: Palestinians to go to U.N. Sept. 20
TheTelegraph: Afghanistan's former spy chief: 'Never trust the Taliban'
Amrullah Saleh, the urbane former head of Afghanistan's spy agency, tells Ben Farmer why it is wrong to talk to the Taliban.
UPI: Tens of thousands protest in Israel
GlobeAndMail: Libyan rebels capture key city of Zawiya, 50 km from capital
SeattlePI: 60 killed as wave of violence rolls across Iraq

Hacker News
TruthDig: Hackers Take Aim at San Francisco Transit
CNN: Hackers target San Francisco's rapid transit system

Financial News 

Tweeted by Nouriel Roubini this morning: The Second Gilded Age: share of income earned by top 1% is now back to 1929 level at the onset of the Great Depression
LaCuree: Inflation and why there is no solution 
CBSNews: Starbucks CEO: Hold back donations to D.C. pols 
CNNMoney: Stocks: Volatility will continue this week
Cryptogon: Paul Krugman on CNN: “If We Discovered That Space Aliens Were Planning to Attack… This Slump Would Be Over in 18 Months” 
BusinessInsider: Wall Street Bailout: Too Big To Collect?
ForeignPolicy: The Shape of the Global Economy Will Fundamentally Change 
MyBudget360: The rise of the new gilded ageMassive market volatility is a dramatic sign of an unhealthy economy – 14 of the 28 biggest percent declines since 1950 in the S&P 500 have come after 2008. Two of those volatile days have occurred in August of 2011.

YahooFinance: (video) Budget Buster: Pentagon Unable to Account for “Trillions,” Glain Says
Yahoofinance: 'Doomsday' defense cuts loom large for select 12 - For members of deficit-cutting supercommittee, 'doomsday' defense cuts hit close to home 

WSJ: Markets Gird for Fresh Drama - World Bank President Warns of 'New Danger Zone'; Long-Term Worries Re-Emerge
JaredBernstein: Social Security Is Not the Problem 
McClatchy: U.S. buckling down for a long, tough economic slog
ArabNews: Naked speculation - How in the real world can anyone sell something that they do not already own?  
AZCenrtal: Market-wary investors insure millions in cash
Guardian: Quantitative easing 'is good for the rich, bad for the poor'
As the Bank of England prepares to vote on quantitative easing, a report argues the extra cash 'exacerbates already extreme income inequality'
WSJ: Hey, You! Mean People Earn More, Study Finds
TheBigPicture: The Beginning of the Endgame
WashingtonPost: Geithner, Bernanke have little in arsenal to fight new crisis
Reuters: BofA to exit Canada, Europe credit card business - Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) plans to sell its credit card business in Canada to TD Bank Group and will exit its card business in the UK and Ireland.
NYT: Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
BusinessInsider: Here Comes The Empire Manufacturing Report...
IntelDaily: If the Market Crashes, Who Owns Enough Stock to Even Care?
ChrisMartenson: Daily Digest 8/14 - 2008 All Over Again, Eight Days Of Market Frenzy, John Embry Interviews James Turk
Aljazeera: Battle over US debt ceiling is a distraction - The US economy is reeling in the aftermath of poor decision making, and structural weaknesses threaten its future.
Economist: Staying safe on the road - Considering that violent crime has been on the decline in the United States for years, how unsafe are hotels really?
FDL: White House Trying to Win Independents with Economic Policies That Do Nothing
Alternet: Double-Dip Recession? How Our Dysfunctional Political Class Has Made Another Grueling Collapse Far Likelier - Just a few short months ago, few analysts would say publicly that the American economy was likely to slide into another grueling period of recession. That's changed. 
Guardian: We've been warned: the system is ready to blow
CalculatedRisk: Empire State Survey indicates contraction
BBC: Bank of Scotland warns US concern could hit jobs boost 
StraitsTimes: Pawnshops seeing gold rush amid high gold prices - High gold prices lead more people to pawn their jewellery for cash
Reuters: Japan Q2 GDP contracts 0.3 percent qtr/qtr on quake damage - Japan's economy contracted 0.3 percent in April-June, slower than the decline in the previous quarter as output recovers from the devastating earthquake in March, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday.
CalculatedRisk: Event Driven Declines in Consumer Sentiment
CNNMoney: Three headwinds to corporate profit growth
NYT: New York-Area Manufacturing Contraction Continues
BusinessInsider: With Unemployment Sky-High, Employers Having Significant Trouble Finding Workers Who Are "Punctual"
(make it worth a person's time to be punctual, and I'll bet they'd be punctual.)
TheNation: Who's Paying the Super-Committee?
The Congressional “super-committee” finally has a roster: we now know the twelve men and women tasked with cutting as much as $1.5 trillion from the federal budget, and quite possibly restructuring entitlements and rewriting the federal tax code.
HuffingtonPost: Federal Reserve Might Not Undertake QE3, And It Might Not Help If They Do 
CNNMoney: Rick Perry's Texas jobs boom: The whole story

