NPR: Dwarf-Tossing, Long Banned, May Return In Florida
News that a Florida legislator wants to bring back the banned activity of "dwarf tossing" has people shaking their heads, and wondering why in the world you would want to do something like that. Of course, they're also curious as to whether he'll succeed.
State Rep. Ritch Workman, a Republican from Melbourne, is the man behind the effort to roll back the prohibition on an act that became a sensation in bars and taverns before it was banned in 1989. Workman tells the Palm Beach Post's Frank Cerabino about his motives:
and another link on this, sent in by RJ this morning, about our right to throw little people around and their right to get paid for being thrown! LOL
Bloomberg: Dwarfs Better Off Tossed Than Jobless, Florida Republican Says
Thanks to RJ at Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer, (glad your computer is feeling better Ozarker!) for their contributions and help. Be sure to check out their blogs today!
LegitGov: Nuclear contamination found beyond Japan no-go zone
05 Oct 2011 High levels of radioactive contamination have been found in soil in the capital of Japan's Fukushima prefecture, a study showed Wednesday, prompting calls to make the area a voluntary evacuation zone. Some 307,000 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of soil was detected in an independent survey conducted on September 14 by a radiological engineering expert and citizens' groups. The contamination is believed to have been caused by radiation that has leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Cryptogon: Japan: Food Radiation Checker
WashingtonPost: Japanese scientist says nuclear meltdown began within hours - Nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant began melting just five hours after Japan’s March 11 earthquake, a Japanese nuclear engineer told a panel of U.S. scientists Thursday. About 11 hours later, all of the uranium fuel in the facility’s unit 1 reactor had slumped to the bottom of its inner containment vessel, boring a hole through a thick steel lining, the University of Tokyo’s Naoto Sekimura told a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
WiredHowToWiki: How to Survive a Mace Attack (Recommended Reading)
MSNBC: 'This has destroyed us': Near-daily protests cripple Greece - 'The roads shut every day. So we just sit around here ... with no work to do,' garage manager says
NakedCapitalism: Poll Shows Majority of Veterans Doubt Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Worth Fighting
WSJ: Three Women Share Nobel Peace Prize
Spiegel: Ten Years in Afghanistan - German General Says NATO Mission Has 'Failed'
ExtinctionProtocol: Deaths from Syrian uprising exceed 2900, fighting reaches border of Turkey
IntelHub: Over 5,000 Turn Out in Portland For Occupy Portland Protest
TheEconomist: Going the wrong way - Under an autocratic president, Malawi’s politics is getting a lot nastier
Metro: Libya revolution: Nato declares no end to airstrikes until all resistance is gone - The bombing of Libya by Nato will go on despite the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, alliance officials have said.
EconoMonitor: What the Wall Street Protesters Want: An Economic Commentary on the “Contract for the American Dream.”
CNN: Presidential Protesters In St. Louis
FDL: Bank Transfer Day: Remember, Remember the 5th of November - Money-movers, who advocate changing from large corporate banks to credit unions or small local banks, are calling to make November 5 a nationwide Bank Transfer Day.
ThinkProgress: Herman Cain: Wall Street Protests Are Un-American
NakedCapitalism: Why #OccupyWallStreet Doesn’t Support Obama: His “Nothing to See Here” Stance on Bank Looting
OregonLive: Occupy Portland: March leads to protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square and back onto downtown streets
LegitGov: Occupy Philly Takes a Stand Against "Corporate Greed"
CNN: 'Occupy Wall Street' protests spread as Obama weighs in
ICite: Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now | The Nation
Guardian: Wall Street protests across the US (photos) - Occupy Wall Street demonstrations spread around the country
AlJazeera: Deaths as fresh protests erupt in Syria - At least four people reported killed in anti-government protests after Friday prayers as government crackdown continues.
BBC: US capital hosts two anti-corporate demonstrations
BusinessInsider: When Will The Occupy Wall Street Protesters Be Kicked Out Of Zuccotti Park?
