Thursday, October 20, 2011

Breaking News Thurs. Oct. 20, 2011

Look out, Monsatano has invaded the produce isle!

LAT: Monsanto sprouting a produce-seed line
The agribusiness giant already has quietly stepped into the marketplace with vegetables grown from its seeds. The goal is to use its technology to create produce that tastes better and plants that yield more product, while letting farmers use fewer resources.
The agribusiness giant already has quietly stepped into the marketplace with produce grown from its seeds.
Grocery customers in California and elsewhere are chopping its onions that produce fewer tears, stir-frying its broccoli that decreases cholesterol and biting into tiny orange tomatoes that last longer on the shelf.
Soon, people will be thumping melons bred to be a single serving and shucking sweet corn genetically modified to enable farmers to spray the fields with the company's weed killer, Roundup.
Sorry this is shorter than usual, I got art supplies in the mail this morning! LOL

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!.

DesdemonaDespair: Graph of the Day: Radioactive Cesium in Metropolitan Tokyo Soil, August 2011

Global Conflict
Gawker: Troops in Afghanistan Burn Donated Copies of Bill O’Reilly’s Books
Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington — Patriot; George Soros — Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap. Just burned the whole lot of them on my Commander's orders.
AlArabiya: End of an era in Libya: Qaddafi killed in Sirte, says NTC - Former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.

WSJ: Gadhafi Hometown Captured 
CNN: Live blog: Gadhafi is dead, interim Libyan prime minister says
Time: Biggest Strike Yet Brings Greece to Halt
RawStory: Robert Reich: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest is already successful
DailyBail: HERO COP - NYPD Chief Joseph Esposito Saves The Day During Panic At Times Square Protest (VIDEO) 
Don't skip this clip.  NYPD Chief Joseph Esposito intervenes between violent officers and peaceful OWS protesters during chaos in Times Square Saturday.  This is a great story as told by Amy Goodman and Ryan Devereaux of Democracy Now, who were in the panicked crowd as police pushed their horses into the throng, who had nowhere to move.
BuzzFlash: Biggest Challenge for Occupy Wall Street Will Be to Prevent Police Infiltrators From Provoking ViolenceA recent article in the New York Observer highlights the ongoing challenge Occupy Wall Street faces in preventing the New York Police Department (NYPD) and perhaps FBI infiltrators from creating acts of violence that will turn the nation against the movement.
TheNewYorker: The Crisis in a Nutshell: Occupy Wall Street“If you don’t have a job, and you’re not rich, blame yourself"
October2011: Leaked Memo: The Corporate Board Rooms Fear the Occupy Movement Occupying their Board Rooms Targeting Individual Executives
CNN: Occupy Wall Street reacts to Goldman Sachs pay 'Do they really need all that?'
RollingStone: Why Rush Limbaugh Is Freaking Out About Occupy Wall Street - Matt Taibbi
BlackListedNews: Lies Behind the "Humanitarian War" in Libya: There is No Evidence!
Meet Dr. Sliman Bouchuiguir, the man behind the verified pack of lies used to justify NATO's intervention in Libya. This amazing piece of investigative journalism reveals not only how tenuous these fabrications were, but have produced Bouchuiguir himself admitting fragrantly that the allegations he made were contrived, baseless, unconfirmed, and designed specifically to give the necessary requirements for NATO's intervention.
CNN: Violence erupts in Syrian village

Hacker News
Wired: Military ‘Not Quite Sure’ How Drone Cockpits Got Infected
It’s been more than a month since a virus infected the remote “cockpits” of America’s drone fleet. And the U.S. military still doesn’t know exactly the machines at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada got infected.

Financial News
DailyBail: William Black: Not With A Bang, But A Whimper: Bank Of America’s Derivatives Death Rattle
Bloomberg: Herman Cain’s Other Tax PlanThe Republican Presidential candidate says his ubiquitous 9-9-9 proposal is just a stepping stone to his real goal: the “FairTax”
Chron: Rick Perry embraces flat tax
MSNBC: Sales of previously owned homes drop 3%
ExtinctionProtocol: Marketwatch warns EU banks will crash Wall Street
ExtinctionProtocol: Cashless society preview? Louisiana outlaws second-hand transactions in cash
NakedCapitalist: Quelle Surprise! GAO Finds the Fed is a Club of Backscratching, Well Connected, White Bankers - - Yves Smith - The GAO released a report yesterday that provided some anodyne but nevertheless useful confirmation of many of the things most of us knew or strongly suspected about the Fed: it’s a club of largely white male corporate insiders who do a bit too many favors for each other.
CharlesHughSmith: The Origins of American Debt-Serfdom 
MSNBC: Bank earnings don't bode well for economy
TheIndependent: Euro leaders warned over bank capital Analysts see no end to eurozone crisis without rapid recapitalisation of troubled sector
Zerohedge: 'Tis Not Merry Twistmas  
MacroBusiness: China’s whacky GDP -Here’s a little follow-up on the Chinese GDP numbers.
CNNMoney: 84% would pay more under Cain's 9-9-9 plan - Under Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax reform plan, 84% of U.S. households would pay more than they do under current tax policies, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonpartisan research group. And the impact would be felt most heavily by the lowest income groups. 
WashingtonPost: Supercommittee’s lack of progress on debt reduction raises alarms on Hill - With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt.
IBTimes: U.S. "misery index" rises to highest since 1983
BusinessInsider: Everything Just Instantly Tanked On A Headline About Possible Postponement Of EU Summit
Bloomberg: Protests Show Capitalism ‘Nearly Broken’
GlobeAndMail: How the euro zone may be ‘accelerating its own demise’ 
Forbes: The Biggest Borrowers From Uncle Ben Bernanke
WSJ: Pay Raises Trail Behind Even Mild Inflation - When even a hawk like Charles Plosser acknowledges inflation isn’t a near-term threat, you know price pressures are a non-issue for the recovery.
OffTheCharts: Higher Taxes on Wealthy Won’t Drive New Yorkers Away - New York’s highest-income residents will see their taxes fall at the end of this year in part because of the governor’s misplaced fear that unless this happens, they’ll flee the state.

