Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Breaking News Wed Oct. 12, 2011

This from the Ozarker this morning.
Time: Hiring Narcos to Murder the Saudi Ambassador? If It's True, Tehran Is Pretty Dumb
I know I don't have to tell most of you guys that this whole thing sure seems a bit "off" doesn't it?
Time will tell I suppose.

Sincere 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 and go by the forums and hang out too!

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Global Conflict
BlackListedNews: Iranian Terror Plot: Fake, Fake, Fake 
DailyBail: Hey Jamie Dimon, The Protesters Are Outside Your House
MSNBC: Alleged plot may signal ominous turn by Iran regime - Shadowy unit acting within US would be unprecedented, experts say 

AhramOnline: Saddam 'double' escapes Alexandria porn kidnap gang, again - Egyptian Saddam Hussein lookalike claims foreign gang attacked him after he refused lucrative offer to star in sex videos they could sell as 'found footage' 

MotherJones: Four Things You Need To Know About The Iran Bomb Plot - The assassination was never going to take place. Tueseday FBI Director Robert Mueller described Iranian-American Mansour Arbabsiar's alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States as straight out of a "Hollywood script." In a sense he was right—because the plot was controlled from the beginning by the FBI.
BBC: Iran agents 'planned US terror attacks' - The US says it has broken up a plot by agents linked to Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington using explosives.
WSJ: U.S. Ties Iran to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy
WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities said Tuesday they had charged two men in an Iranian-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
TruthOut: Protests Grow in “Europe’s Next Greece”
TheTelegraphUK: Iran calls Saudi ambassador assassination allegations an 'evil plot'
Iran called US allegations of a plan to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington an "evil plot" by the United States, in a complaint sent to the United Nations.
Chron: Texas informant foiled death plot
SeattlePI: Al-Qaida chief urges Islamic rule in Libya
ArabNews: Israel agrees to swap 1,027 Palestinians prisoners for Shalit
BlackListedNews: Boston police impose curfew for protesters  
VancouverSun: Wall St. protesters target homes of top executives
DailyBail: VIDEO - Marine Vet At Occupy Wall Street Tells Sean Hannity To "F*CK OFF" For Saying Protesters 'Hate Liberty' - Last week, Fox News Sean Hannity called the Occupy Wall Street protesters un-American, saying they "hated liberty."  The marines in this clip have a response for Hannity:
DemocracyInAction: ‘Vulture Capitalist’ Paul Singer’s Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests
“The campaign the marginalize and destroy the growing 99 Percent Movement is in full swing, with many in the media attempting to smear the people participating in the ‘occupation’ protests across the country. However, several of the so-called journalists deriding, and in some cases sabotaging the movement, have paychecks thanks to a billionaire whose business practices have been scorned as among the worst of the financial elite.” 
CBSNews: "Gunwalking" subpoena for AG Holder imminent
CBS News has learned a congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder could go out as early as Tuesday, ordering him to turn over documents to lawmakers about when he was aware of a controversial gun smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious.
LAT: Eric Cantor tempers criticism of Occupy Wall Street
BlackListedNews: Is Iraq threatening to break its military links with US?
CNN: Injuries mount as inmates riot at Oklahoma prison
BBC: US to pressure Iran over 'plot to kill Saudi envoy' 
CBSNews: U.S. aims to "unite the world" against Iran 
AlArabiya: Israel apologizes to Egypt for deaths of security personnel in cross-border shootings

Hacker News
LAT: Ex-News Corp. executive to testify again in hacking scandal
Les Hinton, former chief of News Corp.'s Dow Jones and confidant of Rupert Murdoch, will appear before the British Parliament to answer questions about the phone hacking scandal.

Financial News
BusinessInsider: This Is The Moment When Herman Cain Lost The Tea Party Vote 
RawStory: EU says eurozone needs ‘permanent’ austerity 
CNNMoney: Volcker Rule gets FDIC approval 
TheBigPicture: American Hedge Fund Assets = $1.4 Trillion
USAToday: Slovakia rejects expansion of euro zone bailout fund 
Bloomberg: Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy on Debt - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, facing a state takeover of its finances, filed for bankruptcy protection after failing to pay the debt on a trash-to-energy incinerator. 

