Monday, October 31, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Oct. 31, 2011 Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

LAT: Offbeat Traveler: Ghost towns around the world
and something from Zero Hedge!
Zerohedge: ReTuRN OF THe BaiL OuT THRiLLa! (HaPPY HaLLoWeeN ZeRo HeDGE!)
HuffingtonPost: 'Happy Halloween' Google Doodle Features 1000 Pound Pumpkins (VIDEO)

Thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion. If you missed his weekly wrap up of financials, go check it out today! and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  She posted another great article Friday, do yourself a favor and go read,  "Then they Fight Us"

Have a great day you guys.

Global Conflict

GlobalPost: Gaddafi sodomized: Video shows abuse frame by frame (GRAPHIC)
An analysis appears to confirm that a rebel fighter sodomized Gaddafi with a knife. 

Fox: Report: Bodies of 267 Qaddafi Supporters Found in His Libyan Hometown
TheAtlantic: Justice Denied: Why Qaddafi's Killing Was Wrong
Reuters: NATO concludes Libya mission after seven months
Reuters: Palestinians Admitted to Unesco in Landslide Vote
Washington'sBlog: Did Oakland Police Intentionally Shoot Marine Vet Scott Olsen In the Head?
WSJ: In Tenn. and NY, locals thwart protesters' removal
TruthOut: How the 99 Percent Really Lost Out - in Far Greater Ways Than the Occupy Protesters Imagine 
CNN: Dozens of Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon
MSNBC: October Storm Tests OWS Protesters at Zuccotti Park  
TruthOut: Gandhi Meets Monty Python at Occupy Wall Street: The Comedic Turn in Nonviolent Tactics
DailyBail: OCCUPY DENVER - Police Use Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, Fire Rubber Bullets At Protesters (Video) 
USAToday: Hamas caught in bind as Gaza violence heats up
WashingtonPost: Iran formally complains to US over Saudi ambassador plot charges
BlackListedNews: Syria Using U.S. Made Web Surveillance and Censorship Systems
Time: Israel Aircraft Hit Gaza, 2 Found Dead
SOTT: Refusing to die in silence: Palestinians resist settler violence during the olive harvest
NYT: Unesco Approves Full Membership for Palestinians
UPI: Saudis mull oil as a weapon against Iran 
USAToday: Libyans wounded in war to be treated in U.S. 
LegitGov: US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa
MSNBC: US is planning buildup in Gulf after Iraq exit - Pentagon draws up plans to reposition forces in case of Iraq flare-up or Iran confrontation  
TulsaWorld: Attack on NATO convoy kills 17 in Afghanistan

Reuters: Arab League hands Syria plan to end unrest

Financial News
Reuters: Dollar touches new low on yen, euro holds firm
Sybil'sStar: A Default By Any Other Name - Isn't it wonderful how our Ruling Class can persuade itself that something isn't really what it is, simply by calling it something else. "EU Forges Greek Bond Deal," shouts the headline on Thursday's Wall Street Journal. Aha, one thinks, they've found a solution that doesn't involve Greece going into default. They reached a "deal." But wait a minute. The second line reads: "Private Investors to Take 50% Haircut." What is a 50% haircut if not a default? 

USAToday: Replacing $1 bill with coin could save $5.6 billion
Politico: Wall Street reform law bogged down
MSNBC: Zombies worth over $5 billion to economy - The walking undead reflect our anxieties over scary times 

