Monday, November 21, 2011

Breaking News Mon. 21, 2011

Don't watch this video unless you want the top of your head to blow off and fireworks come shooting out!
I can't remember seeing anything that made me so goddamned infuriated.
BlacklistedNews: Shocking video as police pepper spray UC Davis students staging passive sitdown protest
Cryptogon: Fake Terror Plots, Paid Informants: The Tactics of FBI ‘Entrapment’

Oh, and looky! The Kunstler has another great post! Thanks to the Ozarker for sending the heads up!
Even poor Gerald Celente, chief of the Trends Journal forecasting group, arch-nemesis of "the white-shoe boys" got snookered in the action when MF Global somehow ended up with custodial care of the Gold ETFs Gerald was collecting and his shit just vanished! I heard him fulminating over it on a podcast and he is not somebody I'd want to be on the bad side of. Up until now, Celente was only commenting on the prospects for revolution in the streets. Now, I daresay, he'll be out in front leading it (or perhaps rappelling down Jamie Dimon's security wall with a straight razor clenched in his teeth).
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! I hope you didn't miss RJ's Friday wrap up and the Ozarker's Saturday post. If you did, hustle on over and check them out. Do support their blogs, they help in gathering these links ever single day and deserve our thanks.
Also, don't forget the forums linked at the bottom.

Oh, and one more thing. Isn't just smart! Good grief!
ActivistPost: Scientists Weaponize Deadly Bird Flu, Consider Releasing Results Necessary to Create Bioweapon

It sounds like something out of a bizarre science fiction comic book, but scientists have weaponized the H5N1 bird flu virus, and are actually considering releasing the research.
The experiments, which involved mutating the virus a total of 5 times, made the strain highly contagious between ferrets — the very animal model used to study human flu infection.

ExtinctionProtocol: Architect of Fukushima’s Reactor 3 warns of massive hydrovolcanic explosion

Global Conflict
LAT: Boeing delivers first batch of 30,000-pound bombs to Air Force
The Massive Ordnance Penetrator — the Air Force has ordered 20 from Boeing — is nearly five tons heavier than any other bomb in the military's arsenal and is made to pulverize underground targets.
 An artist's rendering of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000-pound bomb. (Boeing Co. / July 15, 2009)
RawStory: Santorum: ‘No one believes Israel is going to attack any Arab country’
DemocracyNow: Tahrir Square Under Attack: 32 Egyptians Killed, 1,750 Injured in Protests Against Military Rule
YahooNews: 'Al-Qaida sympathizer' accused of NYC bomb plots
TheAtlantic: The Egyptian Military Digs In - Will the country slide back into authoritarianism?
BlackListedNews: Russian warships entering Syrian waters to inhibit foreign invasion as opposition calls for no-fly zone
CNN: Gadhafi's son captured | Wounded   
InternationalKompas: Gaddafi's Son in Prison Cell with 'Missing Fingers' 
SydneyMorningHerald: We're keeping Gaddafi, says Libyan town
USAToday: NYC police arrest 27-year-old terror suspect
BBC: Egypt protests: Death toll up in Cairo's Tahrir Square
WSJ; Gadhafi Allies Are Captured
Hosted: Egypt's death toll climbs - 35 killed in 3 days of clashes, most in violence today around Tahrir Square 
CBSNews: 11 protesters killed in Egypt clash
TheAtlantic: American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Foreign Policy
TheDailyBeast: Egypt Fears Violence on Election Day 
SeattlePI: Israel shuts down dovish radio station - Israel has ordered the shutdown of a dovish Israeli-Palestinian radio station, officials and the station's operators said on Sunday.
The station and other critics said the move was politically motivated, and part of a broader assault on democracy by conservative forces in the government.
JuanCole: Serri: Iran’s UN Inspectors are Repeating the Iraq Mistakes
SeattlePI: Libya says Gadhafi son to be tried at home
CBSNews: Arab League rejects Syria peace plan changes

TreeHugger: This Is The Photo That Will Start A Real Revolution
This image by Louise Macabitas is similar to those that Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing shows from another angle. It is of Lt. John Pike walking along a line of University of California at Davis students and acting as if he was spraying Febreze on some smelly hippies. But it isn't Febreze, it's pepper spray. The cop looks happy, almost bored as he does this to students who could be my kids, your brothers and sisters or you or me. It's an image that says it all: I have power and you don't. I have a job and you don't. I have rights and you don't.
MSNBC: Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street
Bottomline: Captains of finance clueless about Occupy's anger
LAT: UC President "appalled" at UC Davis pepper spray incident
MSNBC: Officers in pepper spray incident placed on leave  - President of the 10-campus University of California system says he's 'appalled' 
Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street: It’s Not a Hippie Thing - Don’t be fooled by the drum circles. Today’s protests have more in common with the anti-Hoover 1930s than the antiwar ’60s and ’70s

RawStory: Occupy Wall Street parties near Bloomberg’s doorstep
DailyKos: Drum Circle at Bloomberg's Home 
WashingtonPost: UC Davis pepper-spraying raises questions about role of police
the following block of links was sent in by RJ and I wanted to just post it in it's entirety.