LittleSis: The Public-Private Partnership Behind Zuccotti Park
JimHightower: Something Big Is Happening: Occupy Together
McClatchy: Doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden may face charges
MSNBC: US military targets post-Afghanistan missions - Leaders eager to turn to wider range of threats, including potential China conflict
SeattlePI: Iraq offers advice to Libyan leader on democracy
Reuters: Pakistan says Obama pressure on militants hurts Afghanistan
CNBC: Are Rising Corporate Cyber Attacks a Conspiracy?
Tweeted by Nouriel Roubini
"U6 definition of unemployment rate - incl discouraged workers & partially employed ones) up to 16.5%. Many new jobs are partially empty ones"
BusinessInsider: Four Men Arrested In The Largest Federal Contracting Scam In U.S. History
CalculatedRisk: Employment Summary, Part Time Workers, and Unemployed over 26 Weeks - This was a weak report, but better than many expected.
MaxKeiserTV: Keiser Report: Debts & Slavery (E193)
YahooFinance: Home ownership sees biggest drop since Great Depression
CSMonitor: Bernanke goes big - The Federal Reserve chairman is right in saying that we should be able to address current budget problems and plan for long-term fiscal sustainability at the same time
ModeledBehavior: Partying Like it’s 2008 All Over Again
BusinessInsider: IMF Advisor: Could See Eurozone 'Meltdown' in 2 Or 3 Weeks
Economix: A Recession in Our Minds - Are we in a recession in our minds?
Americans certainly seem unhappy about the prospects for the economy. Consumer sentiment remains near its lowest levels since 2009. And those daily indicators of investor confidence — the markets — have painted a very pessimistic picture; the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, seen as a broad indicator of the market, is down 8 percent for the year.
MyBudget360: How investment banks turned housing and student loans into a toxic and financial disaster – Middle class largest asset coopted by banking sector to raid and speculate on. Financial sector nearly 30 percent of all corporate profits in U.S. In the 1950s it was under 10 percent.
WBIRNews: Amazon will collect sales tax in TN, add more jobs
Telegraph: World facing worst financial crisis in history, Bank of England Governor says - The world is facing the worst financial crisis since at least the 1930s “if not ever”, the Governor of the Bank of England said last night.
NakedCapitalism: Warning: Greece Can Break Glass and Leave the Eurozone
Post-Gazette: 2010 census: Housing bust worst since Great Depression
BeforeItsNews: Barry Ritholtz: The Left Right Paradigm Is Over! It's You Vs. The Corporations -
They win. You lose. No matter who is in office.
Volatility: One Simple Demand: Abolish Debt. Abolish Wall Street.
Reuters: U.S. mall Q3 vacancy rate at 11-year high -report
WashingtonPost: Obama challenges Republicans to explain opposition to jobs bill
BusinessInsider: SocGen: 'There's A 65% Probability Of A US Recession'
BusinessInsider: Two Worrying Possibilities For China's Disappearing Bank Deposits
Bloomberg: Europe Stocks Erase Gains Before U.S. Jobs Data
DenverPost: September retail sales solid ahead of holiday push
It’s Too Hard to Know Who Is Too Big to Fail: Jonathan Weil
USDeptofLabor: Job Clubs – Making a Difference in Atlanta
YahooFinance: Can the Market Handle Another Lousy Jobs Number?
CNBC: Is US Economy Flirting With 'Modern-Day Depression'?
