Friday, September 23, 2011

Breaking News Fri. Sept. 23, 2011

Happy Equinox everyone!
from Accuweater: The autumnal equinox will occur at 5:04 a.m EDT, Friday, Sept. 23. This marks the point at which the sun's rays are directed over the equator, causing days and nights to be of equal duration. The word "equinox" comes from the latin meaning "equal nights." This marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
Also, this fascinating article from Matt Cardin
TheTeemingBrain: Is this psychedelic substance a real-world version of the Matrix’s “red pill”?

Here's a pretty revealing video sent in by the Ozarker this morning.
Republican Debate Audience Boos Gay Soldier Stephen Hill After DADT Repeal Question (VIDEO)

Thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their contributions and help.Don't forget RJ's massive Friday weekly round up post this afternoon.

Japan: 60,000 Strong Anti-Nuke Demonstration in Tokyo

Global Conflict
Back Home, Yemeni President Calls for Cease-fire  
LegitGov: Turkey voices readiness for Israel war

BBC: Ahmadinejad speech at UN prompts mass walkout
From Pakistan: 'Vehement Denials' And Indignation After U.S. Accusations 
WashingtonPost: Pakistan backed attacks on American targets, U.S. says
NYT: Pakistan’s Spy Agency Is Tied to Attack on U.S. Embassy 
WashingtonPost: A future for drones: Automated killing
Reuters: U.S. soldier pleads guilty to murder in Afghanistan - A second of five U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan villagers in cold blood pleaded guilty on Thursday to committing murder, saying he made a "bad decision" when he shot a teenage boy he knew was unarmed.
LegitGov: US drone kills 11 in southern Somalia

Reuters: As sparks fly, Pakistan warns U.S.: "You will lose an ally" - Pakistan warned the United States it risks losing an ally if it continued to accuse Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries.
BBC: Chile students stage mass protest for education
WilderSide: Occupy Wall Street finally releases their one demand 
WashingtonPost: U.S. Embassy in Libya reopens 
Economist: Mexico’s drug war and the internet - The spider and the web The fog of war descends on cyberspace 
MSNBC: 'We seek to achieve our right': Palestinians prepare for UN statehood bid - Abbas' strategy puts Palestinians in direct confrontation with US 
SeattleTimes: Analysis: Pakistan unlikely to cooperate with US 
Salon: Armed Services chairman: Cuts could mean draft

Hacker News
LegitGov: Communique From Anonymous - USA Day Of Vengence
FBI arrests LulzSec suspect over Sony hacking
TPM: Feds: Homeless Computer Hacker Launched 'Anonymous' Attack Over Anti-Camping Law
LegitGov: Anonymous Declares Sept. 24 'Day Of Vengence'in US
SkyNews: Phone Hacking: Lawyers To Launch US Action 
Reuters: Murdoch paper hacked minister's voice mail: sources - Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked extensively into the voice mail of a minister in Britain's former Labour government, according to three people familiar with the matter.

