Monday, October 3, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Oct. 3, 2011

UPDATE from the Ozarker!
NHK: Nobel laureate joins Wall Street protest - Economist Joseph Steglitz has joined the Wall Street protests!

Happy Monday to you!
Hope everyone had a good weekend, looks like this week should be pretty interesting.
The Kunstlers are good today!
Here Come the OWSers!
All last week across the media landscape, in pod, blog, flat-screen, and crunkly old newsprint columns, fatuous professional observers complained that the Occupy Wall Street marchers "have no clear agenda" or "can't articulate their positions." What impertinent horseshit. I saw a statement on one OWSer's sign that said it all:
$70,000 College Debt
$12,000 Medical Bills
I'm 22
Where's My Bailout?
     What part of that is unclear to interlocutors of what we called "the establishment" back in the day? That would be the day of the Vietnam War and the Aquarian Upsurge. One difference being that in 1968 we at least had some solidarity in the older generation coming from figures of gravity like Senators Robert Kennedy (bumped off), Eugene McCarthy, J. William Fullbright, George McGovern, Rev Martin Luther King (bumped off), and even one US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Today, the entire "establishment" is a clueless, hopeless blob of self-interested, craven opportunism. Even the arty fringe - the people who pretend to be an avant-garde - are nothing but narcissistic self-branding operations masquerading as culture leaders.
 The man does have a way with words doesn't he? LOL

And this from Ozarker.
Are we proud of ourselves yet? Are we proud to be Americans now?
ThinkProgress: Undocumented Pregnant Women Forced To Give Birth While Shackled In Front Of Police
Just when you thought the nationwide crackdown on undocumented immigrants couldn’t get any more brutal, the Huffington Post reports that pregnant women in Arizona and Tennessee were detained and forced to give birth while shackled to their hospital beds because they couldn’t produce identification.

The shackling of female inmates when they go into labor has been a roundly condemned practice in prisons, but local authorities are now extending that humiliation to non-violent immigrant women whose only crime was being stopped by police without a valid license:

Thanks to the tireless RJ  at Global Glass Onion and Ozarker the wise,  at Conflicted Doomer,  for their contributions and help.If you haven't visited their blogs, do yourself a favor and go read some of their works.
also, check out the forums linked at the bottom of this post as always.
Keep your eyes on the news this week, things are moving under the carpet for sure!
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Japan Plutonium detected outside N-plant site
NYT: Japan Lifts Evacuation Advisories Near Nuclear Plant

Global Conflict
TheIndependent: Abbas is punished by $200m cut in aid from US - Congress makes Palestinians pay for seeking UN recognition
NYT: Mosque Set on Fire in Northern Israel
MSNBC: US defense secretary warns of Israeli isolation - Panetta will urge Israel to improve chilly relationship with Turkey, Egypt 

Reuters: Assad opponents unite, ask world for help 
SHTFPlan: One Million Protesters to Occupy Wall Street 
NYT: The Bankers and the Revolutionaries - AFTER flying around the world this year to cover street protests from Cairo to Morocco, reporting on the latest “uprising” was easier: I took the subway. 

