Friday, October 21, 2011

Breaking News Fri. Oct. 21, 2011

Happy Friday to you doomers!  I hope everyone has a great weekend and can enjoy this beautiful Autumn weather.
I've gotten a couple commissions and although I normally don't do commission work, I'm going to do these as I need the cash. So, I won't be posting the news Mon. thru Wed. next week but will be back on Thursday. There will be a documentary tomorrow though, I found something cool for us this week. I hope you will check out the forums at the bottom of this post and join in the conversations there. Also, don't forget to check out the Ozarker's blog at Conflicted Doomer and be sure to see what RJ has collected this afternoon at the Global Glass Onion!

Here are a couple interesting links I wanted to put up here at the top. 

BusinessInsider: Watch The End Of The World! LIVE!
BusinessINsider: Here Are 5 Ways The World Will Radically Change This Century

Global Conflict
Bloomberg: ‘Gruesome’ Videos of Qaddafi’s Final Hours May Trigger UN Probe
NakedCapitalism: Gaddafi’s Murder And International Law - This is an informative and sobering video by Real News Network on the extrajudical Nato/US killing of Gaddafi. This interview gives some background on what the US interests were and why Gaddafi, who for the previous five years had generally been a cooperative client, became a target.
ForeignPolicy: Does it really matter if Qaddafi was executed? 
Reuters: Greece adopts austerity bill amid protests - The Greek parliament approved a painful set of austerity measures on Thursday, defying violent protests in central Athens and a general strike which shut down much of the country.

LegitGov: U.S. Predator Drone Fired on Qaddafi Convoy, Official Says
DailyBail: UPDATE - NYPD Pepper Spray Thug Anthony Bologna To Lose Vacation Time As Punishment(Morning Links)
BBC: Mexico's Calderon: US dumping criminals at border - Mexican President Felipe Calderon says violence along his country's border with the US is fuelled in part by the US opting to deport rather than prosecute criminals.
BBC: No celebration for Col Muammar Gaddafi victims - A police officer who was on duty with WPC Yvonne Fletcher when she was murdered has said Col Gaddafi's death is no cause for celebration.
John Murray described the former Libyan leader's death as "the worst result I could imagine" and said it left many questions unanswered.
The father of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people, said it was "no form of justice".
IBTimes: Gadhafi to Be Buried Secretly – Rumors on High  
NPR: Syrian Protesters Take Inspiration From Libya 
NPR: U.S. Ratchets Up Anti-Terrorism Pressure On Pakistan 
Bloomberg: French Jet Halted Qaddafi’s Escape From Stronghold - The NATO air campaign to oust Muammar Qaddafi began with French Mirage jets destroying a column of his tanks on the outskirts of Benghazi seven months ago. 
NYT: Basque Separatists Halt Campaign of Violence
VOA: Pakistani Military Chief Warns US Against Unilateral Military Action 
VancouverSun: Obama hails Gadhafi demise, warns Arab world 
LAT: Occupy Wall Street inspires the 'I'm getting arrested' app

Hacker News
Reuters: Exclusive: Nasdaq hackers spied on company boards
Hackers who infiltrated the Nasdaq's computer systems last year installed malicious software that allowed them to spy on the directors of publicly held companies, according to two people familiar with an investigation into the matter.
IBTimes: Hackgate: Tom Watson Takes the Fight to Murdoch at News Corp AGM 
YahooFinance: Murdoch to face News Corp. shareholders on Fox lot - Murdoch to face News Corp. shareholders on movie studio lot

