Thursday, August 4, 2011

Breaking News Thurs. Aug. 4, 2011

Got this message in an email from a my friend Ellie the dulcimer player and I like this idea. It's simple, easy and, if enough people start doing it in even small ways it can't help but make a change.  Please feel free to copy and share this with your friends. Let's DO something! And keep in mind, this isn't us trying to do something to hurt the people of China, this is us trying to do something to help America.

AUGUST 1st to Sept. 1st

Well over 50 yrs ago I knew a lady who would not buy Christmas gifts if they were made in China. Her daughter will recognize her in the following.
Did y'all see Diane Sawyer's special report? They removed ALL items from a typical, middle class family's home that were not made in the USA .
There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they showed truckloads of items - USA made - being brought in to replace everything and talked about how to find these items and the difference in price etc..
It was interesting that Diane said if every American spent just $64 more than normal on USA made items this year, it would create something like
200,000 new jobs!
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear --- or --- is it that we just do not think. The Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets.
70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.
Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges? DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA !!
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.
THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans each refuse to buy just $20 of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our!!
Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on Aug. 1st and continue it until Sept. 1st. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
Remember, August 1st to Sept. 1st !!!!!! START NOW.
Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!
Pass it on, America ...
Well instead of doing it for just 1 month why not try to do it all the time.
Here's a really helpful link from VaMom too! Still Made in the USA  It's a great site where you can look for items that are still made in the United States. Thanks for the link VaMom! I've put it on the right with the other links of interest.
Thanks to RJ and the Ozarker for their help with links today. Wow, what busy news the past few days.
You can find them at Global Glass Onion and The Conflicted Doomer.

EnergyCollective: Turmoil at Nuclear Regulatory Agencies
Life in the post-Fukushima era for nuclear regulatory agencies in Japan and the U.S. is not  easy. In Japan the Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) is in hot water over revelations it stacked the deck at public meetings with employees of the nuclear utilities it is supposed to regulate.

NYT: Fatal Radiation Level Found at Japanese Plant
NYT: Japan Passes Law Supporting Stricken Nuclear Plant’s Operator
SeattleTimes: Japan fires senior nuke officials amid scandals
Prime Minister Naoto Kan's administration announced Thursday it was firing three senior nuclear policy officials amid scandals suggesting Japan's government had grown too cozy with the nuclear power industry.

Global Conflict
TheAtlantic: After the Arab Spring, Israel Gets Its Own Protest Movement
BBC: Rumsfeld Iraq 'torture' suit given go-ahead
A US judge has ruled that a former American military contractor who claims he was tortured in Iraq can sue former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
McClatchy: Not only Arab countries in turmoil; protests wrack Israel
TinfoilPalace: China PR offensive: West has nothing to fear
OilPrice: Brazil Reiterates Support for Argentina over Falklands
BBC: Egypt al-Adly trial: Gun evidence shown in court
Guns, ammunition casings and grenades allegedly used in attacks on Egyptian protesters earlier this year have been shown in court in the capital, Cairo.
TheNation: The Secret War in 120 Countries
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done...for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the US military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now.
CNN: Assad decrees Syria reform, state media reports

Hacker News
CSMonitor: Massive global cyberattack hits US hard: Who could have done it?
Cybersecurity firm McAfee says it infiltrated a 'command and control' server with detailed logs of five years of cyberattacks against targets ranging from the US government to the World Anti-Doping Agency. McAfee suggests a country was behind it. Experts suspect China.
Reuters: 'State actor' behind slew of cyber attacks
RawStory: DHS calls Anonymous hackers untalented ‘script kiddies,’ warns of future attacks
A Department of Homeland Security threat assessment released publicly this week labels hackers with the online protest group "Anonymous" as possessing only "rudimentary" hacking skills, calling them "script kiddies" who use exploits created by others to break into secured systems.
However, the department warns that a more talented faction of Anonymous hackers, who split off recently to form "LulzSec," exhibit more "creativity" in their attacks and could become a more serious threat if a "higher-level actor" provided them with "more advanced capabilities."
VancouverSun: Massive cyber attack hit Canadian government, companies