WashingtonPost: BBC says it will cut 2,000 jobs
Mish: Ben Bernanke Fans Fires of Protectionist Legislation to Senate Joint Economic Committee; Expect Global Depression if Obama Signs On
Time: What Mitt Romney Has to Lose–and Obama Has to Gain–from the ‘Buffett Rule’
BusinessInsider: China's Land Sales Skyrocket 6,700-Fold In Two Decades
YahooFinance: US employers likely added few jobs in September - September was likely another weak month for hiring, underscoring economy's sluggishness
BusinessInsider: 16 Facts About China That Will Make Your Mind Melt
Spiegel: Bailouts or Bankruptcies? - Europe Begins Working on Plan B for the Euro
WashingtonPost: US added 103,000 jobs last month, calming recession fears; unemployment stays at 9.1 pct - The United States added 103,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that followed a sluggish summer for the economy. The figure at least temporarily calms fears of a new recession that have hung over Wall Street and the nation for weeks.
Peak oil and Energy News
Platts: Pakistan refiners eye $1 bil spend in next 3 years on upgrades, expansion
RigZone: Exillon Makes Oil Find in West Siberia
OilVoice: Amount of Oil Consumed in the World
TheOilDrum: Drilling Down: Tainter and Patzek tell the energy-complexity story
RigZone: Venezuela, Russia Joint Oil Venture Seen Producing by May
Zerohedge: Steve Forbes: "The US Will Likely Have A Gold Standard Within The Next Five Years"
'Illegal' Miners in Mexico Spark Conflict with Canadian Mining Company
SierraClub: House of Representatives Creates Jobs--for Undertakers
ThinkProgress: Drilling in the Arctic: Perspectives From an Alaska Native
AccuWeather: Twin Tropical Troubles for Mexico Next Week
NewScientist: Russian tigers threatened by dog disease
MotherJones: Image-of-the-Week: Scary Arctic Ozone Hole
Platts: India imposes antidumping duties on caustic soda from South Korea
BBC: Afghanistan facing unprecedented drought
DiscoveryNews: Moon Shadow Makes Atmospheric Waves
America in Decline
LegitGov: Ron Paul: US could target journalists for killing
GreedGreenAndGrains: Our State (and University) is for Sale - Art Pope bought it. A full 75% of external funding to Republican campaigns in 2010 can be traced to this one man. I'm still relatively new to this beautiful state of North Carolina, mostly wrapped up in my own research interests and national politics, and still loathsomely ignorant about local politics. My ignorance is loathsome because unless we all pay a little more attention, politics gets reduced to the least common denominator.
TruthOut: CIA: Detainee's Torture Drawings, Writings, "Should They Exist," to Remain Top Secret
SOTT: Ring, Ring - This is a Police State
"In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined police officers can rifle through your cellphone during a traffic violation stop."GregPalast: Uber-Vultures: The Billionaires Who Would Pick Our President
DarkAgesAmerica: Dumping the American Dream
Cryptogon: Georgia May Use Prisoners to Fill Farm Labor Gap
InfoPlease: As of 2010, black men in America earned 74.5 percent of a typical white man’s wage; black women earned 69.6 percent. A new paper examines some of the factors driving the black-white wage gap.
Food and Water
Bloomberg: Parched Texans Impose Water-Use Limits for Fracking Gas Wells
JobMouse: Farmers Hire Americans. Most walk off the job. “The work was too hard”
MotherJones: Meet The Child Workers Who Pick Your Food
Know your farmworker, know your foodGrist: Sustainable Farming - Labor pains on the farm
BusinessInsider: The World's Biggest Rice Exporter Is About To Take A Huge Risk
Science and Technology
Here is a fascinating article from Matt Cardin at the Teeming Brain
TheTeemingBrain: The Tragic Tale of the Rocket Maker
When the history of the American space program is finally written, no figure will stand out quite like John Whiteside Parsons.NewScientist: Photo reveals turbulent gas in the void between stars
He was an unorthodox genius, a poet and rocket scientist who helped give birth to an institution that would become mankind’s window on the universe. He was also a devotee of the black arts, a sci-fi junkie and host of backyard orgies on Pasadena’s stately Millionaires’ Row.