Financial News
NewScientist: Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world
AS PROTESTS against financial power sweep the world this week, science may have confirmed the protesters' worst fears. An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.
NPR: What If We Paid Off The Debt? The Secret Government Report 
 Politico: Senate blocks $35B hiring bill
Telegraph: Euro summit statement: the leaked draft - Here is the leaked draft copy of the Euro Summit Statement - with gaps for crucial issues to be inserted.
BusinessInsider: 11 Facts About Big Banks That The Protesters Should Memorize
DailyBail: BOMBSHELL - Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules That Most Foreclosure Sales From Previous 5 Years Are VOID 
CreditWritedowns: Rivets Starting to Pop in Greece
NPR: Cash-Strapped Cities File For Bankruptcy - We all know about the debt problems of the federal government. Many states are squeezed, as well. Now more and more cities are in trouble. Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, petitioned for bankruptcy last week. That filing is being contested in court right now, and it may be weeks before we know how this all shakes out. But Harrisburg is the sixth city to file for protection under Chapter 9 this year, and, depending on how things play out, we may see the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history later this week in Jefferson County, Alabama, which includes the city of Birmingham. 

CNN: Protesters get solidarity from unlikely source: The 1% 
Reuters: GE profit up 18 percent, driven by foreign growth - General Electric Co reported an 18 percent profit rise that met Wall Street's expectations, helped by strong revenue growth in key foreign markets including Brazil, Russia and China.
Independent: Europe in disarray with France and Germany divided - Leaders admit 'make-or-break' meeting has no chance of success as second summit is convened for next week

Zerohedge: Unemployment Claims Data and Economists' Exploding Brain Syndrome
ProjectSyndicate: Occupy the Mortgage Lenders - Talks among state officials, the Obama administration, and the banks are currently focused on reported abuses in servicing mortgages, foreclosing on homes, and evicting their residents. But leading banks are also accused of illegal behavior – inducing people to borrow, for example, by deceiving them about the interest rate that would actually be paid, while misrepresenting the resulting mortgage-backed securities to investors.
BusinessInsider: Morgan Stanley: Here's The #1 Thing Every Investor Must Watch For This Weekend
WSJ: The End of Triple-A? 
NakedCapitalism: Exorcising The Inflation Ghost – An Attempt To Cure Our European 
TheAtlantic: Anemic Pension Funds Still Hemorrhaging - Here's a problem with traditional corporate pensions that I hadn't really thought about: in bad times, when the fund looks shaky, they may be vulnerable to something akin to a bank run. Wall Street has worst quarter since crisis 
CNNMoney: New unemployment claims persist above 400,000 
PalmBeachPost: State economists predict $2 billion budget hole for Florida in 2012 — Florida's budget hole for next year was put officially at $2 billion Thursday in a revised forecast from state economists that also projects state budget shortfalls through 2015. 
LAT: Bill would encourage foreigners to buy U.S. homes - American consumers and the federal government haven't been able to bail out the sinking U.S. real estate market. Now wealthy Chinese, Canadians and other foreign buyers could get their chance.

Peak oil and Energy News
Commodities&Futures: Oil Inventories Declined Across the Board
UPI: Gulf states embark on oil refinery drive - BAGHDAD, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Iraq is driving to build new oil refineries to increase capacity by 740,000 barrels per day as its postwar economy swells, part of a multibillion-dollar program under way across the Persian Gulf region.
UPI: Oil blitz 'Iraq's most dangerous moment'
TheHill: Senators Weigh Keystone Pipeline Strategy - Senators battling the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline are mulling their options as the Obama administration’s decision on the controversial project looms. 

UPI: IEA sees mixed outlook for oil
USAToday: High gas prices trap more Americans

IBTimes: Mongolian Supreme Court Orders Govt to Enforce Mining Ban
Mongolia's Supreme Court has ordered the government to enforce a ban on mining in river and forest areas following an appeal submitted by activists who said the country's fragile environment was threatened by reckless mining.