Financial News
NYT: The rich are (almost) spending like it's 2006
Luxury goods are flying off the shelves, even with the economy staggering
CNBC: China Rating Agency Downgrades US Debt
Tutor2U: Excellent graphic - 4 components that make up US GDP
YahooFinance: The Plastic Ceiling: Credit Cards You Can't Have
Consumers generally accept that the best credit cards are reserved for members of the credit elite, but there are some cards that even a perfect credit score can't guarantee.
"There are cards that are invitation only," Beverly Harzog, an expert with, tells MainStreet.
The most widely known of these elusive credit cards is the American Express Black Centurion. Amex (NYSE: AXP - News) refrains from formally disclosing the terms and conditions of the card; the only thing that a curious visitor can learn from perusing the issuer's website is that the Centurion is "rarely seen, always recognized."
ActivistPost: Scottish academic encourages selling kidneys to pay off student loan debt 
CNNMoney: Extreme debtors
The government isn't the only one with a debt problem. These seven people are drowning in debt and many don't see a light at the end of the tunnel.
CapitalGainsAndGames: Joint Select Committee On deficit reduction Has Been Set Up To Fail
BusinessInsider: Deficit Super Committee: A Peek At The Short List
WSJ: Consumer Moods Sour More in August
Money: Can't find a job? Try looking in China. China Wants to Hire You -- Should You Go?
YahooFinance: Is a Double-Dip Recession on the Horizon?
NYT: When Havens Fight Back 
Reuters: Special report: How Washington took the U.S. to the brink
(Reuters) - The world's largest economy was headed toward an unprecedented default, and all Washington wanted to talk about was the manner in which the president had left a room.

Spiegel: The World from Berlin: 'The Biggest Loser is the Average American'
TheEconomist: The ECB realises inflation may not be Europe's biggest worry just now 
FDL: White House Has Several Unused Options When It Comes to Jobs
Hosted: GM profit doubles as global sales and prices rise
npr: The Swiss Franc Soars As Markets Dip, And That Worries The Swiss
BusinessInsider: Another Worrisome Similarity Between 2011 And 2008
Bloomberg: Powerful China Rail Ministry May Face Breakup
BusinessInsider: WHOOPS: Now The French Market Is Broken, Too
WSJ: A Wish of E-Shoppers Everywhere, Now in China
DeclineoftheEmpire: The Consumption House Of Cards Falls Apart
RawReplay: Frank Rich: Americans immured to Murdoch’s way of business 
USAToday: A dozen donors account for bulk of 'super PAC' money 
MyBudget360: The 20 year financial depression in American real estate. Why housing will remain a poor investment well into 2020.
YahooFinance: Oil down near $91 amid grim US, EU economy outlook
Oil down to near $91 in Europe amid investor pessimism about US, Europe economic growth  

Hosted: Unemployment aid applications tick down to 400K 
Guardian: Kraft to slice itself in two
US conglomerate will split into an international snack business including Cadbury and a North American operation with established names such as Maxwell House
(they are selling their North American mkt. to be able to concentrate more on selling to emerging markets. Bloomeberg radio.)
WSJ: Jobless Claims Remain Elevated 
Guardian: Emerging economies to beat G7 growth
PwC report says largest emerging economies will account for greater proportion of global growth in next two years than G7
FDL: The Next Debt Ceiling Deal Will Likely Be Much Worse
EconMonitor: Giving Up Without Even Trying
WSJ: Round Number Alert: S&P Flirts With 10% Correction
USDOL: Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces $1.6 million in funding for the 'Add Us In' initiative 
Zerohedge: More On The 2011 Edition Of US-Japan Open Currency Warfare: "This Is Just The Beginning"
According to Credit Suisse, this is just the beginning of Transpacific central banking warfare. Per Dow Jones: "The Japanese Ministry of Finance's JPY-selling operation Thursday may be the first in a series of interventions over the coming weeks to curb further rises in the unit, and may have come Thursday in part as the Swiss National Bank's move Wednesday to weaken its own currency made it easier for Japan also to step in, says Koji Fukaya, director of fixed income and global foreign exchange research at Credit Suisse. "This may be the start of a number of actions, depending on the yen moves in the weeks ahead," Fukaya says. The SNB's move Wednesday means Japan's own move "could be considered as a kind of coordinated action" in response to broad USD weakness, he says. As traders say the MOF has so far sold under Y500 billion, Fukaya says the total size ahead could rise as high as Y2 trillion, though the move Thursday should be enough to send USD/JPY above 79.00 later, where it should stabilize in coming sessions. The pair is now at 78.32, from 77.10 earlier." To anyone trading in these 100% correlated markets, which are now nothing but a battleground for those who yield the global electronic fiat printing presses, good luck.
AmericanProspect: Please Congress, Can I Have Some More?
The budget deal dismayed liberals, but conservatives are just as dissatisfied.
Reuters: Italy prosecutors seize Moody's, S&P documents
Aug 4 (Reuters) - Italian prosecutors have seized documents at the offices of rating agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's in a probe over suspected "anomalous" fluctuations in Italian share prices, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
NPR: Unemployment In Your State (Cont'd)
TheTelegraph: Fears rise over Europe's health as economy stalls
The eurozone economy was close to stagnant in July, with output from the at-risk nations of Italy and Spain contracting outright, a leading monthly survey showed.
NYT: Large Banks in Europe Struggle With Weak Bonds
ZeroHedge: More On The 2011 Edition Of US-Japan Open Currency Warfare: "This Is Just The Beginning"
Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Visits Drop as Added Products Fail to Draw Buyers
MSNBC: Strapped states cutting unemployment benefits
'Unprecedented' moves even as joblessness stays high, new report says
SeattleTimes: More workers quit even amid high joblessness
Frustrated employees are voluntarily quitting their jobs at the highest level in almost three years as confidence they will find another stabilizes, even with unemployment at about 9 percent for more than two years.
CNNMoney: Unemployment benefits at risk
Zerohedge: Wall Street Warns Tim Geithner That The Dollar Is Starting To Lose Its Reserve Status
ReutersVideo: 5 things you don't know about the debt deal

