Monday, August 29, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Aug. 29, 2011

Good Monday to everyone! Sorry I'm running late, been busy this morning.
Here's something from Guy McPherson! A favorite of this blog.
And this from Guy McPherson
I'm a big fan of Guy's work and if you haven't checked out his site yet, you should give it a visit. Looks like he's going to be doing some videos and posting them there that will be of vital interest to people who are looking for sustainable alternatives to BAU.

thanks to RJ and the Ozarker at Global Glass Onion and Conflicted Doomer, but sure to check out their great blogs today! Ozarker has another of her wonderful articles up. Irene.  And go visit our forums that are linked at the bottom of this post.
gotta run and finish plalting the fall garden! See you all tomorrow!

VancouverSun: Opinion: Japan’s new prime minister takes over a nation in crisis

Global Conflict
RightWingWatch: "It Is Dominion We Are After. World Conquest ... And We Must Never Settle For Anything Less"
BusinessInsider: Goldman Sachs And JPMorgan Are Holding $1.1 Billion In Qaddafi's Government Assets 
CNN: U.S. official: Al Qaeda's No. 2 has been killed
SeattlePI: Lockerbie bomber in coma, near death, brother says
TheTelegraph: Pervez Musharraf's Pakistan property confiscatedA court has confiscated property and frozen bank accounts belonging to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's exiled former military ruler, over accusations he failed to protect Benazir Bhutto from assassination.
theAtlantic: The Quest for Libya's Frozen Assets
Reuters: UPDATE 2-Libya-Europe gas pipeline repaired - rebels
Telegraph: Libya: Up to 50,000 people imprisoned by Gaddafi regime are missing, rebels claim 
Time: Eyewitness Account: The Liberation of Gaddafi's Notorious Abu Slim Prison
ActivistPost: Libya: The Greatest Betrayal
In handing Libya to Al Qaeda, the line has been forever crossed.
BBC: Who might lead Libya after Gaddafi?
ActivistPost: Israeli leaders urge Western nations to present Iran with a credible military threat
AsiaTimes: How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli
BBC: Mexico casino arson: Five arrested over Monterrey attack
Mexican police have arrested five men in connection with the arson attack that killed 52 people in a casino in the northern city of Monterrey.
Reuters: Libyans squeeze Gaddafi bastion, Tripoli revives
Guardian: Iranian sentenced to death for scientist's murder
Majid Jamali-Fashi confessed to killing Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in what Tehran claimed was a sponsored assassination for Israel
Guardian: Gaza's girl surfer battles pollution and prejudice
Sabah Abu Ghanim, 12, says she is encouraging her friends to join her in making the most of Palestine's blockaded coastline
CNN: Witness: Gadhafi's troops killed nearly 150 prisoners
CNN: Luxury, horror lurk in Gadhafi family compound

Hacker News
CNN: iPhone hacker Comex says he's landed an internship ... at Apple

Financial News
Telegraph: European banks set cash test by IMF chiefEuropean banks face ordeal by fire this week after the International Monetary Fund called for “urgent” action to shore up their defences, if necessary with state money and under legal compulsion. PERSONAL INCOME AND OUTLAYS: JULY 2011
USAToday: Fears grow that August will show net loss in jobs picture
DylanRatigan: The Cost of Corporate Communism  
Reuters: "Act now" to save global recovery, IMF chief urges
Reuters: Analysis: Economic leaders fear policy paralysis - The heads of the U.S. Federal Reserve, IMF and OECD stepped up pressure on political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to shake off their inertia and tackle urgent economic problems.