Environmental News
M 6.1, Hokkaido, Japan Region
M 5.2, Banda Sea
DesdemonaDespair: Massive shark slaughter reported in Colombia waters 
LAT: 'Record-breaking' earthquake rattles south Texas 
Statesman: EPA to regulate disposal of fracking wastewater
Guardian: Global warming study finds no grounds for climate sceptics' concernsIndependent investigation of the key issues sceptics claim can skew global warming figures reports that they have no real effect
ExtinctionProtocol: Deepest and most explosive underwater eruption ever seen happening near Samoa hotspot
Grist: What if population grows faster than the experts project?
ThinkProgress: Utility Fights Dirty in Colorado’s Battle For Clean, Local Energy - In just three weeks, citizens of Boulder, Colo., will vote on whether to begin a big, formal process to unplug from Xcel Energy’s system and plug into local energy self-reliance. The vote to form a municipal electric utility could set a precedent for communities across the United States to keep millions of dollars local instead of sending them to remote electric utilities each year.
CounterPunch: The Big Con - Is Nuclear Power Really a Trump Card Against Global Warming?
BBC: Global warming 'confirmed' by independent study - The Earth's surface really is getting warmer, a new analysis by a US scientific group set up in the wake of the "Climategate" affair has concluded.
SeattleTimes: Pakistan on alert after leak in nuke power plantAn official at a nuclear power plant in Pakistan says it declared a seven-hour emergency after heavy water leaked out of a reactor during maintenance work.

America in Decline
BusinessInsider: The American Standard Of Living: The Fastest, Steepest Fall Ever 
Reuters: Poverty rates up in most U.S. states, cities: Census - The ranks of the poor rose in almost all U.S. states and cities in 2010, despite the end of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression the year before, U.S. Census data released on Thursday showed.

Grist: New interactive report shows how Americans got trapped in their gas-guzzlers
CityTownInfo: Outstanding Student Loan Debt Now Exceeds $1 Trillion - The amount of student loans Americans took out last year hit a record $100 billion, which pushed that debt higher than credit card debt, a new report showed. "It's going to create a generation of wage slavery," Nick Pardini, a Villanova University graduate student in finance, told USA Today. Pardini opined that student loans are the next credit bubble, with borrowers, not the lenders, being the losers.
BlackListedNews: Bank Of America Is Attempting To Rob America Blind With The Help Of The Federal Reserve 
NewsChannel5: Tennessee Becomes First State To Fight Terrorism Statewide (how embarrassing)
TennesseeNewsPress: TSA Checkpoints Now On TN Highways 
 The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Tuesday partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and several other federal and state agencies for a safety enforcement and awareness operation on Tennessee’s interstates and two metropolitan-area bus stations. They are randomly inspecting vehicles on highways in Tennessee.

Cryptogon: Department of Homeland Security Deployed on Tennessee Interstates
You’re probably use to seeing TSA’s signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).
“Where is a terrorist more apt to be found? Not these days on an airplane more likely on the interstate,” said Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons.
Tuesday Tennessee was first to deploy VIPR simultaneously at five weigh stations and two bus stations across the state.
Agents are recruiting truck drivers, like Rudy Gonzales, into the First Observer Highway Security Program to say something if they see something.
“Not only truck drivers, but cars, everybody should be aware of what’s going on, on the road,” said Gonzales.
It’s all meant to urge every driver to call authorities if they see something suspicious.
ModernSurvivalBlog: TSA Bloat Slaps the Highway Patrol in the Face
So… apparently the Department of Homeland Security ‘TSA’, the Transportation Security Administration, feels the need to bloat and grow their ‘reason to exist’ even more than their already overwhelming presence in all US airports. Today, it was learned that the TSA is now hitting the streets, literally, looking for terrorists on US roadways.
IBTimes: 5 Myths About U.S. Civilization
Statesman: Few Americans taking immigrants' jobs in Alabama
"I've had people calling me wanting to work," Smith said. "I haven't turned any of them down, but they're not any good. It's hard work; they just don't work like the Hispanics with experience."
Reuters: U.S. "misery index" rises to highest since 1983
- An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with rising inflation and high unemployment.