#OccupyAlbany continued arrests under Cuomo curfew. #OccupyBangor Why R U Here? With drummer! #OccupyBoston Interviews with Occupiers. #OccupyChicago twitter stream infested with trolls. Rahm? Dave? #OccupyDC occupies closed homeless shelter DC hopes to develop, makes Pravda. #OccupyIowa Iowa caucus wild card. #OccupyNashville mike checks Rummy at fundraiser. #OccupyNashville link to fake “Nashville Electric Service” van doing surveillance. #OccupyOakland situation fluid as of this writing. West Coast port shutdown December 12 (George Washington). #OccupyPortland: Confluence with single payer advocates. #OccupySeattle Interview with Dorey Rainey. #OccupyWallStreet: "NYPD Don’t Be Wall Street Mercenaries" (May S).

Occupy Tweets: "Excuse me officer, I’d like to report some illegally parked cars” / Pepper Spray soon to be declared a vegetable / I am not protesting because I need something to do. I am protesting because something needs to be done / Planning Crafts Fair for Kids, just bring them down [to] the disease infested encampment! / One more clarification: NYC’s homelessness, poverty not *solely* #OWS’ responsibility. It’s all of ours as New Yorkers. Especially Mike’s / Shopper has been camped out in a tent for two weeks waiting for Black Friday… Arrest him!

ABCNews: University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi says she won't resign despite outrage over her handling of campus officers' blasting pepper spray into the faces of students protesting Friday in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"I really feel confident at this point the university needs me," Katehi said today on "Good Morning America." "There are so many critical issues to be addressed and we really need to start the healing process and move forward."
MSNBC: Tea Partier to Occupier: 'Y'all ought to be joining us'
'You have a lot of the same goals we have, which is to take our country back'
RawStory: Gingrich proposes replacing janitors with children, gets mic checked by Occupy Boston

Hacker News
ModernSurvivalBlog: Russian Cyber-Attack Hits Illinois Infrastructure
PopSci: Russian Hackers Breach Springfield, Illinois (?) Water Utility and Destroy Pump
CNN: Slain British girl's family give phone hacking evidence

Financial News
BlacklistedNews: Wall Street Analysts Everywhere Are In Agreement: THE WORLD IS ENDING
BottomLine: Stocks tumble amid concerns about debt loads
IBTimes: Global Economic Outlook Grim, China Tells U.S. Trade Visitors
NYT: The Deficit Deal That Wasn’t: Hopes Are Dashed 
Zerohedge: $15 Trillion US National Debt ‘Supercommittee’ Impasse To Support Gold
CharlesHughSmith: Preserving the Status Quo with Artifice and Lies Leads to Systemic Collapse
Zerohedge: WHaT KiND oF KaNGaRoo SHiTe DoES $850,000 BuY FRoM a K STReeT LoBBYiST?
MSNBC: Retailers change to snare shoppers caught in the Web - As impusle buying in brick and mortar falls, moves to make that experience more like online
HuffingtonPost: Super Committee Deadline Looms: Failure Would Pose Crummy Choice: - If the deficit-cutting supercommittee fails, Congress will face a crummy choice. Lawmakers can allow payroll tax cuts and jobless aid for millions to expire or they extend them and increase the nation's $15 trillion debt by at least $160 billion.
Independent: What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe - The ascension of Mario Monti to the Italian prime ministership is remarkable for more reasons than it is possible to count. By replacing the scandal-surfing Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has dislodged the undislodgeable. By imposing rule by unelected technocrats, it has suspended the normal rules of democracy, and maybe democracy itself. And by putting a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs in charge of a Western nation, it has taken to new heights the political power of an investment bank that you might have thought was prohibitively politically toxic. This is the most remarkable thing of all: a giant leap forward for, or perhaps even the successful culmination of, the Goldman Sachs Project. 
SHTFPlan: Warning From Wall Street Broker: “The Entire System Has Been Utterly Destroyed”; Recommends “ALL customers Withdraw From All of the Markets” 
DownwardSpiral: The Proposed "Pay-Per-Mile" Tax is a Shockingly Dumb Idea

