Thursday, October 13, 2011

Breaking News Thurs. Oct. 13, 2011

Something to rile you up, recommended by Stacy Herbert at Max Keiser.

Thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their contributions and help. Be sure to check out their great blogs today!.

Bloomberg: Rice Farmers in Japan Set Tougher Radiation Limits for Crops to Spur Sales
BBC: Radiation hotspot in Tokyo after Fukushima accident - Elevated levels of radiation have been detected in a residential area of Tokyo, say Japanese officials.

Global Conflict
RawStory: New York protest square to be ‘temporarily cleared’: mayor 
BusinessInsider: Uh-Oh: Is This Friday Going To Bring A Dramatic End To Occupy Wall Street?
Market-Ticker: OWS: The Risks Facing America Today 
MotherJones: Map: Protesters' Long-Term Plans for Occupying Zuccotti Park
MercuryNews: Mercury News editorial: Occupy Wall Street finally provides an accurate diagnosis of country's problems 
Reuters: Who's behind the Wall St. protests - Anti-Wall Street protesters say the rich are getting richer while average Americans suffer, but the group that started it all may have benefited indirectly from the largesse of one of the world's richest men.

TheIndependent: Patrick Cockburn: This bizarre plot goes against all that is known of Iran's intelligence service 
TheIndependent: Saudis vow revenge for Iran's 'plot' on US soil - Biden hints at sanctions as analysts puzzle over shock assassination claims
Reuters: Alleged Iran plot "dangerous escalation": Clinton - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Iran's alleged ties to a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington marked a "dangerous escalation" of Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism.
Time: Washington Bombing Plot Is Out of Character for Iran's Professional Killers
CNN: Some analysts skeptical of alleged Iranian plot
TPM: Friends Say Used Car Dealer Was Too Much Of A Mess To Pull Off Iranian Plot 
Reuters: Alleged Iran plot may have violated U.N. treaty - An alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States may have violated a U.N. treaty protecting diplomats and could escalate the crisis to an international court.

DetroitNews: Abdulmutallab pleads guilty, warns U.S. of 'day of judgment'
USAToday: U.S. aims to punish Iran for Saudi envoy plot
GlobeAndMail: U.S. says rocket-propelled grenade downed Chinook in Afghanistan  - U.S. military investigators have concluded that the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 30 U.S. troops in August was caused by an insurgent who fired a rocket-propelled grenade that struck the rear rotor of the aircraft.
It was deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in the decade-long war.
Zerohedge: Guest Post: A New Boogeyman For America
LegitGov: 3 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan
LegitGov: Biden: 'Nothing Off the Table' After Iran D.C. Terror Plot
LegitGov: Iran summons Swiss envoy
CNN: Nothing's certain about Iranian plot 
LegitGov: 'US drones fly from secret Kenya bases' 
(this story is not yet confirmed) TheUlstermanReport: BREAKING: Obama Calls In All 100 Senators For Iran Briefing?
Fox: Demonstrators Arrested inside Senate Hart Office Building

Hacker News
PCWorld: Anonymous May Have Slowed Down NYSE Site
Government Orders Google To Turnover WikiLeaks Information!  
Reuters: News Corp’s ethics cancer grows
DoJ’s WikiLeaks Probe Widens to Include Gmail, ISP
LulzSec still sitting on vast cache of unreleased data