AlterNet: Mayor Bloomberg Says Occupy Wall Street Poses "Societal Concerns," We Should "Help the Banks" 
BusinessInsider: Bloomberg: 'We'll See' How Long Wall Street Protests Are Allowed To Continue
In his weekly radio interview on the John Gambling show on Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he believes the Occupy Wall Street protesters are misguided for targeting banks.
"The protesters are protesting against people who make $40-50,000 a year and are struggling to make ends meet. That's the bottom line," he said.
ActivistPost: Nader, Ron Paul, Kucinich Speak to Occupy Wall Street: Repeal the Federal Reserve Act (Video)
BlackListedNews: Occupy Wall Street: Mass Economic Riots Are Now Here And America Will Never Be The Same
LAT: Protesters set up camp in front of Los Angeles City Hall
ABCNews: Officials: Al Qaeda Bombmaker Not Killed In Awlaki Strike 
RawStory: 35,000 activists and union members march in UK
NakedCapitalism: Is JP Morgan Getting a Good Return on $4.6 Million “Gift” to NYC Police? (Like Special Protection from OccupyWallStreet?) - 10/02/2011 - Yves Smith - No matter how you look at this development, it does not smell right. From JP Morgan’s website, hat tip Lisa Epstein: JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center. 
SOTT: US: Dozens arrested at Bank of America offices
Police have arrested two dozen protesters for trespassing during a demonstration against Bank of America's foreclosure practices at the banking giant's offices in downtown Boston.
Time: Occupy Wall Street: 700 Arrested in a Standoff on the Brooklyn Bridge 
 TheIndependent: Support for 'Occupy Wall Street' protest boosted by mass arrests
AlterNet: Cornel West on Occupy Wall Street: It’s the Makings of a U.S. Autumn Responding to the Arab Spring 
CNN: As Wall Street protest enters 3rd week, movement gains steam nationwide
CommonDreams: A Natural Alliance: Unions Join Occupy Wall Street

AlterNet: Boston Bank of America Sit-In Draws Thousands of Foreclosure Victims, Supporters
Reuters: Shortages "killing patients" in Libya siege hospital - People wounded in fighting in Libya's besieged city of Sirte are dying on the operating table because fuel for the hospital generator has run out, medical workers fleeing a worsening humanitarian crisis in the city said on Sunday.
CommonDreams: What the Media Aren't Telling You About American Protests 
NationofChange: New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Sneers at Wall Street Protesters, Estimates Only 80 There 
Zerohedge: Protesters Target Fed, As Well As Wall Street - The protesters are not just targeting Wall Street and the big banks. They’re also railing against the Federal Reserve:
CSMonitor: Egypt's military rulers back down on election law, but concerns persist - After thousands took to the streets of Cairo on Friday, Egypt's interim military council agreed to some electoral reforms. But the move has failed to allay concerns over how long the military will remain in power.
CSMonitor: Occupy Wall Street protest 'about people claiming some autonomy'The purpose and future of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is as vast as the thousands who have gathered there. After 700 arrests Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge, Sunday was quiet as protesters planned their next big march Wednesday.
AlJazeera: Convicted Bahraini medics cry foul - Doctor-couple sentenced for abetting protests tells Al Jazeera that their trial was unfair.
WAVE104.9: Cops tricked protesters onto Brooklyn Bridge, then arrested them!
CBSNews: Iraqis storm police station, ending hostage crisis 

Financial News
BusinessInsider:GOP Mega-Donor Koch Brothers' Company Tied To Global Criminal Misdeeds In Bombshell Article
Bloomberg: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales - In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts. 
BusinessInsider: German Finance Minister: We're Giving $283 Billion To The EFSF And "That's It. Finished."
USAToday: Economists: Consumers won't save the economy 
MSNBC: US consumers go AWOL, taking recovery with them
Krugman: The Renminbi and US Manufacturing 
NYT: A Rising Fear of an Extended Downturn US incomes fall for first time in nearly 2 years
JournalofCommerce: US Heading Into Recession, ECRI Warns 
Reuters: Eurogroup to discuss EFSF leveraging, Greek reforms
TheTelegraph: Protectionism beckons as leaders push world into DepressionThe world savings rate has surpassed its modern-era high of 24pc. This is the killer in the global system. It is why we are at imminent risk of tipping into a second, deeper leg of intractable depression.
Yahoo: Greek gloom rocks markets, troubles lenders

NakedCapitalism: Citi Joins Bank of America in Finding New Ways to Bleed Customers
BusinessInsider: NO SURPRISE: Greece Will Miss Its Budget Deficit Targets
Economist'sView: Why Isn’t the Unemployment Crisis a National Emergency?
DemocraticUnderground: Eurozone fix a con trick for the desperate 
CalculatedRisk: Chrysler: U.S. September sales increase 27% year-over-year
OrangeCountryRegister: Housing crisis is not over

