Friday, October 14, 2011

Breaking News Fri. Oct. 14, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone has had a great week, I'm in art mode lately and having a great time making things.
I saw this bit of Southern insanity and wanted to share it with you. I can't for the life of me see how this is legal. Surely it will be overturned!
Cryptogon: Insane Ban on Cash Transactions in Louisiana
putting the screws on average people just trying to make a little money selling used junk.
Good God! How stupid is that? Pretty damned stupid!

Don't forget to check out RJ's weekly wrapup  at Global Glass Onion this afternoon, and Saturday,  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  usually posts one of her wonderful essays for us, don't miss it! 

BarnettShale: China planning wave of new nuclear plants to meet soaring power demand, curb pollution
Meltdowns of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan last March have put a chill on much of the world’s nuclear power industry — but not in China.
Bloomberg: Radium, not Fukushima, Source of Western Tokyo Radiation Spike
Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Radioactive radium-226 was the source of a high radiation reading in Tokyo’s Setagaya district yesterday, officials said, ruling out the possibility it may have come from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors.
Bloomberg: Fukushima Clean-Up Attracts Bids for $14 Billion in Projects
Here's something important from RJ, I'm just going to copy and paste the entire thing from the email he sent me. he's right too this is scary stuff.
Radiation all over Japanese news (repost)
Just a repost from yesterday's DD (just a few hours for me :) because frankly, this is getting scary. Here are this week's headlines from this site

Global Conflict
RawStory: ‘Indignant’ protests to sweep across world — “Indignant” activists, angered by a biting economic crisis they blame on politicians and bankers, vow to take to the streets worldwide on Saturday in a protest spanning 71 nations.
RawStory: New York City Councilmembers urge Bloomberg not to evict ‘Occupy Wall Street’ - Thirteen members of the New York City Council on Thursday urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to allow the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to remain camped out at Zuccotti Park. “We are writing to appeal to your not to enforce new rules at Liberty Plaza that would effectively evict the Occupy Wall Street protest,” they wrote in a letter. “Please respect the deep traditions of free speech and right of assembly that make this a great, free, diverse, and opinionated city and nation.”
NYCgov: Office of the Mayor
NYCgov: Contact the Mayor
JDeanIcite: Update: Occupy Wall Street Responds to Bloomberg’s Cleaning ‘Eviction Notice’ | The New York Observer

    Tell Bloomberg: Don’t Foreclose the Occupation.
    Join us at 6AM FRIDAY for non-violent eviction defense.

    Please take a minute to read this, and please take action and spread
    the word far and wide.

    Occupy Wall Street is gaining momentum, with occupation actions now
    happening in cities across the country.

    But last night Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD notified Occupy Wall
    Street participants about plans to “clean the park”—the site of the
    Wall Street protests—tomorrow starting at 7am. “Cleaning” was used as
    a pretext to shut down “Bloombergville” a few months back, and to shut
    down peaceful occupations elsewhere.

    Bloomberg says that the park will be open for public usage following
    the cleaning, but with a notable caveat: Occupy Wall Street
    participants must follow the “rules”. These rules include, “no tarps
    or sleeping bags” and “no lying down.”

    So, seems likely that this is their attempt to shut down #OWS for good.

    1) Call 311 and tell Bloomberg to support our right to assemble and to
    not interfere with #OWS. If you are calling from outside NY use this
    number 212-NEW-YORK.

    2) Come to #OWS on FRIDAY AT 6AM to defend the occupation from eviction.

    Occupy Wall Street is committed to keeping the park clean and safe —
    we even have a Sanitation Working Group whose purpose this is. We are
    organizing major cleaning operations today and will do so regularly.

    If Bloomberg truly cares about sanitation here he should support the
    installation of portopans and dumpsters. #OWS allies have been working
    to secure these things to support our efforts.

    We know where the real dirt is: on Wall Street. Billionaire Bloomberg
    is beholden to bankers.
    We won’t allow Bloomberg and the NYPD to foreclose our occupation.
    This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic.
ICite: Occupy Wall Street protesters will not be allowed to bring sleeping bags, tents back into Zuccotti Park -
 The city’s top cop said today that the Occupy Wall Street protesters who clear out of Zuccotti Park tomorrow so their filthy makeshift campsite can get a much-needed cleaning can come back when the job is finished -- but they can’t take their tents, coolers and other gear with them.
 “People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, “After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park.”