Financial News
NYT: No Jobs Bill, and No Ideas, Editorial, NY Times: It was all predicted, but the unanimous decision by Senate Republicans on Tuesday to filibuster and thus kill President Obama’s jobs bill was still a breathtaking act of economic vandalism. There are 14 million people out of work, wages are falling, poverty is rising, and a second recession may be blowing in, but not a single Republican would even allow debate on a sound plan to cut middle-class taxes and increase public-works spending. 
Spiegel: Second Vote by Friday - Slovakian Parties Agree to Back Euro Fund
HuffingtonPost: Congress Passes Three Major Trade Deals, Ending Politic - if you listen to pundits and Washington politicians -- is completely broken. But when multinational corporate interests are at stake, suddenly the institution figures out how to get to work.
Cryptogon: Solution to Real Estate Mess: Burn Down Homes
DollarCollapse: Doug Noland: “The Situation Is Utterly Hopeless”
MarketWatch: J.P. Morgan cutting 1,000 investment bank jobs
Zerohedge: Luxury Chinese Boat Launches, Sinks Immediately  
PeopleDaily: China should buy US companies with forex reserves  
NYT: Divisions Grow on Federal Reserve’s Policy Committee 
MiddleClassPolicicalEconomist: Almost all government layoffs are local, but could be paid for by cutting subsidies  
TNR: Why Greece, Spain, and Ireland Aren’t to Blame for Europe’s Woes 
NTY: A Contradiction in the Cargo - Analysts have been raising their predictions for holiday spending ever since the back-to-school shopping season was stronger than most had expected.
WSJ: Vital Signs: More Unemployed Per Job Opening
CNN: Congress passes trade deals - WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- Congress passed trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Wednesday, delivering them to President Obama in time for the South Korean president's Thursday visit to Capitol Hill. 
BusinessInsider: GOLDMAN: Credit Spreads Are Implying A Recession, And MASSIVE Monthly Job Losses
NewAmericaFoundation: The Way Forward - The United States remains mired in what is by far its worst economic slump since that of the 1930s.1  More than 25 million working-age Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, the employment-to-population ratio lingers at an historic low of 58.3 percent,2 business investment continues at historically weak levels, and consumption expenditure remains weighed down by massive private sector debt overhang left by the bursting of the housing and credit bubble a bit over three years ago. 

Bloomberg: Google Tax Probe to Focus on Offshore Units - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is auditing how Google Inc. (GOOG) avoided federal income taxes by shifting profit into offshore subsidiaries, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. 
BBC: Slowdown in the German economy is predicted - Eight leading European economic institutes have forecast a steep slowdown for Germany's economy.
TheGuardian: JP Morgan profits fall - Bank's figures exceed analysts' predictions but profits still dip by 4% to $4.26bn
BusinessInsider: Review Of Irish "Ghost Towns" Finds Over 2,000 Unfinished Developments
VOA: US Congress Approves Three Free Trade Pacts 
CNBC: Goldman, Morgan Stanley May Shed ‘Bank’ Status: Analyst
Bloomberg: Wall Street Sees ‘No Exit’ From Financial Woes as Bankers Fret
OaklandTribune: Companies posted fewer job openings in August
Bloomberg: Revised EU Stress Test Would See 66 Banks Fail
IBTimes: Greece Bailout: Latest Eurozone Move Not Enough to End Crisis
Time: What If the China Bubble Bursts? - What's the most important economic question in the world today? One contender would certainly be whether the euro will collapse. Another might be whether the U.S. will plunge into a double-dip recession. But a third, and possibly the most important over the long term, is whether China can find its way out of the biggest housing bubble ever created. 
TaxPolicyBlog: Updated: New State Online Sales Tax Bill Introduced in Congress - Yesterday we reported on what might be in a new online sales tax bill being introduced into Congress. The actual version was introduced yesterday and is different from that version. Read the full version (PDF) of the bill; here is a talking points sheet being distributed by supporters. The bill is reportedly called the Marketplace Equity Act but the version I obtained yesterday has that blank. 

Peak oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: Medieval Smokestacks: Fossil Fuels in Pre-industrial Times
Mineweb: Atlas Copco gets US DoE grant to develop high-speed geothermal drilling technologyGlobal drilling equipment manufacturer, Atlas Copco, has been awarded a grant by the US DoE to develop geothermal drilling technology in conjunction with Sandia National Laboratories. 
EnergyBulletin: Peak oil from the ivory tower[i] 
DesmogBlog: In Throes of Keystone XL Controversy, Obama Admin OKs Alaska Offshore Drilling
TheGlobeAndMail: IEA further cuts global oil demand forecasts 