CNBC: Is the Whole World Going Into a Recession at the Same Time?
BlacklistedNews: Uh Oh: 90 Percent Of Americans Rate Economic Conditions In The U.S. As “Poor”  
Zerohedge: Bob Janjuah: "In One Year I Expect Global Equities To Be 25%/30% Lower; The S&P Will Reach Low 1000s In October" 
MacroBusiness.AU: China’s manufacturers miss their Xmas bounce

Bloomberg: U.S. Manufacturing Growth Probably Stagnated 
WSJ: Ghosts Could Be Lurking in Banking Machines - When it comes to banks, what you don't know can definitely hurt. That's a hard-learned crisis lesson and helps explain, in part, why big U.S. banks have taken such a pounding of late. 
TomDispatch: Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, How the American Taxpayer Got Plucked in Iraq 
Bloomberg: Roubini Says Europe Needs €2 Trillion ‘Bazooka’ 
Telegraph: Banking crisis set to trigger new credit crunch - The global financial system is on the edge of a new credit crunch as the cost of insuring the bonds of banks across the world hits new highs, analysts have said.
Bloomberg: Rethinking the Boosterism About Small Business - Politicians may love to extol the virtues of small business, but big companies are still the key to growth

Peak oil and Energy News
OpenSecrets: Surge of Lobbying Fuels Keystone XL Pipeline Project
UPI: Shell's arctic drilling faces opposition

Mineweb: Europe's debt crisis clearly very bullish for gold and silver - Gardner - If you want to know the future, pay attention to the decisions European policymakers will have to make regarding debt, says Scott Gardner, chief investment officer at Verdmont Capital. Gold Report interview.
Mineweb: U.S. copper futures sustain biggest quarterly loss in 3 years - U.S copper futures lost more than a quarter of their value in the July to September period, their largest drop since Q4 2008

Environmental News
MaxKeiser: Ozone hole now gaping wider at both poles (AGW deniers look away). 
Star-Telegram: Fort Worth residents say seismic testing damaged their homes
Grist: Population math explained: Growth rate is down, total is up [VIDEO]
WSJ: Flood Leaves a Trail of Ruin - Residents Face Cleanup After Missouri River Inundates Homes, Farms and Roads 
WSJ: House Is Gone but Debt Lives On 
GulfLive: House deadlocked over distributing oil spill fines
ExtinctionProtocol: Anak Krakatau raised to highest alert status- quakes are now continous, warn officials - Indonesian officials have raised the status of one of its most dangerous volcanoes, Anak Krakatau, to a “standby” or level IV- the highest level. The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), Surono said this is a rise in status that was set on Friday, September 30, 2011 evening at 24.00. 

BigPictureAgriculture: When Will We Admit that our Corn Ethanol Policy is Immoral? 
DesdemonaDespair: Grim predictions say 9 more years of Texas drought possible 
DesdemonaDespair: Philippines: ‘It’s the first time we’ve been hit by two consecutive typhoons, strong ones’
CBS: Millions of Bees Mysteriously Die in Florida 
ExtinctionProtocol: Double eruption reported on solar surface- geomagnetic storm alert 
Grist: I am the population problem - Population growth tends to get blamed on other people: Africans and Asians who have "more kids than they can feed," immigrants in our own country with their "large families," even single mothers in the "inner city."
But actually the population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me. Steer the blame right over here.
WBIR: Ground-shaking booms puzzle Louisville neighborhood - Louisville residents searching for the source of an unexplained ground-shaking boom can scratch another theory off the list.
RawStory: Global warming: New study challenges carbon benchmark

America in Decline
Reuters: Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts - Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law enforcement agencies, Web experts said this week.