Peak oil and Energy News
WBIR: 800 contractor jobs cut at TVA's Watts Bar 2
The Tennessee Valley Authority is cutting approximately 800 contractor jobs at Watts Bar Unit 2.
TVA officials said that pace of construction on the second unit at the nuclear power plant near Spring City has been slower than originally planned.
GlobeAndMail: Peak oil is about price, not supply  
Reuters: US gasoline prices rise, weigh on demand-MasterCard
Reason: The Miracle of Oil From Sand
USAToday: Energy poll: Americans fret about Congress, foreign oil

Environmental News
CNN: Ohio animal owner supplied cub for Heidi Klum
DesdemonaDespair: As danger laps at its shores, Tuvalu pleads for action on climate change
MeteoriteHunters: Breaking News -MBIQ Indicates Large Meteor Event Manitoba - Manitoba Canada, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota 19OCT2011  
MSNBC: 25-foot waves forecast for ... Chicago - Wind gusts of up to 60 mph could lead to replay of breakers that knocked down runners, bikers
SOTT: Sudden winter weather causes Bulgarian mayhem
MSNBC: More humpback whales in North Pacific than thoughtLargest-ever survey puts count at over 21,000 and possibly even higher (ok, now they'll know where to go to kill them.)
ExtinctionProtocol: Magma stirring under Sierraville, Ca. in ongoing quake swarm
LegitGov: Animal welfare group gives Ohio low score in dealing with wildlife

America in Decline
BlackListedNews: ‘The Pentagon hopes to sniff out who has fallen prey to dangerous ideas’
WashingtonPost: A Republican hazing ritual on Capitol Hill
Even by the standards of the highly charged immigration issue, what’s been happening among Republicans in recent days is, well, shocking.
First came Herman Cain, now a leading contender for the party’s presidential nomination, arguing for an electric fence at the border that would be powerful enough to kill people.
DetroitNews: Consumers paid more for food, gas in September
CNBC: Student Loan Debt Hits Record Levels
CNBC: A Long, Steep Drop for Americans' Standard of Living
Reuters: First look at US pay data, it’s awful - Anyone who wants to understand the enduring nature of Occupy Wall Street and similar protests across the country need only look at the first official data on 2010 paychecks, which the U.S. government posted on the Internet on Wednesday. 

Food and Water
DenverPost: Fresh salads sold in Colorado recalled
PreparednessPro: Zeroing In On Our Drinking Water Needs

Science and Technology
NewScientist: Stunning new Archaeopteryx fossil
CNN: Looks like magic: quantum levitation
It looks like something out of a magic show, where the magician is able to defy gravity and float or levitate an object in midair with no apparent explanation. Check out this really cool video which is not a Vegas show, but an example of something called quantum levitation:

Medical and Health
CNN: FDA cites sanitation issues in Listeria outbreak
CNN: Why teens are wired for risk 
TheChart: More than 1 in 10 in U.S. take antidepressants
Eleven percent of Americans over age 12 take antidepressants according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control.  The study, compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, looked at data from 2005 to 2008.  Among the other key findings:
MSNBC: Living in poor neighborhood can hurt health
Ten-year study shows link between impoverished areas and obesity
Other News
MSNBC: Couple married 72 years die holding hands
After car crash, 'neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other'
BusinessInsider: What It Was Really Like Inside The Kitchen On Texas' Death Row

The New York Times' Timothy Williams spoke with Brian D. Price, a former inmate and death row chef who cooked hundreds of final meals, often stretching his imagination and culinary skills to turn commissary fare into something gourmet.
Even though he's no longer cooking pre-execution dinners (despite the fact that he offered to continue to do them for free), he shared some crazy insights about what it's really like in the death row kitchen.
Salon: Rick Perry is literally trying to steal Herman Cain’s thunder
If at first you don't succeed, steal your opponent's gimmicky tax plan, tweak it, and call it your own
Businessinsider: Here's The Insulting Rick Perry Ad The Romney Campaign Tried To Yank From The Internet
TPM: Herman Cain’s Robust Campaign Operation Is Not So MuchCan you win a Republican presidential primary race without really spending any time or having any infrastructure in the key states that will secure the nomination?
Herman Cain seems to be testing that theory

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:Unusual Extreme Storm Predicted for Next Week.
TinfoilPalace:The Curtain Rods :D
TheOilAge:UK police to get greater repressive powers 
TheOilAge:Remember Food is the Ultimate Weapon 
Hubberts-Arms:Man assaulted, hidden from Press, denied lawyer
Hubberts-Arms:Occupy George
SilentCountry:Citigroup CEO: No U.S. recession coming
SilentCountry: The Large Families that rule the world

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