Peak oil and Energy News
Reuters: Analysis:Recession could tip U.S. oil use into permanent decline
- As a U.S. economic rebound stalls and threatens to spiral into recession, oil demand in the world's top consumer may be slipping into an irreversible decline.
MSNBC: Gas prices fall nearly 9 cents in last three weeks National average price for a gallon of regular declines to $3.61 
CNN: Bringing solar light bulbs to the world

PlattsTV: 08.14.11 Standard & Poor's Interview - Michael Kay, Industry Analyst for Standard & Poor's, discusses how the U.S. downgrade will affect the Oil and Gas markets.
Reuters: Analysis: Recession risk unless oil prices fall further - If history is any guide, another oil-induced recession may be just around the corner, at least for the United States and some of the other developed economies.
GlobeAndMail: Are high oil prices that bad, really?
TheTelegraph: The Saudis can't afford an oil price slump - Brent crude managed to rally on Friday, preventing a third consecutive weekly decline. Economic gloom abounds – but does this mean the oil price has further to fall? 

From our good friend RJ at Global Glass Onion a neat video on making a silver bullion cache
MaxKeiser: Rioters stampede into Gold
EconomicsHelp: Factors Affecting the Price of Gold
YahooFinance: Sales of gold up on eBay amid stock market turmoil  - Amid stock market turmoil, sales of gold rise on eBay as consumers seek stable investments
Platts: Impending closure of China's Fujia Dahua worries petchem industry

Environmental News
SwitchBoard: News from the Deep

TheSeaMonster: What a marine massacre looks like
WiredScience: Big Storms Slipping Toward Earth’s Poles
ABCNews: Polar blast brings NZ to standstill
MSNBC: Federal judge throws out Obama drilling rules 
TreeHugger: Shell Oil Leak in North Sea Raises Memories of BP Gulf Oil Spill
Hosted: Smelly surprises lurk beneath Missouri River flood - When the Missouri River's floodwaters recede this fall, piles of debris, silt and some smelly surprises will be revealed.
It's hard to say exactly what's hiding under the waters, but experts said it is certain that this year's epic flood will leave behind a mammoth mess once the water returns to within the Missouri River's banks.
DailyMail: Devastating Texas drought shows no signs of letting up as East Coast lines up for ANOTHER heatwave at the end of the month

ExtinctionProtocol: Indonesia Mount Soputan volcano erupts- emits 1 km ash cloud
BBC: Homosexual zebra finches form long-term bond  
ClimateProgress: Thinning Arctic Sea Ice Poised to Undergo Record Decline in Mid-August, Volume Minimum Likely
RawStory: Severe storms batter Kentucky, leave thousands without power 
TheEconomist: Nigeria’s oil - Oil spoils:  A UN report criticises Royal Dutch Shell over pollution in Ogoniland
McClatchy: New study blames human beings for half of Arctic ice melt

America in Decline
SFGate: BART admits halting cell service to stop protesters

AtlantaJournalConstitution: Thousands line up for free dental services in Woodstock
Cryptogon: Terror Screening Watchlist Service
RawStory: Ron Paul attacks abortion in Ames speech: ‘All life is precious’
BBC: When does airport security become physical assault?
FDL: The Enlightenment in the US Faces Slow Demise
Cryptogon: Terror Screening Watchlist Service 
AlterNet: Why Is Sean Hannity So Mad You're Having Sex? 5 Ways Conservatives Attack Sexual Freedom. Conservatives' attacks on sexuality have grown more radical, in the past year alone.  
RawStory: Texas raids fund for poor to keep taxes low - Texas utility customers pay a little extra on their bills that is supposed to go into a fund to help the poor cover their own utility payments. But in a year of record heat, less than half the fund is being paid out, forcing people to do without air conditioning in triple-digit temperatures. CBS reports that the Texas legislature has repeatedly approved raiding the fund in order to balance its budget without raising taxes. By 2013, there will be $900 million sitting unspent, with no plans to ever pay it out. And not only are the poor being shortchanged, but members of the middle class who pay utility bills are being charged that extra fee which does nothing but subsidize keeping taxes low on the wealthy. This video is from CBS News, posted August 12 
RawReplay: Santorum: Abortions only ‘traumatize’ rape victims
RawStory: Ron Paul attacks abortion in Ames speech: ‘All life is precious’ 
ThinkProgress: Rick Perry Says Social Security And Medicare Are Unconstitutional 
Time: Army Suicide Rate Hits New High