AddictingInfo: Family Research Council Calls For Prayers Against Occupy Wall Street Protesters
RawStory: State senator worries ‘smelly hippies’ occupying Denver could attack police
Colorado state Sen. Greg Brophy blasted Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for failing to remove the “Occupy Denver” protesters who have been camping at the state Capitol since September 22.
“When you have a failure of leadership bad things happen,” Brophy wrote in a column on a conservative blog. “The moment the first tent was allowed on the Capitol grounds we had the initial failure in leadership. Now, there are reports of upwards of 40 tents and there is no end in sight to the flaunting of the law.”
He warned that “a smelly hippie who wants to make a name for himself” could end up hurting a state trooper if the governor failed to act immediately.
MSN: Clashes as Occupy protesters march on Wall Street
At least 10 arrests; 500 protesters on the move; police on horseback and scooters trying to push them off street
Clashes broke out between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police on horses and scooters as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Stock Exchange on Friday, NBC News reported.
CSMonitor: Used-car salesman as Iran proxy? Why assassination plot doesn't add up for experts.
The US has blamed the specialist Qods Force in an Iran assassination plot. But those who track the group say the plot doesn't reflect the careful planning, efficiency, and strategy the Qods Force is known for.
SHTFPlan: Absurdity of Iranian Assassination Allegations: If This Was a Hollywood Script it Would Go In the Garbage Immediately
Spiegel: The Merkel Doctrine - Tank Exports to Saudi Arabians Signal German Policy Shift 
Salon: The “very scary” Iranian Terror plot - The most difficult challenge in writing about the Iranian Terror Plot unveiled yesterday is to take it seriously enough to analyze it.
IBTimes: Libya owes $1 bln for fuel for revolution
MSNBC: Rebels say Gadhafi loyalists on brink of collapse in Sirte
Report: New government's troops say just 100 to 200 enemy fighters remain in ousted dictator's hometown
Telegraph: Viktor Bout 'wanted to kill Americans'
A former Soviet military officer was willing to sell "staggering quantities" of weapons and explosives to anti-American rebels to make millions of dollars, a US prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday as the trial of a man dubbed the Merchant of Death began.
WashingtonPost: Twin explosions in eastern Baghdad kill 17 people, officials say
CNN: Iranian 'plots' and American hubris
CNN: Some analysts skeptical of alleged Iranian plot
CNN: U.S. official: 'Multiple' sources strengthen case against Iran

Hacker News
Cryptogon: Facebook Reportedly Can Track Web Browsing Without Cookies
Reuters: Investor group to vote against Murdochs at NewsCorp AGM - Rupert Murdoch's campaign to keep control of News Corporation suffered a fresh blow on Friday after another key shareholder group called for his eviction from the board of the embattled media company.

Financial News
Cryptogon: Pentagon Can’t Demonstrate Funds Are Being Spent as Intended
yahooFinance: Why Mortgage Rates Are Rising
YahooFinance: Class warfare: Who pays fair share of taxes?
BusinessInsider: The Obvious "Operation Twist" Bet Is Already Failing
WSJ: Record Jail Term for Rajaratnam
Raj Rajaratnam, the face of the biggest trading scandal in a generation, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday, the longest-ever term handed down for an insider case. 
DailyBail: Too Big To Fail Or Too Big Too Indict - Government Capture By The Big 4 Accounting Firms
Zerohedge: Dollar Printing Uses 9.7 Tons Of Ink Per Day, And Other Fast Facts About The US Dollar
Bloomberg: European Rescue Plan Takes Shape as G-20 Ministers Meet
CSMonitor: Why China 'trade war' bill is tying House Republicans in knots - House Republicans are blocking a vote on a bill to punish China for currency manipulation. Leaders say it could unleash a trade war, but many rank and file want to take China to task.
MyBudget360: Middle class do worse in current economic recovery – median household income falls faster during recovery than during recession. S&P 500 up 77 percent in recovery while home values are neutral or down in many areas.
USAToday: Congress funnels deficit-cutting ideas to 'supercommittee'
BusinessInsider: Boomer Demographics: The Big Shift Ahead 
NYT: U.S. and China Data Highlight Weakness in Global Economy
CNNMoney: Buffett Rule could hit 25% of the very rich 
MSN: Pay for America's highest-paid CEO tops $131 million - And, pay attention Occupy Wall Street, he doesn't even work for a bank or financial firm 

McClatchy: Commentary: Political insanity and the economy
WSJ: After the Tape: Main Street Volatility
Bloomberg: Morgan Stanley Credit Risk Plunges as Optimism Grows on Europe
Reuters: Fitch puts three U.S. banks on review for downgrade * BofA, Morgan Stanley, Goldman on negative watch -Fitch
CNBC: Spain Credit Rating Downgraded One Notch by S&P
CalculatedRisk: Retail Sales increased 1.1% in September