Environmental News
UPI: Great Wall crumbling, illegal mining cited - The centuries old Great Wall of China, completed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is crumbling in places due to illegal mining, China Daily reported.
Chron: Rice professor accepts Gulf article's fate - A Rice University oceanographer said he accepts a decision by the state's environmental agency to kill an article he wrote on sea-level rise in Galveston Bay, ending a standoff over the article's references to rising sea levels and human-caused environmental change. . "I refuse to have it published with their deletions." The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said late Monday it will remove Anderson's article on sea-level rise in Galveston Bay from a collection of 10 articles written for The State of the Bay, a periodical publication of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program. TCEQ, which had contracted with the Houston Advanced Research Center to produce the report, decided to discard the article after Anderson refused to agree to a number of deletions, dealing with climate change, sea-level rise and human-caused changes to the environment. Anderson said the article is based upon a 10-year, peer-reviewed study with other scientists. It was published by the Geological Society of America.
AccuWeather: Triple-Digit Heat to Bake Los Angeles Basin
ExtinctionProtocol: Geologic events take worrisome turn on Canary’s El Hierro Island

ClimateProgress: October 13 News: “Horrible” New Zealand Oil Spill Closes Beaches
DesdemonaDespair: Image of the Day: Slash-and-burn fires in Amazonia viewed from orbit
ExtinctionProtocol: Double earthquakes: 5.3 off the coast of Oregon and 6.1 strikes near Bali, Indonesia 
DesdemonaDespair: Thinking the unthinkable: Engineering Earth’s climate - A U.S. panel has called for a concerted effort to study proposals to manipulate the climate to slow global warming — a heretical notion among some environmentalists. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Jane C. S. Long, the group’s chairwoman, explains why we need to know more about the possibilities and perils of geoengineering.

ExtinctionProtocol: New scientific study finds ‘super-volcano’ eruptions can be triggered by quakes from surface faults 
DesdemonaDespair: ‘Unusual mortality event’ continues: 4 dead dolphins wash up on Gulf Coast beaches in 5 days - DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama –  A dolphin carcass, bloated and violet in the morning sun, was found on Fort Morgan early Saturday, bringing the number lost since the BP oil spill to more than 400.
Three other dolphins have washed up in Alabama in the past week, including a pregnant female on Dauphin Island and a mother and calf pair on Hollingers Island in Mobile Bay. 

America in Decline
WSJ:(Mission accomplished!) Afghan Opium Output Surges
SOTT: Psychopaths Develop Technology to Detect Angry Normals  
ForeignAffairs: The Broken Contract - Inequality and American Decline 
TCPalm: Florida's college prepaid tuition soars up to $49,293 - The cost of prepaying for college will soar by as much as $4,000 when the Florida Prepaid College Plans go on sale Monday. The price tag this year for the four-year university plan, traditionally the most popular, is $49,293 for a newborn, or $298 a month. 

ThinkProgress: Georgia Considers Replacing Firefighters With Free Prison Laborers 
LAT: Senate blocks Obama's jobs bill 
MSNBC: Sharp rise in foreclosures as banks move in - More U.S. homes are entering the foreclosure process, but they're taking ever longer to get sold or repossessed  by lenders.  The number of U.S. homes that received a first-time default notice during the July to September quarter increased 14 percent compared to the second quarter of the year, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. That increase signals banks are moving more aggressively now against borrowers who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments than they have since industrywide foreclosure processing problems emerged last fall. Those problems resulted in a sharp drop in foreclosure activity this year. The surge in default notices means homeowners who haven't kept up their mortgage payments could now end up on the foreclosure path sooner. 