Reuters: Japan intervenes to tame soaring yen ahead of G20
CNBC: Vatican Calls for 'Central World Bank' to Be Set Up
MarketWatch: Why you can’t get the lowest mortgage rates
BusinessInsider: ABSURD: The EFSF Considers Issuing Yuan-Denominated Bonds 
CalvulatedRisk: FOMC Meeting Preview 
Mish: Massive Intervention in Yen; Japan Finance Minister Promises to "Intervene Until I'm Satisfied"; Race to Debase Back On; Will It Work 
NPR: What If We Paid Off The Debt? The Secret Government Report
Bloomberg: Sarkozy Criticized for Seeking China’s Help - French President Nicolas Sarkozy came under fire from opposition leaders for seeking China’s help to resolve the euro area’s debt crisis.
BusinessInsider: Okay, Very Soon We're Going To Have To Start Talking About Portugal - Just a warning: We're going to have to start talking about Portugal again, probably rather soon. 
MyBudget360: The walking debt – U.S. public debt now surpasses $15 trillion. The financial sector has wreaked disaster in the American economy. Wall Street banks cause havoc in housing and student loans.
Bloomberg: Yen Slides Most in Three Years After Japan Intervenes; Euro, Krone Weaken The yen slumped the most in three years against the dollar as Japan stepped into foreign-exchange markets to weaken the currency for the third time this year after its gains to a postwar record threatened exporters. 
CapitalGainsandGames: Defense, Jobs,and the Making of Hypocrites - Defense budgets go up and down.  They have ever since the end of the Second World War. We are in a build down today, one that is likely to continue for the next decade, regardless of what the Super Committee does, and regardless of the hard court press coming from the Pentagon, its allies in Congress and, especially, the industry that manufactures weapons for the Department of Defense. In fact, were defense budgets to decline by $465 billion from the current DoD projections, it would be the most moderate and shallow build down we have ever experienced since the end of the Korean War.  
BlackListedNews: Let Them Eat Cake: 10 Examples Of How The Elite Are Savagely Mocking The Poor 
USAToday: Economists: Europe crisis to cloud U.S. economy in 2012
VancouverSun: Qantas resumes operations after dispute 
TheTelegraph: George Soros attacks Brussels rescue deal
Veteran investor George Soros has attacked the lack of leadership at the top of the eurozone and said that the new Brussels "deal" to solve the debt crisis will only last between "one day and three months".
 OECD: Bold G20 action needed to rebuild confidence amid weak economic growth, says OECD’s Gurría
NYT: Did You Hear the One About the Bankers? 
NYT: Sarkozy Warns France of New Economic Reality 

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: Two more ethical challenges to Canada's oil sands
BusinessInsider: MASS FAMINE, NO OIL, NO GAS: What Life Might Be Like In The Year 2100 
NYT: In Colorado, a Power Struggle With the Power Company
SacBee: Experts Say Rosy Oil Forecasts Obscure Impending Crisis
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News October 31, 2011 - Fuelish Choices - The Brazilian biofuels industry faces a deep political divide.
EnergyBulletin: Not so much: Shale gas shows its limitations
FoxBusiness: EIA: US Net Gasoline, Distillate Exports Hit Record Highs In August

Mineweb: Costless, limitless, meaningless money ever since the gold standard demise
Once-upon-a-time, a debt default wasn't known as "forgiveness"...Since Nixon cut the dollar link to gold we've seen a succession of ever bigger credit bubbles.
BullionBullsCanada: ‘D-Day’ Near For GLD

Environmental News
M 4.7, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan
M 4.7, Northwest of Kuril Islands
StarTribune: Study funded by skeptics finds global warming real
DesdemonaDespair: Life in drought: Parched Texas town seeks emergency fix – Remaining water ‘tastes ugly and it stinks’ 3M powerless as October snow surprises Northeast
NYT: Floodwalls Keep Bangkok Dry and Suburbs Angry
Reuters: Rare, deadly October snowstorm batters Northeast
SOTT: US: More dolphins found: 3 washed up Friday; 14 total dead in October, which is 'not normal' 
FDL: Witch Hunt Against Polar Bear Scientists Takes New Twist – 2nd Scientist Asked to Take Lie Detector Test
M&C: Philippines claims symbolic 7 billionth baby  
LAT: U.S. Embassy air quality data undercut China's own assessments - One day this month, the reading was so high compared with U.S. standards it was listed as 'beyond index.' But China's own assessment that day was that Beijing's air was merely 'slightly polluted.'
LAT: Beijing's air quality? 'Crazy bad," says U.S. Embassy
MSNBC: A child is born and world population hits 7 billion - Doctor wonders 'whether there will be food, clean water, shelter, education and a decent life for every child'  