Peak oil and Energy News
USAToday: Failed energy projects cross U.S. party lines
WASHINGTON – When green energy company Raser Technologies broke ground on its geothermal power plant more than three years ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch was there to herald the day as a "turning point" in the country's clean-energy future.
At the ceremony in southern Utah, Raser's chief executive officer thanked Hatch for his steadfast support. Utah's Republican senior senator had previously championed an earlier Raser clean-energy project — the development of an AC induction motor that could be used to power a Hummer that could get 100 miles per gallon. The company's executives would later name the Beaver County facility "the Hatch Plant."
But just a month before the groundbreaking for a plant that was supposed to produce 10 megawatts of zero-emission electricity to be sold to the city of Anaheim, Calif. — and help power Disneyland — Raser was already on shaky ground.
Grist: Solar is getting cheap fast—pay attention, Very Serious People
UPI: Libyan oil recovers faster than expected
CNNMoney: Oil speculation seen adding $600 to your gas bill
Bloomberg: China Targets GE Wind Turbines With $15.5 Billion War Chest
Bloomberg: Saudis Lay 2,400 Miles of Rail to Ease Oil Dependence: Freight
EarlyWarning: Brent is a Better Reference Price than WTI

Mish: Chinese Banks Deteriorate; Loan Sharks Come Knocking; Copper Ponzi Financing Revisited; 5 Reasons to Expect Lower Commodity Prices

Environmental News White Roofs May Cool Cities
A new study indicates that painting building roofs white could significantly cool cities and mitigate some of the effects of global warming.
The effects of urban heat on human health can be significant and are likely to worsen as a result of climate change. If supported by further studies, the research results have clear policy implications, highlighting an adaptive mechanism via which humans can ameliorate the impact of climate change on urban populations.
NOAA: United States regrets Japan’s renewed whaling in the Southern Ocean and is concerned about threats of violence
DesdemonaDespair: Video: The Colorado River: Running Near Empty
ClimateProgress: Drills Gone Wild: What To Expect From Rick Perry’s Energy Plan
DesdemonaDespair: Texas drought hampering wildlife reproduction, ‘killing deer like flies’
HOUSTON — In a 30-mile area of the Texas Panhandle, biologists found 76 white-tailed deer — but zero babies. Not far away, they located only three quail on a stretch of road where they would see 15 in a normal year. In South Texas, a biologist reports a lack of water on some ranches is "killing deer like flies" and says he discovered more than 20 dead adult deer on one ranch.
SHTFPlan: Geological Time Bomb: Red Alert Issued For El Hierro Volcanic Region in Canary Islands; Possible Tsunami Threat To U.S. East Coast
ExtinctionProtocol: 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea
Grist: Writing on the wall: Fighting climate change in the Navajo Nation
GFZ Potsdam - Earthquake Bulletin
F-E Region: Southeastern Siberia, Russia
Mw 5.9
Time: 2011-10-14 06:10:14.9 UTC
Magnitude: 5.9 (Mw)
Epicenter: 123.82°E 54.06°N
Depth: 13 km 
Grist: U.K. plants think it’s spring again
Anyone who was sighing "Oh, to be in England, now that spring is here" back in April get another shot now. The weather has been so unseasonably warm that flowers are starting a second blooming season. Robert Browning would be psyched.
The U.K. has been having some wackadoodle weather for a while now. First there was a drought, then an August cold snap that had autumn leaves showing up early, and now a second spring that's flummoxing the royal gardeners:
MotherJones: Perry Officials Censored Climate Change Report - Top environmental officials under Rick Perry have gutted a recent report on sea level rise in Galveston Bay, removing all mentions of climate change.
EnergyBulletin: Getting to 350 with a $2 pocket knife - Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration is a cheap and rapid method of re-vegetating deserts and restoring climate balance to below 350 ppm.
MSNBC: Crews struggle to drain oil-leaking ship off New Zealand
'We cannot pin time frames on things, that ship is very, very dangerous,' salvage company official says
UPI: U.S. refiner ignored environmental rules

America in Decline
We need a cruel and unusual punishment catagory for stories like the one Ozarker sent in this morning! LOL
NYDailyNews: Texas woman sues police department after she was arrested -- and forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh
MSNBC: Gov't cameras in your car? E-toll patent hints at Big Brotherish futureImagine that you couldn't drive on major highways without agreeing to put a camera in your car -- one that could film either the occupants or the vehicle’s surroundings and transmit the images back to a central office for inspection.