DetroitNews: DHS sends out revised welfare cutoff letters

Food And Water
SeattleTimes: Corn, wheat prices fall on USDA report
CNN: Death toll from tainted cantaloupes rises to 23

Science and Technology
PopSci: Update: Iran Tried and Failed to Launch a Monkey Into Space Last Month
BBC: Black Death genetic code 'built' - The genetic code of the germ that caused the Black Death has been reconstructed by scientists for the first time.
The ancient burial site is under what is now the Royal Mint
PopSci: NASA's Shuttle Chief Will Manage Spaceflight Operations at Virgin Galactic
ZDNet: Facebook: Releasing your personal data reveals our trade secrets 
IBTimes: Dawn Mission Sighting Reveals Mountain Taller than Everest on Vesta The Dawn mission launched by NASA in 2007 and arrived at the Proto-planet Vesta in July has just finished its second mapping sequence.
Wired: Equation: Radiocarbon Dating
ScientificAmerican: Leading Light: What Would Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Mean for Physics?Most physicists are betting against the idea that neutrinos can pierce the cosmic speed limit, but that has not stopped some researchers from exploring the implications
KurzweilAI: Paul Allen: the Singularity isn’t near 
IBTimes: Yeti’s Bed, Footprint & Markers - Scientists '95% Sure' of Its Existence
According to a report by the Guardian, the team has found "solid evidence" that the "Yeti" exists, including footprints and possible hair samples. This could shed new light on the possible existence of the "Yeti", often considered a mythical ape-like creature (also called "Bigfoot" or the "Abominable Snowman").
Spiegel: Near-Perfect Young Dinosaur Fossil Found in Bavaria
CNN: BlackBerry: 'We've now restored full services'

Medical and Health
TheChart: How American teens view sex

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ContainerGardening: Milk boxes : Remarkable containers for growing seedlings (Laura Ester PAVON / Fundacion Ecologica / Willem VAN COTTHEM)
ModernSurvivalBlog: A Basic Solar Power System Description and Diagram
ModernSurvivalBlog: Keep Spare Parts With Your Preps 
TransitionVoice: A muffin for all seasons

Other News
DeclineoftheEmpire: Another Sign The Apocalypse Is Upon Us
Some stories write themselves, especially those telling us The News is Not Good. Winda Benedetti's Ready to play? 91 percent of kids are gamers (courtesy of is one of them.
TPM: Amish Mob Broke Into Homes And Cut Off Hair And Beards
Five Amish men in Ohio were arrested this week for allegedly breaking into the homes of other Amish men and cutting off their hair and beards.
The men were charged with aggravated burglary and kidnapping, according to WKYC, related to allegations that they were responsible for a series of six break-in-and-hair-cutting incidents.
The men are from the Bergholz clan, a breakaway clan headed by bishop Sam Mullet, who is also the father of three of the five men. The Bergholz clan has around 120 people and is made up of eighteen families. Seventeen of those families are related to Mullet, WKYC reports. 
(Mullets giving hair cuts! LOL Oh, and read the comments, they are great! )

TPM: A Taxing Situation: Why The GOP Is Advocating A Tax Increase On The Middle Class
You can almost always count on Republican presidential candidates to be united in their opposition to more taxes for the rich. But this time around, the 2012 field is standing lockstep behind a less traditional idea: the middle class pays too little in taxes.
RawStory: Keith Olbermann calls Florida Republican lawmaker an ‘a$$hole’
Current TV host Keith Olbermann called Florida state Rep. Brad Drake (R) an “asshole” on Wednesday for introducing legislation to replace lethal injection as a execution method with electrocution or a firing squad. Drake said he got the idea for the bill after talking to someone at a Waffle House.
WashingtonPost: The hysterical (and deceptive) conservative response to Elizabeth Warren
AtlanticWire: GOP Empire's Plan to Crush Tea Party Rebels

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Recommended Read: Occult  America
TinfoilPalace:Family Gets Lost in Corn Maze and Calls 911
TheOilAge:It Begins: Harrisburg Files For Bankruptcy Protection 
TheOilAge:Alarming News" For Q3 And Beyond
Hubberts-Arms:Here we go again: U.S. Says Iran-Tied Terror Plot in Washington, D.C. Disrupted 
Hubberts-Arms:Children to be banned from blowing up balloons, under EU safety rules
SilentCountry:Vertical farm design
SilentCountry:Are you sleeping???

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