BBC: Phone hacking: Britons to launch US legal action

Financial News
NYT: House Republicans Regroup After Vote Blocks Spending Bill 
RobertReich: When Will Wall Street Call for More Federal Spending?
TerraDaily: Insurance market Lloyd's dives into red on catastrophes 
YahooFinance: Is Market Replaying Decade of the 1930s? 
BusinessInsider: The Total Private Market's Debt Decline Is A Glaring Warning Sign
WSJ: Plunging Currencies Complicate Inflation Fight 
ZeroHedge: Third Biggest Weekly DJIA Drop In History
CreditWritedowns: Another Freaky Friday 
ZeroHedge: Third Biggest Weekly DJIA Drop In History
ZeroHedge: TGI Failure Friday: Oslo Stock Exchange Closed For "Technical Difficults"
MaxKeiser: BTFD, But Don’t Catch a Falling Knife
CharlesHughSmith: Three More Reasons the Eurozone Is Doomed 
BusinessInsider: ROB ARNOTT: We're In The Worst Depression Since The Great Depression
ExtinctionProtocol: Crash and Burn: Dow slides -677 points in two days of trading
DailyBail: Dylan Ratigan On The Wall Street Protests: "Financial Interests Own Congress And They Make The Rules"
Reuters: Lenders press Greece to shrink state and avoid default - International lenders told Greece on Monday it must shrink its public sector to avoid running out of money within weeks, as investors spooked by political setbacks in Europe dumped risky euro zone assets.
ClimateProgress: Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Named Solyndra “Top Clean Tech Company” in 2010, Now Mocks 2009 DOE Loan
BusinessInsider: GOLDMAN: Wake Up, This Was Full-On QE3 That We Just Got
BusinessInsider: Some Notes On That "Strong" Existing Home Sales Number
HuffingtonPost: Beware the Wrong Lessons from Poverty and Income Data 
BusinessInsider: Why Half Of The World's "Safe Havens" Recently Collapsed
BBC: Asian stocks have fallen after slide in US and Europe 
MSNBC: Recession's second act would be worse than the first 
Telegraph: Fear gauge enters the red zone - Europe's debt crisis risks escalating out of control as the world economy slides towards a double-dip slump with few shock absorbers left to limit the damage.
GlobeandMail: Fed's Twist puts the squeeze on U.S. banks 
Bloomberg: El-Erian Says World Is on Eve of Another Financial Crisis
CNNMoney: Don't be fooled, too big to fail is alive and well 
Bloomberg: U.S. Economy: Consumer Sentiment Is Lowest Since Recession
HuffingtonPost: Government Shutdown Looms: House Rejects Short-Term Budget Bill
YahooNews: Michigan changing food stamp eligibility rules
WSJ: Deal Credit Gushes at Top - Times may be tough for companies with poor credit, but for well-heeled corporate borrowers it's a different world.
TheTelegraph: European banks head towards another meltdown - Fears over the state of the eurozone economy weighed heavily on the region's banking sector on Thursday as fears grew that the industry is headed for another meltdown.
BBC: Has Western capitalism failed? - Twenty years ago, the fall of communism in Eastern Europe seemed to prove the triumph of capitalism. But was that an illusion? Constant shocks to the world's financial system over the past few years prompted the BBC World Service's Business Daily programme to ask leading figures whether they thought Western capitalism had failed.

BusinessInsider: Moody's Just Downgraded 8 Greek Banks 
TaxFoundation: Combined State and Local Sales Taxes: New Report
 NakedCapitalism: Europe Must Choose
By Delusional Economics, who is unhappy with the current dumbed-down vested interest economic reporting the Australian public is force fed on a daily basis, and takes pleasure in re-reporting the news with “bad” parts removed, and a bit of contrarian balance thrown in. Cross posted from MacroBusiness
 WashingtonPost: House approves spending measure opposed by Senate; shutdown possible - Washington lurched toward another potential government shutdown crisis Friday, as the House approved a Republican-authored short-term funding measure designed to keep government running through Nov. 18 that Democrats in the Senate immediately vowed to reject.
TaxPolicyCenter: Obama’s Buffett Rule: Keep Your Eye on Capital Gains
Mish: Asia Pacific Equities Slump Following Ridiculous Pledge by G-20 
MaxKeiser: Expect new crashes unless occupywallstreet demands met!
TaxPolicyCenter: What Tax Credits Do – or Don’t Do – for Low-Income Families
Grist: Tax expenditures: a boring thing you should be outraged about 
MyBudget360: The coming failure of Operation TwistThe Federal Reserve resurrects a program from the 1960s named after the Twist Dance. Appropriate timing for a Dancing with the Stars nation.

CreditWritedowns: How the Federal Reserve came into being 
Aljazeera: The men who crashed the world - The first of a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that led to financial collapse.
BusinessInsider: The "Goldman Sachs Elevator" Is Gossiping About John Paulson, The Market, And The Insider Trader

Peak oil and Energy News
EarlyWarning: Peak Oil Capita
EarlyWarning: Per Capita Oil Consumption Around the World

Platts: EU ban does not affect existing investment in Syria's oil sector
IStockAnalyst: GE Oil & Gas to supply water re-injection related equipment to BP Iraq 
UPI: Libyan oil needs two years to recover 
API: Gasoline demand weak; total petroleum demand up slightly UK Monthly Oil Production (M3)

EnergyBulletin: Staring at the cave bear straight in the eyes: mass movements and decision taking in modern society
Mineweb: Gold, stocks plunge on US Fed announcement - Gold and stocks plunged on Thursday as investors got to grips with the most recent announcement by the US Fed and others worry that monetary policy is reaching its limits
Mineweb: Seabridge Gold ponders underground potential of gold-copper leviathan in BC - In an upcoming prefeasibility study update Seabridge Gold says it will outline underground possibilities of its KSM project in northwestern BC, Canada.