CharlesHughSmith: As the Debt Machine Grinds to a Halt, Job Creation Falls Off a Cliff 
Prospect: Super Duper Failure - As many of us have been hoping and praying, the Super Committee fell of its own weight, making room for a much better debate about where budget cutting fits into a recovery strategy (if at all), and how to raise taxes progressively in order to finance the investments and jobs that America needs.
BusinessInsider: Next Up In Europe: A Major Bank Firesale That Will Provide Great Profits For The Vultures 
WSJ: Deficit Effort Nears Collapse
NYT: Could Every Day Be Black Friday? - Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the single most manic, delirious shopping day of the year and, of course, the official beginning of the holiday-buying frenzy.
Telegraph: Germany's secret plans to derail a British referendum on the EU - Germany has drawn up secret plans to prevent a British referendum on the overhaul of the European Union amid concerns it could derail the eurozone rescue package, leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.
ModeledBehavior: Money in a Post-Apocalyptic Society - A couple of Market Monetarists seem to be suggesting that the ECB should forget about standing as Lender of Last Resort and instead simply focus on a Nominal GDP level target of perhaps 4% or so. There is a part of me that is twisted enough to want them to do this just to see what would happen. Off the cuff I can see a couple of possibilities
Blacklistednews: The Final Straw? Jefferies And Six Other Banks Sued For "Fraudulent" MF Global Bond Issuance
WashingtonPost: Debt supercommittee members brace for failure  
MarginalRevolution: If true we are doomed - Paul Krugman points us to a very important, very recent paper by Hyun Song Shin (pdf),
CalculatedRisk: A few comments on the expected NAR existing home sales revisions - "In the near future", the NAR is expected to revise down their estimates of existing home sales for the last few years.
Reuters: Why tuition costs are rising
WSJ: Vital Signs: Start-Up Job Creation Stalled
Krugman: Fairy Tales- One repeated gripe I’ve had about news coverage in the Lesser Depression is the way deficit-hawk myths about markets are often reported as facts. Again and again, slight upticks in interest rates have been attributed — in news stories, not opinion pieces — to debt fears, despite the complete absence of any actual evidence to that effect. Bloomberg today has an interesting twist: U.S. Futures Decline on Concern Supercommittee Won’t Agree on Budget Cuts. In reality, US rates are down, suggesting no increase in debt concerns whatsoever.

Peak oil and Energy News
WSJ: More Pipelines Needed to Carry Crude to U.S. Gulf
TheOilDrum: Is It Really Possible to Decouple GDP Growth from Energy Growth?
StarTribune: Oil falls to near $97 in Asia after a Chinese leader predicts long global economic malaise
FT: America is Entering a New Age of Plenty - Forget Al Gore’s “planet in peril.” Forget also Mr. Obama’s promise that future generations would look back on his nomination as “the day the oceans stopped rising.” Embrace instead the language of tar sands, shale gas, fracking and tight oil. Without quite knowing whether they were new boondoggles or potential game-changers, the debate in Washington until recently largely ignored these escalating supply shocks. Yet together, they have transformed America’s energy outlook. Because of better technology, notably breakthroughs in drilling, the U.S. all of a sudden realizes it is sitting on a century’s worth of gas supply (see chart above of domestic production). When Mr. Obama came to office, the country faced projections of rising natural gas imports from places like Qatar. The same technology has unlocked ever-growing estimates of once inaccessible “tight” oil lurking beneath America’s rocks. In its immediate neighborhood, Alberta’s huge expanse of “tar sands” contains oil reserves that rank Canada second only to Saudi Arabia. In Brazil, recent advances in offshore oil drilling will relegate Venezuela into second place in the region. Without any real input from Washington, windfalls just keep dropping into America’s lap. Welcome to a new age of plenty."

Mineweb: India urged to buy more gold as reserve value soars

Environmental News
M 5.0, Western Honshu, Japan
M 4.7, Southern Sumatra, IndonesiaExtinctionProtocol: Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano expels 5 km ash cloud in violent explosion
November 20, 2011 – MEXICO CITY - Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed a burst of ash 3 miles (5 kilometers) into the air after magma broke...
NYT: Brazil Officials Criticize Chevron Over Oil Spill
MSNBC: Chunk of LA street, cliff slide into Pacific
Workmen are shown at the site of a slow-moving landslide last Tuesday in Los Angeles. The bluff at Paseo del Mar in the San Pedro area of L.A. slid into the sea late Sunday.
Area that for months had been shifting collapses as storm hits Southern California