America in Decline FBI Says Gangs Infiltrating the US Military
Salon: The next front in the abortion wars: Birth control
DenverPost: Captured: The Ruins of Detroit Plog — World, National Photos, Photography and Reportage -photo essay
Alternet: Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers - There’s the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge fund managers) and there’s the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the military contractor CEOs.
ForeignPolicy: Americans: Awash In Spin - I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa for a decade.  They don’t realize that their liberties have been supplanted by a Gestapo Police State.  Few understand that hard economic times are here to stay.
USFoodPolicy: The SNAP (food stamp) explosion -  Every couple years, we update this dynamic interactive graphic showing how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation changes in response to economic conditions and federal and state policies.  With this Google Gadget, you can track a particular state of interest, or watch all states move together. Of course, the real drama is in the final two years.
CSMonitor: A long, steep drop for Americans' standard of living 
TruthOut: A 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones
Weaponized UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), also known as drones, have their own caucus in Congress, and the Pentagon's plan is to give them their own state as well.
Under this plan, 7 million acres (or 11,000 square miles) of land in the southeast corner of Colorado, and 60 million acres of air space (or 94,000 square miles) over Colorado and New Mexico would be given over to special forces testing and training in the use of remote-controlled flying murder machines. The full state of Colorado is itself 104,000 square miles. Rhode Island is 1,000 square miles. Virginia, where I live, is 43,000 square miles.

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: Soil: Exporting our Nutrients versus Biointensive Agriculture
BigPictureAgriculture: A Commercial Mushroom Grower in Colorado

Science and Technology
CentralFloridaNews13: NASA to announce new commercial partnership Monday
MotherNatureNetwork: 7 images of ghostly nebulae
StateColumn: Scientists: Lutetia Asteroid is a puzzling discovery - New images of Asteroid Lutetia is spurring new ideas about its formation and structure. Researchers suggest that this asteroid may have a molten-hot core, which could mean the asteroid is leftover from the planetary formation process.

Medical and Health
KnoxNewsSentinel: Prescription pills are East Tennessee's 'new crack'
Test Could Show Which Cancers Will Respond to Chemotherapy: Tumors closer to committing "cellular suicide" are more sensitive to conventional anticancer drugs.

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: How To Stop The Bleeding With QuikClot
CanadianDoomer: Sad News for Food Freedom in Canada
SHTFPlan: Barter Society Emerges in Greece As Crisis Deepens *Video* 

Other News
SOTT: Chinese Troops in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir: Indian General VK Singh
SOTT: Catholic Church Makes A Fortune In The German Porn Business
NYMagazine: The Class War Has Begun
KansasCityStar: Three dead, three still missing in Atchison grain elevator explosion 
NYT: How Ready Are We For Bioterrorism? - The specter of a biological attack is difficult for almost anyone to imagine. It makes of the most mundane object, death: a doorknob, a handshake, a breath can become poison. Like a nuclear bomb, the biological weapon threatens such a spectacle of horror — skin boiling with smallpox pustules, eyes blackened with anthrax lesions, the rotting bodies of bubonic plagues — that it can seem the province of fantasy or nightmare or, worse, political manipulation.
MSNBC: To snag homes, shelter pets get glam makeovers
Photographers are helping homeless animals get a new chance on adoption 

AJC: Cain team denies report of sexual harassment
 Time: Cain Faces Sexual Harassment Flap
Politico: Texas poll: Cain leads Perry bleeds
Reuters: Republican Cain accused of sex harassment: Politico
NewRepublic: Yes, the GOP Just Might Nominate a Candidate Patently Unqualified to Be President

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Weaponized Drones Coming To... Texas
TinfoilPalace: Iran AND The Mexican Drug Cartel Working Together??!!
TheOilAge: China refuses to rescue Europe 
TheOilAge: 7 Billionth Human to be born on Monday 
HubbertsArms: Wall Street's Secret Oil Games 
HubbertsArms: A Worrying Look At Food Inflation In The Coming Year
SilentCountry: Ad for gun training bars Muslims and Obama voters
SilentCountry: AN HONEST JUDGE throws the book at troopers over #Occupy

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