Peak oil and Energy News
TransitionVoice: Jilted by another smooth-talking oilman
(Institute for Energy Research) The IER is a classic oil-industry front group with funding from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and other oily nasties set up to deny climate science and claim that the world has a nearly limitless supply of fossil fuels remaining. So no surprise that they’re trying to get deep offshore drilling started again. You can’t just let those platforms sit around at a million bucks a day. Too much of that looks terrible on the quarterly report.
Guardian: Iran revolutionary guards commander becomes new president of Opec
Rostam Ghasemi joins Ahmadinejad cabinet as oil minister, automatically making him head of global oil organisation
IBTimes: For a Quick-Read on the U.S. Economy, Check the Price of Oil
The price of oil is a good, rough barometer for the U.S. economy. Don't misunderstand: it's not a perfect barometer, but it does provide a rough indicator of how the U.S. economy is faring, as well as the outlook for the world's largest economy.
Grist: China is going to increase its solar capacity 10-fold in the next five years.
China is going to increase its solar capacity 10-fold in the next five years. Driving this solar great leap forward will be the "feed-in tariff" -- Chinese citizens who install solar panels will be paid 15 cents for every kilowatt-hour they produce. Germany uses the same strategy, and as a result it has more solar power than any other country in the world.
platts: Petrochemical Reaction
US debt ceiling: A scary moment for the petchems industry
OilPrice: Coal and Ethanol Are Not Alternative Energy Policy
OilPrice: Electricity Prices to Soar
Forbes: Oman To Build Solar-Powered Oil Field
PostCarbonInstitute: The Peak Oil Crisis: Parsing the GDP
Lost in the furor over the debt crisis last week came the news that the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of only 0.4 percent in the first quarter and 1.3 percent in the second. As these numbers were well below what economists were expecting, the revelation that the US was not coming out of the "great recession" was quite a shock for those who have not been paying attention.
UPI: Growth slowing in EU biofuels market
ArgusLeader: Thune hopes to help ethanol after credit lost in debt deal

IBTimes: Gold Surges 3.8% in Japanese Yen as Yen Falls Sharply and Global Currency Wars Resume
OilPrice: China's Rare Earth Industry Coming under Greater Environmental Scrutiny

Environmental News
TreeHugger: Canadian Government Fires Environment Ministry Scientists and Meteorologists, Hires Oil Lobbyists 
ColumbusDispatch: Near-record Arctic melt opens cargo route
CNN: Heat spell extends another day in southern U.S.
PatriciaShannon: NOAA study: Slowing climate change by targeting gases other than carbon dioxide
TheAtlantic: How Biofuels Are Destroying Indigenous Communities in Malaysia 
ClimateProgress: Mysterious Nationwide Heat Wave Causes Exploding Sidewalks and a Blood-Red Reservoir
IReport: Whale caught in Klamath River, California
CNN: Haiti in calm before tropical storm
AccuWeather: "A tropical storm watch should be issued for southeast Florida today"
FarmPress: Glyphosate resistant pigweed arrives in Virginia

MediaMatters: SpongeBob SquarePants Makes An Enemy
Fox News repeatedly criticized a SpongeBob SquarePants book and video about manmade global warming because "they did not tell kids that that is actually a disputed fact." In reality, it is not controversial among the mainstream scientific community that humans are changing the climate.
SetYouFreeNews: Iraq Hit By Extreme Weather As Temperature Reaches 52 Degrees Celsius
Extreme weather in Iraq where temperatures reached 52 degrees Celsius (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on early Tuesday afternoon, forecasters said.
ExtinctionProtocol: Reykjanes peninsula earthquake swarm off the coast of Iceland