CNNMoney: Day of reckoning for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley
TheTelegraph: German push for Greek default risks EMU-wide 'snowball'
Germany is pushing behind the scenes for a "hard" default in Greece with losses of up to 60pc for banks and pension funds, risking a chain-reaction across southern Europe unless credible defences are established first.
NYT: Slovak Leader Vows to Resign if Bailout Vote Fails
LAT: Wall Street is shedding jobs as global economy sputters
VanityFair: The Woman Who Knew Too Much - Suzanna Andrews, Vanity Fair. On why Warren didn’t get the nod at the CFPB. Gives a good picture as to who her friends and enemies were, and in particular, how much Geithner had it in for her. There are a couple of real whoppers in here.
WSJ: Vital Signs: Falling Global Activity 
NYT: Worsening Attitudes - Americans have given their economy a vote of no confidence. Or at least, very little confidence.
CNNMoney: Debt committee could raise risk of U.S. downgrade
GlobeAndMail: Euro crisis could ‘destroy’ financial system, George Soros warns 
YahooFinance: FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit - FDIC backs rule that would ban banks from trading for their own profit instead of clients 

Krugman: Intellectual Styles Of The Rich And Clueless 
KingWorldNews: Embry - If We Repeat 2008, Stocks Could Fall 40% From Here 
Economix: Bankers’ Salaries Vs. Everyone Else’sWhy are the Occupy Wall Streeters so angry at bankers? This chart might give you some idea:
Hosted: Greece hit by new strikes against austerity
YahooFinance: Millions could lose unemployment benefits in 2012
ForeclosureRadar: The Foreclosure Report - September 2011 - After Big Jump in August, Foreclosure Starts Fall Again
NYT: Slovakia Rejects Euro Bailout
AlJazeera: China's landing: Soft, not hard - China's economy is slowing. This is no surprise for an export-led economy dependent on faltering global demand. But China's looming slowdown is likely to be both manageable and welcome. Fears of a hard landing are overblown. 
Economix: 99 Percenters and 53 Percenters Face Off - Welfare. Food stamps. Bankruptcy and minimum wage. Those are a few of the complaints of those in We Are the 99 Percent, a Tumblr blog recording the stories of those who sympathize with the Occupy Wall Street protests.But wait. Those are also the complaints in We Are the 53%, a counterblog that is meant as a conservative retort to the protestors. The site, which mimics the 99 Percenters by having people write out their stories and hold them up to be photographed, says it is by “Those of us who pay for those of you who whine about all of that.” What’s with all the percentages? The 99 Percenters are objecting to the fact that 1 percent of Americans control about a third of the country’s wealth. The 53 Percenters are portraying themselves as the responsible citizens who pay federal income tax, as opposed to the 47 percent of Americans who don’t. The 99 Percenters, who have given a voice to the decentralized protests, tell of accumulated student debt, unaffordable health insurance and a sense of despair. “I followed the rules … now here I am,” wrote a 30-year-old unemployed woman who said she could not afford marriage or children. The 53 Percenters, on the other hand, say things like, “My faith in God has always helped me weather the storms of life, not a government hand out.”
BusinessInsider: The Entire World Economy In One Huge Slide
Bloomberg: Senate Republicans vote to kill Obama's jobs bill
Bloomberg: Senate passes bill to sanction China over currency

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: On the cusp of collapse: Complexity, energy & the globalised economy
CarpeDiem: Amazing North Dakota Sets More New Oil Records in August as Production Doubles in Only 26 Months
TomDispatch: Tomgram: Bill McKibben, Obama and the Corruption of Big Oil 
YahooFinance: Oil rises to above $86 on weaker dollar to euro - Oil inches up above $86 in Europe on weaker dollar and despite lower IEA crude demand forecast
BusinessInsider: IEA Slashes Oil Demand Estimates On Fear Of New Global Slowdown
NYT: Views Differ on Restoring Libyan Oil Output 
LAT: Gasoline prices fall for fifth week in a row - The averages for a gallon of regular drop 2 cents in California and 3 cents nationally, but they're still well above the year-earlier figures. Rising fuel exports are keeping prices high, the Energy Department says.
WashingtonPost: OPEC cuts oil demand forecast, citing economic woes in US and other developed countries

Environmental News
DeclineoftheEmpire: Forget About It! The Fix Is In
On August 30, 2011 I wrote about the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf coast. The post's title was Another Pointless Climate Protest. At that time, climate activists (including reader Gail) were protesting the construction of the pipeline, which would facilitate greater exploitation of the tar sands, leading to greater CO2 emissions over time. Nothing will ever be done about global warming in my view, so all such protests are exercises in futility.
BBc: New Zealand oil spill ship captain charged - The captain of a cargo ship that has grounded off New Zealand and is leaking oil into the sea has been arrested and charged, officials say.
RollingStone: Climate Change and the End of Australia
Want to know what global warming has in store for us? Just go to Australia, where rivers are drying up, reefs are dying, and fires and floods are ravaging the continent
TheIndependent: Leading article: An alarming environmental risk
BP's "environmental impact assessment" makes sobering reading. According to the company's own analysis, the well it proposes to drill in the sea off the Shetland Islands has the potential to unleash the world's biggest ever oil spill.
TheIndependent: Exclusive: BP to risk worst ever oil spill in Shetlands drilling - Internal report warns of ecological disaster if new well bursts
ENN: Lawsuit Challenges Premature Mowing of Keystone XL Path Through 100 Miles of Nebraska’s Sandhills