Telegraph: Euro bail-out in doubt as 'hysteria' sweeps GermanyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has enough coalition votes in the Bundestag to secure backing for Europe's revamped rescue machinery, threatening a consitutional crisis in Germany and a fresh eruption of the euro debt saga.
JOC: China Shipping Warns of Persistent Downturn
YahooRealEstate: Demolishing a Vegas Hotel Before its Grand Opening
 The days of the Harmon Hotel tower in Las Vegas may be numbered -- even before the hotel welcomes a single guest. Begun during the Las Vegas high-rise condo boom, the hotel tower -- first proposed as a 49-story mixed-use condo and hotel project -- is an empty, if flashy, shell that its owner, MGM Resorts International, seeks to demolish.
TheTelegraph: Christine Lagarde: EU banks must raise more cash
Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has called for European banks to be forced to raise more cash as the world economy enters a "dangerous new phase" which could end in recession.
Guardian: UBS may start to charge banks for holding Swiss francs
Bank clients that keep large balances in the safe-haven currency will pay for the privilege
TruthOut: Recession Has Lit the Fuse on Explosive Student Debt
MPettisChinaFinancialMarkets: Some predictions for the rest of the decade
Bloomberg: S&P 500 at Reagan Recession Values After $2.3 Trillion Drop 
WashingtonPost: Consumer fears put economy on the brink 
CNBC: EU Working on ‘Radical’ Plan for Banks: Report 
NYT: Profits Falling, Banks Confront a Leaner Future
CNBC: World Economy Facing ‘Lean’ 7 Years: German FinMin
CurrentMoment: Urbanomics: The Age of Debt in graphics The I-word - “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man,” said Ronald Reagan in 1978, as nervous citizens imagined the day when they’d have to push a wheelbarrow full of cash to the grocery store in order to buy a loaf of bread.
Spiegel: The World from Berlin
German Foreign Minister 'Has Lost All Authority'
YahooFinance: Part-time workers: More now fine without full-time jobs
Unemployment remains a huge concern, but the underemployment problem isn't as bad as it used to be. Fewer part-time workers are looking for full-time work -- because they don't mind working part-time after all.
BusinessInsider: New Sweatshop Scandals For Disney, Mattel And Apple
WSJ: Obama to Tap Krueger as Top Economist
Blooomberg: Endorsing a Blank-Check Company Requires a Leap of Faith: View
ThecurrentMoment: Productivity, Inequality, Poverty « thecurrentmoment
Spiegel: Facing the Crisis: Time to Get Angry, Europe
FP: The Kingdom of Magical Thinking
Widely assumed to be a fabulously wealthy welfare state, Saudi Arabia is in fact an economic basket case waiting to happen.
Reuters: Federal government to help reimburse states for Irene damage -Hurricane Irene could cost U.S. state and local governments billions of dollars in damages, but funds from the federal government might ultimately cover much of this expense.
WSJ: Video: Who Is Alan Krueger?

Peak oil and Energy News
TheEconomist: Marine energy in Scotland
A rising tide? A remote town hopes to become a clean-energy hub
MSN: Libya's oil towns struggle to get back to work
Optimism, though no timeline, about when country's crude industry will resume
TheOilDrum: Natural Gas: The Squeeze at the Bottom of the Resource Triangle
Theoretically, we have a very large amount of resources of many kinds available–oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, gold, fresh water. There is a relatively small amount of high quality, inexpensive-to-extract resources, and we tend to extract those first. From there, we move to lower quality resources that are more expensive to extract. The question comes: How do we reach limits for the extraction of any of the resources?

ActivistPost: Thieves Steal 175,000 Feet Of Copper Wire From Overhead Lights On I-95

Environmental News
LAT: Betting the farm against climate changeGlobal warming is extracting real costs, even in states where the governors are in denial.
NOAA: Welcome to the Northeast River Forecast Center
VancouverSun: Hurricane Irene: New York City avoids serious damage as storm shambles through north
CNNMoney: Hurricane Irene damage could reach billions 
BusinessInsider: IN PICTURES: Vermont Suffers The Worst Flooding In A Century
MotherJones: Can You Nuke a Hurricane?
RawStory: 5 things the media isn’t telling you about human activity and earthquakes
RawStory: ‘Smelly’ sea water inundates Coney Island
NEW YORK — The rain started to taper off, the sun began to come out of hiding and then with a sudden ferocity, dirty sea water poured into the New York coastline, sweeping up motorists who raced for safety.
WSJ: Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear
iolNews: Ash forces air traffic rerouteMoscow - Ash thrown kilometres into the sky by an increasingly active volcano in a remote Russian Pacific coast territory has forced a reroute of international air traffic, government officials said on Monday.
Hurricane Irene 2011 Photos: Pictures Of Storm Battering East Coast (PHOTOS)
TreeHugger: Hurricane Irene Pushes August Into Wettest Month On Record For New York City