Reuters: Alaska study finds female moose manipulate males to fight
(Reuters) - Moose-mating season, just around the corner in Alaska, means crisp fall days, ripe berries on the bushes and, according to a new study, animal behavior that might seem more at home in a rowdy singles bar.
Reuters: Bears saved from forced vodka drinking
(Reuters) - Ukraine's Environment Minister Mykola Zlochevsky vowed on Wednesday to free all bears kept in restaurants for entertainment purposes and often forced to drink alcohol, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.
GlobeandMail: Hybrid grizzly-polar bears a worrisome sign of the North’s changing climate
IBTimes: Crop Circles Caused by Drug-Fueled Wallabies in Australia
ExtinctionProtocol: Alert level raised for Alaska’s Mount Cleveland volcano
NOAA: NOAA's Atlantic hurricane season update calls for increase in named storms
Forecasters have higher confidence for an active season

America in Decline
Grist: Fox News public enemy #1: Spongebob Squarepants
CNN: Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute
OurFuture: Delta's Greed Helps Shut Down The FAA
YahooNews: Fewer cops, more potholes: How debt deal could hit states hardest
Federal spending cuts mean fewer dollars will flow to the states for unemployment benefits, education, health care, and other state-run programs. Many states will have to cut services or raise taxes.

Food and Water
USFoodPolicy: Feeding 9 billion
MarlerBlog: Cargill to Recall 35,709,675 Pounds of Fresh Ground Turkey Due to Salmonella Heidelberg Risk
Bloomberg: Wheat Drops as Demand for U.S. Exports May Weaken on Russian Production 
PBS: Heat Wave, Drought Create 'Grim' Crop Yields for Farmers in Plains, South
USFoodPolicy: The cost of nutrients
CNN: Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

Science and Technology
npr: Early Earth May Have Been Orbited By Two Moons
The early Earth had two moons instead of just one — our familiar moon, as well as a smaller companion moon that also rose and set in the sky for tens of millions of years.
NewScientist: BakeBot robot cooks a cookie from scratch

Medical and Health
Wired: Highly Resistant Salmonella: Poultry, Antibiotics, Borders, Risk
MotherJones: What the USDA Doesn't Want You to Know About Antibiotics and Factory Farms
Here is a document the USDA doesn't want you to see. It's what the agency calls a "technical review"—nothing more than a USDA-contracted researcher's simple, blunt summary of recent academic findings on the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant infections and their link with factory animal farms. The topic is a serious one. A single antibiotic-resistant pathogen, MRSA—just one of many now circulating among Americans—now claims more lives each year than AIDS.
FDA: Preservation of Antibiotics For Medical Treatment Act of 2009
DailyMail: Smoke, drink, eat the wrong food and live to 100... if you've  inherited the right genes
NYT: Pfizer Is Said to Pursue Nonprescription Lipitor

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
WikiHow: How to React to Gunfire
CanadianDoomer: Setsuden - Word of the Decade 
PreparednessPro: More Cheese Wax Controversy??

Other News
 MiamiHerald: Six dozen charged in child pornography crackdown
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has charged 72 members of an online child pornography ring that encouraged its members to engage in pedophilic acts with children ages 12 and under and submit gruesome, violent material in order to build a massive private database of images and videos on the Internet.
DisInfo: The Myth of Work Vs. The Reality of Abuse
TexasTribune: Perry's Surgery Included Experimental Stem Cell Therapy
Telegraph: Singing construction worker soothes commuters 
Good: Summer Fun: Watch a Movie at a Theater Made of Refrigerators 
Good: Evidence: Dazed Expressions of Children Watching TV
Evidence looks into the eyes of children watching television—in this case Walt Disney’s “Dumbo." Though engaged in a daily routine, they appear drugged, retarded, like the patients of a mental hospital. Evidence is about the behavior of children watching television—an activity whose physiological aspects have been overlooked in the current controversy surrounding television.
Slate: Mystery Money for Romney
RawStory: Air France had policy to protect female employees from Strauss-Kahn

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Is that a face in the clouds? Footage shows spooky shape shifting display that formed during Canadian storm 
TinfoilPalace:'Freaked out' BBC reporter tells millions of radio listeners of the moment he faced a UFO on his way to work
TheOilAge:More indications of slump 
TheOilAge:Mass protests sweep Israel 
Hubberts-Arms:COINTELPRO, Zombies and Trolls on Collapsenet’s site
Hubberts-Arms:SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.. GOLD OFF 30 Market coming back? 
SilentCountry:PBS: Killer Stress
SilentCountry:ts Flat Line Thursday..keepin an eye on the DOW

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