America in Decline
CNN: 5 law officers among 70 charged in Arkansas drug trafficking bust
LegitGov: 'Fast and Furious' Hypocrisy: Where was Fox News When the Pentagon Lost 200,000 Weapons in Iraq? Tennessee may soon require drug testing for government assistance - Three dozen states are considering drug testing for welfare, food stamp and public housing recipients, according to the New York Times. Florida law has required welfare applicants to pass a drug test and pay for it themselves since July, and the number of people applying for assistance in the Sunshine State has dropped to it's lowest number since the start of the recession.  Arizona, Indiana and Missouri passed similar laws. Thefts of copper and other metals on the rise across the region

Science and Technology
ScientificAmerican: How Many People Can Earth Hold? Well... - The Rockefeller University's Joel Cohen noted at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that the question of Earth's human-carrying capacity depends on how we're being carried. Steve Mirsky reports
Time: Scientists '95% Sure' Bigfoot Lives in Russian Tundra - Scientists and yeti enthusiasts believe there may finally be irrefutable evidence that the ape-like creatures roam the vast Siberian tundra, reports the Guardian.
Slate: Pets With Problems - Does spaying cause depression in dogs and cats?
CNN: Dark energy, science's biggest mystery
NewScientist: Zoned-out rats may give clue to consciousness  
Kurzweil: Cray announces ‘Titan’ supercomputer, potentially world’s fastest
In the second phase, expected to be completed in the second half of 2012, the hybrid Titan system will combine AMD Opteron processors with “Kepler” NVIDIA Tesla graphic processing unit (GPU) technologies, allowing Cray XK6 customers to run applications with either scalar or accelerator components. This will result in one of the first general-purpose GPU supercomputers, with an architecture that will be capable of more than 50 petaflops of performance, according to Cray.
PopSci: Video: South Korea's Small Robot Dog Quietly Prances Around
VancouverSun: Sony suspends 93,000 online accounts after unauthorized sign-ins; credit cards not at risk

Medical and Health
TheTelegraph: Emergency staff to be told if you want to live or die - Paramedics are to be told if a patient does not wish to be resuscitated or wants to die at home, under plans backed by ministers to extend the use of electronic medical records.
Fox: Romney’s Advisers Met With Obama to Help Craft ‘Obamacare’
TheChart: Folic acid may protect language development

Other News
LegitGov: UW Professors: Accused Anthrax Killer Couldn't Have Done It
WBIR: Grandmother scammed out of thousands by man threatening her grandchildren - A Greene County grandmother fell victim to a scam while she thought she was keeping her grandchildren safe.
According to Detective Capt. John Huffine of the Greene County Sheriff's Office, the 77-year-old received a phone call from a man who said he would kill her grandchildren if she didn't send him money.
BBC:Where child sacrifice is a business - A BBC undercover reporter is told "we can bury the child alive on your construction site"
'Sacrifice business'
Many believe that members of the country's new elite are paying witch doctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.
At the Kyampisi Childcare Ministries church, Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga is teaching local children a song called Heal Our Land, End Child Sacrifice.
To hear dozens of young voices singing such shocking words epitomises how ritual murder has become part of everyday life here.
"Child sacrifice has risen because people have become lovers of money. They want to get richer," the pastor says.
BBc: Police to track criminals whose DNA is not on database - Police could take DNA samples from up to 13,000 people convicted of serious offences like murder, manslaughter and rape, whose profiles are not on record.

BusinessInsider: RIP: Rick Perry For President (August 13, 2011—October 11, 2011)
Slate: 99 Percenters, Meet the 53 Percenters - In response to Occupy Wall Street, some conservatives are blasting the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal taxes. Do they have a point?
RawStory: Romney flip-flops on protests: ‘I worry about the 99 percent’
Mish: Republican Debate a "Nine-Dimensional Truth-Stretching Wonder"; Perry and the "Pinocchio Test" 
ThinkProgress: Romney’s Economic Plan Includes $6.6 Trillion Tax Cut For The Rich And Corporations

The Forums
TinfoilPalace:'Worst ever environmental disaster'
TinfoilPalace:Charlotte Iserbyt: The Secret History of Western Education & Scientific Destruction of Minds
TheOilAge:Rumsfeld Can't Answer Questions... 
TheOilAge:Alert volcanic island of El Hierro
Hubberts-Arms:The war on brown people is heating up: Alabama no water for you law
Hubberts-Arms:Upcoming important info re:West Coast Fallout
SilentCountry:How the US government secretly reads your email
SilentCountry:Cash-Strapped Topeka, Kansas, May Stop Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases 

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