theGlobeandMail: Tens of thousands without power as remnants of Irene lash Eastern Canada Give Us Back our Wild Flowers
JHKunstler: Katrina in Vermont
      The same creeping nausea that followed the CNN 'all clear' sign in New Orleans six years ago happened again yesterday. Anderson Cooper seemed a little peeved that the lights didn't go out in Manhattan, but then the remnants of Hurricane Irene stomped up the Hudson Valley and stalled a while and commenced to rip apart the Catskills, the eastern Adirondacks, the Mohawk and upper Hudson valleys, and then almost all of Vermont, not to mention New Hampshire and western Massachusetts, and I can't even tell you much about whatever's going on in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland this morning.
Alnews: Scientists: Oil fouling Gulf matches Deepwater Horizon well (photo gallery, video)
PatriciaShannon: Summer Drought Limits the Positive Effects of CO2 and Heat On Plant Growth in Future Climate
CNN: Life in 'trash land' captured by photographer
(CNN) -- For some living in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, making a living from other people's waste is their only means of survival.
Env-Encon: Picture of the day: another view of a brand new inlet

America in Decline
MSN: The American working man slowly fades away
BlackListedNews: The Fruits of Elite Immunity: Exonerating Bush Era War Criminals 
IPEZone: Changing of the Guard: Migrate to China, Not US 
Talk2Action: Quotes on Dominionism From the Apostles and Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation

Food and Water
Grist: Monsanto fail: GMO crops are losing their pest control powers
Monsanto crops bred to thwart western corn rootworms, which love eating corn roots, are no longer are doing their job. The rootworms developed a resistance to the natural pesticide the crops produced and are chowing down.

Science and Technology
MSNBC: Scientists: Dolphins seen using shells to catch fish
Expert wonders whether animals — known for wearing sponge on their heads as a cap — are engaging in 'actual tool use'
CNN: At 20, Linux is invisible, ubiquitous

Medical and Health
This from EyeWideOpen at HA
AJC: UN warns of bird flu resurgence, new Asian strain
MSNBC: With prices rising, fewer health insurance options
Some employers are cutting back, or eliminating coverage; COBRA subsidy ending
TheChart: Semi-sweet news for chocolate lovers

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
Grist: Teen acres [VIDEO]
This week's installment finds us in Portland, Ore., where I really wanted to make a Portlandia-inspired episode. It didn't quite happen, but there were plenty of moments that reminded us of the show -- like getting free valet parking because we were driving a hybrid. We also decided to visit an ultra-practical and amazing farm project called Janus Food Works, where we found young people from Portland getting paid to farm (it's about time) and selling the produce they'd grown. After filming with the kids, we created a meal with their crop for the Plate and Pitchfork farm dinner series. We felt it only fair to invite the kids to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Check out the video to see these young farmers in action:
ContainerGardening: How to combat hunger and malnutrition? Let’s grow fresh food in containers (Jimmy PIOQUINTO / Willem Van Cotthem)
BigPictureAgriculture: An Organic Farmer Talks About Working to Supply an Oregon Farmers Market

Other News
Thanks to Matt Cardin at the Teeming Brain for the following link and tweet
The Futurist's Dilemma: Any believable prediction is probably wrong. Unbelievable ones are probably right.
TheTechnium: The Futurist's Dilemma

BusinessInsider: Colin Powell Slams Dick Cheney's 'Supermarket Tabloid' Memoir
RawReplay: Rick Perry: Social Security is a ‘monstrous lie’
RawStory: Poll suggests Americans starting to blame GOP for gridlock
CBSNews: Bachmann jokes hurricane, earthquake message from God to politicians on spending
BusinessInsider: Cantor: Spending Cuts Must Offset Post-Irene Federal Disaster Relief
NPR: Wisconsin Town Bars Republicans From Labor Day Parade
TPM: Santorum: The Gay Community Is On A ‘Jihad’ Against Me
Rick Santorum really does not like the political activism that gay people have launched against him, ever since his 2003 remarks comparing the legalization of gay sex and gay marriage to pedophilia, bestiality and incest.
MSNBC: Bachmann says she'd consider Everglades drilling

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