Yahoo: Benefits Shut Off for 41,000 Michigan Welfare Recipients - On Saturday, Oct. 1, 41,000 Michigan welfare recipients will lose cash benefits in the amount of approximately $515 each. Gov. Rick Snyder capped maximum welfare payments at 48 months. Several Michigan recipients filed a class action lawsuit to overturn the four-year cap.
CommonDreams: It’s a Lie That Working Poor Don’t Pay Taxes 
MotherJones: It's the Inequality, Stupid - Eleven charts that explain what's wrong with America.
TruthOut: Domestic Spying Across the Country
TruthOut: Judging a Long, Deadly Reach - Scott Shane, The New York Times News Service: 
"The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck on Friday by a missile fired from a drone aircraft operated by his own government, instantly reignited a difficult debate over terrorism, civil liberties and the law.... A range of civil libertarians ... questioned how the government could take an American citizen's life based on secret intelligence and without a trial.... killing him amounted to summary execution without the due process of law guaranteed by the Constitution."
CommonDreams: The Due-Process-Free Assassination of US Citizens is Now Reality
AlterNet: Alabama Likes its Guest Workers Ignorant and Poor 
AlterNet: 6 Ways the Rich Are Waging a Class War Against the American People
Denying the very existence of an entire class of citizens? That's waging some very real warfare against them. 

Food and Water
Cryptogon: Britain: Sharp Rise in Demand for Food Handouts from Poverty-Stricken Families
IBTimes: Firm Recalls Beef for Possible E. Coli Taint
MSNBC: Romaine lettuce listeria recall expands to 21 states, Canada 
MSNBC: Cargill ground turkey sickens more in salmonella outbreak - Illnesses continue despite recall of 36 million pounds of meat two months ago
MSNBC: Flood of food imported to U.S., but only 2 percent inspected - As shipments rise, many say FDA can't ensure the food that ends up on your plate is safe

McClatchy: Rural California residents: 'Who knows what's in the water?' 
McClatchy: Dangers of nitrates well known, but stats are scarce 
TransitionVoice: Young farmers: Anybody want to be a serf?
“I don’t know a single person under 30 who doesn’t want to own a farm,” wrote Fran Korten in an issue of YES! Magazine devoted to jobs and alternative careers. “A growing segment of people don’t want to just buy organic, healthy food. They want to grow it. This new lust to farm seems to cross class, race, and politics.”
Fox: Lengthy Distribution Process Worsens Food Outbreaks 
TheGreenHorns: » High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers 
NYT: Flooded Farmers Learn to Be Creative

Science and Technology
ArchaeologyNewsNetwork: Children's prehistoric cave paintings discovered
RawStory: Critics charge Obama sets NASA on ‘path of decay’
Reuters: Immune system discoveries win 2011 medicine Nobel - Three scientists who unlocked secrets of the body's immune system, opening doors to new vaccines and treatments for cancer, won the 2011 Nobel prize for medicine on Monday.
NatGeo: Cannibalism Confirmed Among Ancient Mexican Group - It's long been rumored that an ancient, isolated people in what's now northern Mexico ate their own kind, in the hopes that they'd be able to eat corn later.
Now an analysis of more than three dozen bones bearing evidence of boiling and defleshing confirms that the Xiximes people were in fact cannibals, archaeologists say.

Medical and Health
AngryBearBlog: Free market mechanics and healthcare…Now, I hear something all the time in my work in the health policy realm, and that is that the “free market” could lower prices.  I even recently had someone approach me after I mentioned that the PPACA had resulted in an extra million people aged 18-25 having health coverage this year. His statement? “That’s exactly the wrong direction, we need to have less people, far less people with health insurance.” I asked him his reasoning…of course, already knowing what his response would be. He reasoned that it would force people to compare prices, shop around, and would dramatically lower prices through the mythical, magical “free market”….Of course, this ignores some rather real problems with this line of thinking. For starters, healthcare does not behave like normal commodities for a variety of reasons.  To start with, healthcare does not lend itself to price comparisons, and comparison shopping. The high costs are often related to trauma and emergency care/hospitalizations. It is simply not practical to ask which hospital in the area offers the best rates on cardiac catheterizations while you are being rushed to the hospital in the midst of an MI.