ScientificAmerican: Conjoined Comet: Hartley 2 May Have Formed from 2 Disparate Bodies - The two ends of Comet Hartley 2 seem to have different compositions, hinting that the comet formed from the gentle merger of two parent objects
CosmicLog: New planets from old pictures
Medical and Health
Bloomberg: More Drugs Mean More Disease as China Fails to Control Use of Antibiotics
USAToday: Feds order all Calif. medical-marijuana outlets to close - The Obama administration has ordered all medical-marijuana dispensaries in California to shut down within 45 days or they will be prosecuted and have their property confiscated for violating federal drugs laws, the Associated Press reports.
Even licensed outlets operating under the 1996 voter-approved medical-marijuana law are subject to the federal crackdown. California's four U.S. attorneys plan an announcement Friday.
USAToday: Feds to outline plans today for shutting down Calif. pot shops - Update at 7:36 a.m. ET: The four U.S. attorneys in California, the first state to pass a law legalizing marijuana use for patients with doctors' recommendations, have scheduled a joint news conference today to "outline actions targeting the sale, distribution and cultivation of marijuana."
Slate: Help the Next Steve Jobs - If you want to honor Steve Jobs, do what somebody did for him: Donate your organs.
CosmicLog: Prehistoric kids left marks in caves
ExtinctionProtocol: Listeria deaths rise to 18, outbreak spreads to 20 states
Time: Beating Butter: Denmark Imposes the World's First Fat Tax
TheChart: ER visits for kids with concussions up, says CDC
MSNBC: What really happened? Sharp memories tied to brain crease
Star-Telegram: Half of Texas doctors may quit Medicare if cuts enacted, survey finds
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: Survival Food Criteria
DoomerinCanada: Leftover Oatmeal Muffins - Pictures and then the recipe. Enjoy. I'd type more, but I'm eating. :)
ContainerGardening: Winter Container Gardens (Google / Urban Gardens)
BBC: Millions stroll in New York's 'park in the sky' (I thought this was just cool)One of the runaway hits of this past summer in New York has not been on Broadway - instead it has been at a most unusual park which is attracting millions of visitors from all around the world.
CSMonitor: Steve Jobs's death sets off global tributes and industry action - Steve Jobs's Apple products reached across the globe, and so is news of his passing, particularly in Asia, where his innovation transformed the technology industry.
Grist: Car-crushing mayor wins an Ig Nobel prize
CNN: 800 evacuated after Illinois train derailment
Cryptogon: Mario Cal: The Mysterious Suicide That Has Rocked The Vatican
CNN: Police arrest man for child pornography after tipoff from burglars
BBC: Pilot Prince Harry to train in El Centro, California
Cryptogon: Bush Regime Also Carrried Out Gun-Walking Program: Wide Receiver, Possibly Others
The federal government under the Bush administration ran an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to be transferred to suspected arms traffickers — the same tactic that congressional Republicans have criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for using, two federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
DeclineoftheEmpire: Class Warfare On Wall Street! - I knew we would hear it sooner or later. Willard ("Mitt") Romney sucked up to his "base" on the campaign trail in Florida yesterday.
TPM: Group Opposing CA's Gay History Law Accused Of Tricking People With Anti-Sexual Predator Petition
TPM: Just What Types Of Voters Actually Like Mitt Romney?
WashingtonTimes: Reid uses ‘nuclear option’ to block GOP amendments - In a move that threatened to calcify an already dysfunctional Senate, Democrats on Thursday voted to change chamber precedent, in effect rewriting the rules to ban a work-around Republicans had used to force votes even when the Democrats in the majority didn’t want to hold them.
TinfoilPalace:MUST READ: Fukushima . . . the r-e-e-e-st of the story.
TinfoilPalace:'Staggering' Fraud Uncovered at Corps of Engineers
TheOilAge:Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list'
TheOilAge:SWAT Prevents People from withdrawing money from BOA!
Hubberts-Arms:The peak oil crisis: turmoil erupts
SilentCountry:Herman Cain: “Don’t Blame the Big Banks...Blame Yourself”
SilentCountry: Lessons From the Great Depression