ActivistPost: Terror backers should lose US citizenship: lawmakers
Editor's Note: No doubt to subvert any legal constraints on targeted assassinations of U.S. citizens
BlackListedNews: SWAT Team Flash-bangs Grandmother During Botched Drug Raid, Gives Her Heart Attack - A Colorado Springs grandmother who suffered a heart attack when drug agents stormed into her home in 2009 has filed suit claiming the officers’ tactics were “extreme, unreasonable and outrageous.”
BusinessWeek: Having a Job Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be - The plight of America’s unemployed is terrible. Yet for the 91 percent of those in the U.S. labor force who do have a job, the numbers also tell a dark story.
USAToday: Next layer of air security: Chat-downs on top of pat-downs?
FDL: That Giant Sucking Sound - That giant sucking sound you hear today is the sound of jobs being outsourced as President Obama signs into law three free trade deals; South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Food and Water
FutureofTech: Insuring against extreme weather
Statesman: Texas drought leaves lake too low for cities' use

Science and Technology
Wow! thanks Ozarker for this cool story! - CNN: 100,000-year-old art studio uncovered
McClatchy: Marine veteran is free to tell the story of America's nuclear test subjectsBURLESON, Texas — James D. Tyler stuffed cotton balls into his ears and waited for the announcement.
He was kneeling at the bottom of a 6-foot-deep ditch, bearing every piece of his combat gear, too young at 18 to even consider that this might be the end of his life. If it was going to be, he wouldn't be alone. No one in Company F had any better odds.
Except that Tyler, then a grunt in 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, would not go over the ditch into the teeth of the enemy.
He and everyone else knew their orders - hug the side of the ditch, close your eyes, put your face in the crook of your arm. Do not raise your head, under any circumstances.
"It was just before dawn," said Tyler, 72, of Burleson. "We assumed that the people in charge knew what they were doing."
The countdown began, and then everything went blindingly white.
ScienceDaily: Robot Biologist Solves Complex Problem from Scratch — First it was chess. Then it was Jeopardy. Now computers are at it again, but this time they are trying to automate the scientific process itself.
LaughingSquid: One Year-Old Baby Thinks Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work
Jean-Louis Constanza posted a video, titled A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work, featuring a one-year old baby trying to manipulate a traditional paper magazine like a touchscreen Apple iPad.
RawStory: WATCH: Baby has a very serious talk with R2D2 toy 
PopSci: Nearly All Vertebrates, Including Us, Descended From a Creature With An Electromagnetic Sixth Sense

Medical and Health
CBSNews: Bilingualism may buffer against Alzheimer’s
PopSci: Growing Schizophrenic Brain Cells In A Dish Helps Neuroscientists Study Mental Illness Up Close
NewScientist: Prostate screening does more harm than good in US  - Doctors should stop screening for prostate cancer because it does more harm than good. This advice comes more than a decade after the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test was introduced in the US.
M&C: Food poisoning hits NATO base in northern Afghanistan 
CNN: House passes bill on abortion funding
ImpatientOptimists: The Frontlines of Malaria: An End to the Battle with Malaria? 
TheChart: Drug fights chemo-related bone loss in older women 
TheChart: CDC: Heart disease prevalence down 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
OurEventualHomestead: Vertical Gardening
BeforeItsNews: How To Prepair For Civil Unrest, Emergencies, Disasters,

Other News
This from Matt Cardin at the Teeming Brain
HowStuffWorks: How Frankenstein's Monster Works 
DemocracyNow: Groups Sue to Block South Carolina Anti-Immigrant Law; Hispanics Stage Alabama Walkout
DemocracyNow: Amnesty Urges Canada to Arrest Bush for Torture
FieldNotes: 'Occupy Wall Street' more popular than Tea Party
CNN: Authorities: Wife of Warren Jeffs flees church compoundOne of the 78 wives of jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs left the Arizona compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week and is receiving medical treatment at a shelter, authorities said.
The woman, who is not being named by the Washington County, Utah, Sheriff's Department because she's considered a victim of abuse, was taken to the shelter after a tense standoff with church members on Monday.
TriCitiesNews: Investigation uncovers problems in THP dash cam policyIn July, 11 Connects opened an investigation into dash cam video procedures at the Tennessee Highway Patrol. It uncovered a complex web of missing videos, limited oversight, and budget restrictions.

MotherJones: Ronald Reagan's Real LegacyIn the course of clearing her throat for an attack on Rick Perry Tuesday night, Michele Bachmann tossed out this now-standard bit of conservative boilerplate:
    In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan produced an economic miracle…

UPI: Obama: Republicans should offer jobs plan
USAToday: Barbour: Cain would 'sweep the South' if GOP nominee 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:According to rumour attack on Iran might be on.
TinfoilPalace:NSC Study Shows You are More Likely to Killed By a Cop Than a Terrorist
TheOilAge:No way in US system to vote against banks
TheOilAge:TAE: the end of the Eurozone 
Hubberts-Arms:Latest tactic in NYC...Private ownership of Liberty Plaza 
Hubberts-Arms:Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.
SilentCountry:Maps for a post-crash world
SilentCountry: Moon Shot Ahead

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