Environmental News
Gizmodo: The Deadliest Volcano In the Planet Is Ready to Explode Again
AccuWeather: Texas Fire Update: Acres Still Burning, Benefit Planned 
DesdemonaDespair: Coal’s terrible forecastAlaskaDispatch: Updated: Previously adrift barge loaded with fuel being towed to Port Clarence
ClimateProgress: Third Hottest Summer Globally, Second Warmest for U.S. With Stunning Weather Extremes, Texas Drought Worst in Centuries
ClimateProgress: Bill Clinton Slams U.S. Climate Deniers: “We Look Like a Joke”
WSJ: Drill-Rig Fire Likely to Burn for DaysEarthQuakeNews: M 6.8, Tonga
Thursday, September 22, 2011 23:07:04 UTC
Friday, September 23, 2011 12:07:04 PM at epicenter
Depth: 41.00 km (25.48 mi)
ClimateProgress: Half of All U.S. Latinos Live In The Country’s Most Polluted Cities
DesdemonaDespair: ‘Severe’ drought triggers Stage 3 water restrictions for more than 1 million in North Texas
WashingtonPost: Pity the poor dam planner - Usually, when people think about how we’ll adapt to a hotter climate, they think famine in Africa or floods in Bangladesh or dengue fever run wild. But there’s a less-appreciated headache in climate adaptation: It’s that, as Alexis Madrigal writes, much of our built environment was designed with a fairly narrow band of temperature and precipitation conditions in mind. Tweak the climate just a little, and suddenly all that infrastructure can become woefully obsolete.
ThinkProgress: September 23 News: Climate Change “Blowing In” Stronger Winds, Australia Science Agency Finds

America in Decline
Eurekalert: 1 million more children living in poverty since 2009, new census data released today shows - South hardest hit by child poverty increase
Salon: A low in jobs, mobility, marriage for young adults
IBTimes: Troy Davis Execution: Death Penalty as an Open Window to Social and Racial Discrimination?
Protesters are still angry and the case has become for many the epitome that death penalty needs to be abolished. For others, the legal-system and institution's unwillingness to spare Troy Davis' life despite no forensic evidence he killed off-duty police Officer Mark MacPhail 22 years ago and the fact that no gun was found, is a proof that America's justice system is still being affected by years of segregation directed at the African American community.
NPR: House Rejects Bill Providing Disaster Aid
CNN: Report: Border Patrol abuses widespread 
SeattleTimes: Republicans say education department should go - The Republican presidential contenders say vast parts of the Department of Education would be on the chopping block - if not completely shut down.

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: Nebraska Farmland Prices 2006-2011

Good: Are Shipping Containers the Solution to Food Deserts?

Science and Technology
AutoBlog: GM's OnStar now spying on your car for profit even after you unsubscribe? [UPDATE] 
PopSci: Mind-Reading Tech Reconstructs Videos From Brain Images
WSJ: Roll over Einstein: Law of physics challenged  - European researchers said they clocked an oddball type of subatomic particle called a neutrino going faster than the 186,282 miles per second that has long been considered the cosmic speed limit.
ScientificAmerican: Particles Found to Travel Faster than Speed of Light - Neutrino results challenge a cornerstone of Albert Einstein?'s special theory of relativity, which itself forms the foundation of modern physics.
NewScientist: Dimension-hop may allow neutrinos to cheat light speed 
Discover: What You Eat Affects Your Genes: RNA from Rice Can Survive Digestion and Alter Gene Expression
SciNewsBlog: Good News: FEMA is Prepared In Case Plunging Satellite Hits You in the Head
NASA: Download NASA Sounds
BBC: Lock of hair pins down early migration of Aborigines - A lock of hair has helped scientists to piece together the genome of Australian Aborigines and rewrite the history of human dispersal around the world.
Reuters: Human skin strengthened with spider silk can stop a bullet  
MSNBC: It's finally doomsday for NASA's falling satellite - Space agency says UARS spacecraft won't hit US, but re-entry time frame is shifting
VancouverSun: Einstein may be wrong, relatively speaking
Telegraph: Scientists map images from human brain for first time - Scientists at University of California, Berkeley, have produced first pictures of brain activity when viewing movie clips.