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: Green Coffee Beans for Long Term Storage
ModernSurvivalBlog: Winter Silence
You are at work. It’s 2PM in the afternoon. In an instant, without even a flicker, the lights go out, your computer monitor goes blank, and the office is suddenly devoid of the familiar background noises that you’ve become accustomed to. Silence.
Grist: The Greenie Pig’s got worms

Other News
Helium: Revealed: The shocking US plan to conquer Britain 
AddictingInfo: The Republican Plan To Privatize Prisons Has Hit A Wall
CommonDreams: The Tomatoes of Wrath
CBSNews: Prohibition: America's failed "noble experiment"
Today: 'Oh yeah ... that's gotta go' - At the brink of historic financial losses, the United States Postal Service launches a new TV advertising campaign designed encourage the use of snail mail. Msnbc's Alex Witt talks with reporter Ed O'Keefe.
TheGuardian: Two prisoners charged with murder of fellow inmate who raped girl of 13
Men aged 32 and 23 will appear in court over death of Mitchell Harrison, 23, who was found dead in a cell on Saturday

NationofChange: Ron Paul’s Right to Reject Assassinating AmericansThe congressman, who is competing with Perry and others for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has long complained about “war on terror” abuses that he sees as part of “the disintegration of American jurisprudence.”
And he was blunt in rejecting the victory-lap mentality that saw Obama Democrats and Perry Republicans celebrating the killing of American citizens.
“I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul said in New Hampshire. “Al-Awlaki was born here; he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. Nobody knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually—that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys—I think it’s sad.
TruthOut: Why are the Governors of America Saying Such Dumb Things?
Michael Winship, Truthout: "A mere glance at the foolishness uttered by the several seeking - or contemplating seeking - the GOP presidential nod reveal a race as much to the bottom of the rhetorical barrel as it is to the White House. But this week, several governors not seeking the Oval Office also revealed an uncanny gift for the goofy."
Hosted:  Cain says Christie too liberal for conservatives
CBSNews: Biden's brother hospitalized after powder scare 
WashingtonPost: Perry disputes hunting camp story; opponents pounce 
Fox: Cain: Name of Perry's Hunting Camp 'Insulting' to Blacks - According to a Washington Post article that appeared Sunday, the hunting camp owned by the Texas governor was branded with the name "N-----head." The word -- reportedly on a rock at the entrance of the 1,070-acre parcel -- has been painted over and the camp renamed.
DailyKos: We're kicking ass! Limbaugh and the talkers are running scared!
AlterNet: 10 Things That Would Enrage the Right-Wing if They Were Introduced Now - Welcome to America at the edge of insanity, where even the most innocuous items are now considered diabolical threats to the culture.
CSMonitor: Sex, race, and the Republican presidential campaign - Rick Perry is under fire for the racial slur that was the name of his family’s hunting camp. Meanwhile, all the GOP presidential candidates are being asked why they didn't stop the booing when a gay soldier raised "don't ask, don't tell" at their recent debate.
BusinessInsider: Four Times As Many Republican Women Would Prefer A Man As President, Rather Than A Woman

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Rod Serling saw the future of technology and absurdity
TinfoilPalace:So whats the media telling us these days ?
TheOilAge:JPMorgan Chase payout To N.Y. Police
TheOilAge:French teachers stage mass protests against austerity 
Hubberts-Arms:Occupy Wall Street: Arab Spring Comes to the US
Hubberts-Arms:Declaration of the occupation of New York City
SilentCountry:We are the 99% - Occupy Wall St collection of personal stories 
SilentCountry:The most powerful drug in the world

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