Food and Water
AJC: Fecal risk to water found - EPA: Big agribusinesses that generate manure not properly inspected
A report blasting Georgia’s environmental oversight of large livestock farms has raised concerns about potential contamination of Georgia waterways with chemicals from manure.
Gawker: There Are 5 Fast Food Places for Every Grocery Store in America 
Post-Gazette: Texas plant will turn sewage into drinking water 
IBTimes: Farewell to Food Rotting: U.S. Scientists Discover Natural Preservative to Keep Food Fresh for Years

Science and Technology
Spectrum: You (YOU!) Can Take Stanford's 'Intro to AI' Course Next Quarter, For Free

Stanford has been offering portions of its robotics coursework online for a few years now, but professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig are kicking things up a notch (okay, lots of notches) with next semester's CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. For the first time, you can take this course, along with several hundred Stanford undergrads, without having to fill out an application, pay tuition, or live in a dorm.
PopSci: Driverless Car Drives 175 Miles on Busy Chinese Expressway, No GPS Necessary
IBTimes: NASA to Put Man on Space Rocks and Mars
LiveScience: Weird! Our Universe May Be a 'Multiverse,' Scientists Say - If multiple universes exist, they may collide with each other and leave behind signs in the cosmic microwave background radiation, researchers say.
NewScientist: Creepy robot head reads music and sings - The creepy humanoid head can read a simplified music score before singing the song in a synthesised voice. This is a somewhat disconcerting experience, but its developers are happy enough with their invention to claim that a collection of these singing heads could one day form part of a robotic theatre troupe.

Medical and Health
JayParkinsonMD: What happens to doctors who think outside the box?

M&C: Railway tracks draw poor Indonesians seeking cure for ills
Jakarta - Dozens of people who lie on railway tracks in Jakarta every morning and before dusk don't have a death wish. Instead, they are seeking a cure from various illnesses such as rheumatism and back pain through the low electrical current in the rails.
The unorthodox therapy has put a spotlight on the quality of health care in Indonesia, where many have no health insurance and thousands still die each year of treatable illnesses such as tuberculosis and malaria.
MedicalXpress: UN says cholera epidemic in Somalia
DisInfo: New Drug May Cure All Viruses
RobertReich: Why the New Healthcare Law Should Have Been Based on Medicare (And What Democrats Should Have Learned By Now) 
TruthOut: Cholera Outbreaks Spread Across Somalia, UN Says

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ContainerGardening: Philippine university graduate practices urban farming to answer food issues
Forbes: How To Remove Radioactive Iodine-131 From Drinking Water

Other News
MotherJones: How the Koch Brothers Funded Public School Segregation 

CBSNews: Ohio woman wakes up to blimp in backyard
LAT: Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time 
BusinessInsider: Bernie Madoff's Wife Dumps Him
TheTelegraph: At least four killed and 40 injured when stage collapses at Indiana state fair
thanks to Matt Cardin at the Teeming Brain for the following link. Good stuff!
Examiner: Four UFOs hover over residential neighborhood in Commerce, Colorado [video]

BlackListedNews: 25 Ordinary Citizens Write Iceland’s New Constitution With Help From Social Media 
Telegraph: Revealed: sex hormone plan to feminise Hitler
DisInfo: Honor Your Loved One’s Memory By Firing Away
Bloomberg: Perry Must Find Campaign Cash Beyond Rich Texas Donors
BBC: Superfast broadband gets ready to go UK-wide - High-speed internet access soon to include broadband-starved communities as government unveils £530m fund
UPI: Naked man challenged girlfriend to duel 
CNN: 'Love Kitchen' delivers for Knoxville needy
TPM: Tea Party Movement Getting Americans Steamed
CorrentWire: 2012: Big Oil vs. Big Money: The Case for Rick Perry
Slate: Straw Woman - Michele Bachmann wins, and the GOP presidential campaign kicks into a new phase.
SignonSanDiego: Issa rips Gov. Perry's 'Texas Miracle'

The Forums

TinfoilPalace:Use your real name or else. New social network will force Google+ users to identify themselves.. or leave the site
TinfoilPalace:High-tech face matching catches the rioters who caused havoc across Britain
TheOilAge:The dumbest political photo of the 2012 race
TheOilAge:The drought turns deadly
Hubberts-Arms:Hysterical Michele Bachmann flees teen gay activist in golf cart
Hubberts-Arms:Ron Paul and Peak Oil
SilentCountry:Country blasted by super-cold snap (NZ)
SilentCountry:Shock over 'respectable' lives behind masks of UK rioters

1 comment:

  1. La Curee
    You can't cry for the world, we are limited in our ragged trouser philanthropy.
    Writing of which reminds me a European art nouveau silver coin could be yours I got it very cheap so yours it is big ears if you want it.
    Go on, go on, go on...;¬)