Medical and Health
Wired: The Humor Code: Can Talking Condoms Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies?
Guardian: Drug firms using backdoor tactics to boost sales, report reveals - Cambridge University report finds pharmaceutical firms pay doctors to use their products
ExtinctionProtocol: India culls chickens in West Bengal to contain outbreak of bird flu
MSNBC: OTC inhalers to be phased out to protect ozone layer - Asthma patients will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives by Dec. 31 as part of US efforts to protect environment 
CNN: Experts caution against stem cell treatments abroad
MSNBC: Bedbug battle leaves dozens sick, one dead - CDC report shows toll of illnesses related to using pesticides

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
DailyBail: "We Are Advising Our Clients To Put Everything They've Got Into Canned Food And Shotguns"
Good: Open-Source Blueprints Explain How to Get Off the Grid 
Grist: The bee’s knees: DIY honey craze sweeps New York - This fall marks the first full year of legal honey harvesting in New York City -- and oh how sweet it is.
Grist: Another urban garden bites the dirt
With the current groundswell of interest in urban homesteading and super-local food production, it's no surprise people are fired up about their right to garden! But it appears that the widespread, incredulous response to the case of the Michigan gardener who faced jail time for growing veggies last year wasn't enough to convince  local governments to update their urban agriculture policies.
The latest example? Adam Guerrero of Memphis, Tenn., received a citation last week for the "nuisance" caused by the raised vegetable beds and sunflower plants in his yard. This case has an especially ridiculous twist: Guerrero, a high school math teacher, uses the garden to pass his urban farming expertise on to local youth. So far this year, the after-school group has been shown how to make biodiesel, harvest honey, compost, and install solar power.
TheTelegraph: River Cottage Baking recipes: The basic bread recipe - This is a simplified bread recipe, which can be adapted to create a host of different breads, the recipes and ingredients for which are listed below, from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's River Cottage Baking.

Other News
WorldNetDaily: FBI is on your cell phone. Do you care?
Guardian: Mark Twain story formally 'unbanned' in US - Eve's Diary, embargoed in 1906 over its illustrations, formally restored to library to launch Banned Books Week
TheGuardian: The Zombie map of the world - What happens when you ask Google Maps for the location of zombies around the world?
CNN: Kidnap victim files complaint, blasting feds' 'inexcusable' lack of oversight
CalgaryHerald: Child rapist to get less time than pot grower - Incarcerated weed offenders to skyrocket
LegitGov: Ahmadinejad blasts U.S. over 'mysterious' 9/11
TheAtlantic: Capital Punishment in China
RawStory: Probe into porn shoot using LA fire trucks
SFGate: Man slain in Hayward was a gold dealer
YahooFinance: Slavery Becomes a Personal Question Online
CNN: Texas drops special last meal for death row inmates
SFGate: Man slain in Hayward was a gold dealer

USAToday: Judges free 2 men in N.C. innocence review - ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Two men who spent a decade in prison on murder charges were set free Thursday after a panel of judges in North Carolina ruled they were not guilty.
TheTelegraph: Irish pensioner 'died of spontaneous human combustion' - A pensioner whose body was found totally burned died of spontaneous human combustion, a coroner has ruled.

HuffingtonPost: How the GOP Became the Anti-Science Party 
Economist'sView: Elizabeth Warren on the Debt Crisis, Fair Taxation, and the Social Contract 
AmericanProspect: Desperately Seeking Dirt on Warren - Elizabeth Warren’s surprise lead in Massachusetts polls only days after she got into the Senate race to oust Republican Scott Brown has thrown GOP operatives off balance.
Their first storyline was that Warren was either a creature of the Beltway or a pointy-headed Harvard professor. Neither seems to be sticking.
PoliticusUSA: Tonight You’ll Meet a Pot Smoking, Pro-Choice, Tolerant GOP Contender
TPM: Rick Perry Campaign: He Never Said Social Security Is Unconstitutional!
TheTelegraph: Sarah Palin's husband Todd 'files for divorce' - Sarah Palin has been hit by more negative reports about her private life, this time suggesting that she is heading for divorce.
PoliticalTicker: Nader defends primary challenge plan
Bloomberg: Obama’s Top 2012 Fundraiser Prefers Farming to Hunting for Money 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Is Barack Obama a CIA Agent/Plant?(Video)
TinfoilPalace:Why is September 27. 2011 on Swiss Bank Notes?
TheOilAge:CERN claims faster-than-light particle measured 
TheOilAge:Cross Eye Dominance 
Hubberts-Arms:Staring down the barrel of economic disaster: Cameron warns the world as £64bill 
Hubberts-Arms:Why Are Some Americans So Shockingly Cruel? 
SilentCountry: States Struggle To Fix America's Failing Roads
SilentCountry:And the downgrades just keep on coming

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