Food and Water
Grist: Sorry, kids: Halloween candy is a human rights nightmare - Here's a really scary story for your Halloween: The candy you're handing out might have been made by foreign students who were tricked into factory labor. Hershey's, which also distributes Cadbury candy in the U.S. and Nabisco candy in Canada, charged students up to $6,000 for a "summer work and travel" program, which actually consisted of drudgery at the packing plant.

BigPictureAgriculture: Food at Home Price Index has increased 6.3% and the Dairy Index is up 10.2% in the Past Year
BigPictureAgriculture: Ukraine's Corn Yield and Production to Set Records this Year
PRWeb: Aquaponics Solves Agricultural Environmental Problems While Increasing the World’s Food Production
“Can we feed the more than 9 billion people anticipated to live on this planet in 2050 without destroying Earth’s life support systems?” Sylvia Bernstein, author of the recently released book "Aquaponic Gardening, says the answer is a definitive "yes."

Science and Technology
MSNBC: Mars, moon, meteor shower make for big show Friday You may be able to see pre-dawn display of all three  
 PopSci: Video: A 4,500-Pound Minesweeping, Drone-Launching, Armored Autonomous Mini-Tank
CNN: Why computer voices are mostly female
AstronomyNow: Herschel and Spitzer find water in alien solar systems
MSNBC: Computers piece together scattered medieval scrolls - Software based on facial recognition technology used in process
TulsaWorld: FBI official calls for secure, alternate Internet

Medical and Health
TPM: Tommy Thompson: Guilt-Ridden Children Are Spending Too Much On Grandma’s Health
Former Wisconsin governor and US health secretary Tommy Thompson offered up an intense psychoanalytic take on the thorny issue of end-of-life care this week, saying that “guilty” children who ignore their elders then overcompensate at their deathbed are responsible for spiraling costs.
Bloomberg: Almost All Americans Eat Too Much Salt in Daily Diet, CDC Report Says
Time: CDC Tracks Thoughts of Suicide in Adults, State by State

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
SHTFPlan: Bugging Out of NYC: “Something Terrible is Coming… So For Now, I’m Getting Out.”
ModernSurvivalBlog: Government Owned Land Near You?

Other News
CasandraLegacy: The Club of Rome is back 
Yes, the Club of Rome is back. Actually, it had never gone away, but the demonization campaign that had been unleashed against its 1972 report, "The Limits to Growth," had largely convinced the public that the Club's approach to the world's problems had been based on a "wrong" model.

Instead, it turned out that the model was not wrong. The recent turmoil, the economic recession, the worries about "peak oil", and the rapid rise in the price of all mineral commodities have brought back the interest on "The Limits to Growth". That brings the sponsor of the report, the Club of Rome, again under the spotlight.
CNN: ACLU: Lawsuit alleges 3 immigrant women assaulted while in ICE custody -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of three immigrant women who were allegedly sexually assaulted while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union said this week.
The ACLU, citing documents it said it had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, said in a news release that there have been nearly 200 allegations of sexual abuse of immigration detainees jailed at detention facilities across the United States since 2007.
CNN: Chinese toddler dies a week after being hit by cars, ignored by passersby
IntelDaily: Effective Problem Solving Techniques 
AlJazeera: Uganda sued over maternal deathsActivists file lawsuit in court regarding cases of women who died while giving birth unattended in hospitals.
MSNBC: The keys for kitschy Carhenge are for sale 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Aliens to Arrive November 27th!! (GLP)
TinfoilPalace:The Dragon's Head and the Dragon's Tail
TheOilAge:Merkel cancels statement on imploding Euro summit 
TheOilAge:Bloomberg consumer expectation lowest since February '09 
Hubberts-Arms:Here’s What Will Happen Next 
Hubberts-Arms:GEAB No. 58 - First half of 2012: Decimation of the Western banks
SilentCountry: Don't Get Sick
SilentCountry:Pinheads and Patriots

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