GreenEconomics: Anticipating The Costs of Drought Induced by Climate Change
ThinkProgress: Defining a Fishery Disaster: The Disconnect Between the Fishing Industry and Politicians
Slate: How Much Can We Blame on Global Warming? - Sorting through the confusion on “extreme weather events.”
MSNBC: Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves
Texas finished its driest 12 months ever with an average of 8.5 inches of rain through September, nearly 13 inches below normal
Wired: Hula Painted Frog Bounces Back From Extinction

America in Decline
YahooNews: The Top 0.1% Of The Nation Earn Half Of All Capital Gains - Capital gains are the key ingredient of income disparity in the US-- and the force behind the winner takes all mantra of our economic system.
SOTT: US: Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground
BlacklistedNews: Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census Bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by sex of student and discipline division: 2008-09 (table) 

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: 2011 Canadian Farmland Prices Up 9.5%; Saskatchewan Farmland Up 14% in Year
Reuters: WFP says more than 1 million Zimbabweans need food aid

Science and Technology
MotherJones: Why artificial intelligence is closer than we realize
MSNBC: Whale fossil bonanza in desert poses mystery - Researchers have begun to unearth one of the world's best-preserved graveyards of prehistoric whales 

MSNBC: Police using technology to shield internal communcations - Officials say they want to keep criminals from using internal chatter, but critics say open communications ensure public receives fast information 

CosmicLog: New bee or not new bee? - One researcher has identified 11 new species of sweat bees, including a bug named in honor of Gotham City — but in a sense, these bees aren't new at all. They've probably been right under our noses all this time.

NPR: Speed Of Light Hasn't Been Broken, Second Set Of Scientists Says
BusinessInsider: What Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, And SAP Don't Tell Customers (MSFT, IBM, ORCL, SAP) - The four big software vendors -- Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and SAP -- have hidden motives that customers need to understand, otherwise they might be...
ScientificAmerican: Digital Movies to Replace Film by 2015
KurzweilAI: Quantum theorem shakes foundations - The wavefunction of quantum mechanics is not simply a statistical tool that reflects our ignorance of the particles being measured, but is physically real, according to physicists at Imperial College London.
Wired: When Whales Walked in Egypt 

Medical and Health
KurzweilAI: Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows
We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.
New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses. “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.
CBSNews: Singing the praises of fat - We all know the downside of eating too many calories and too much fat ... or do we? What if we were to tell you that many nutritionists now believe that fat isn't so bad for you after all? Would you offer up a prayer of Thanksgiving, or simply say FAT CHANCE?
MSNBC: Breast cancer drug revoked for 'life-threatening' risks

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
BigPictureAgricululture: Design for a Simple Root or Vegetable Cellar - This is a century-old plan for building an inexpensive "temporary" cellar for storing vegetables.
ModernSurvivalBlog: Best Turkey Brine Recipe
WhatIsHydroponics: Hydroponics How To: How to Build an Aeroponic Growing System
ModernSurvivalBlog: Definition of Survival Preparedness
EnergyBulletin: Reviews: "When All Hell Breaks Loose" and "Organize for Disaster"
PermacultureUK: Planting a New Woodland - Patrick Whitefield takes a look at what to consider when designing and planting a new woodland.

Other News
RawStory: Alleged White House shooter claims he’s Jesus
Wired: Pizza Party Gone Awry May Have Doomed CIA Spy Ring
RawStory: Fox News host: Men don’t mind if ‘their skirt’ makes more money
MSNBC: Obama security booklet discovered in gutter in Australia's capital - 'If that had got into the wrong hands, it would certainly put the president and some of his entourage at risk,' expert says

SOTT: Antismoking Wolves
DesdemonaDespair: Video: P is for Propaganda - Here’s Desdemona in 1997, giving a presentation on propaganda technology. it was such an innocent time: before 9/11, and before The Matrix,
DeclineoftheEmpire: So, Are You Depressed?
IntelDaily: 6 Speed Reading Lessons 

RawStory: Organizers: 50,000 sign Walker recall petition in just 48 hours
CBSNews: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden booed at NASCAR
BusinessInsider: Here's The Stunning Video Of NASCAR Fans Booing Michelle Obama - Stayin' classy.

TPM: Newt Gingrich: Left Attempting To ‘Drive Out Of Existence’ Traditional Religion 
RawStory: Krugman: ‘Only fools and clowns’ believe Republican ideolgy - video

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Soldier Charged with Attempted Espionage. For Telling His Mother To Prepare For The End of the World? (this is a must read.)
TinfoilPalace: 7 Predictions For The Year 2011 From 1931 Visionaries

TheOilAge: Obama moves to legalize cluster munitions 
TheOilAge: TSA tells the public to fuck off... 
HubbertsArms: Magnetic cow findings cause row among Google Earth researchers
HubbertsArms: New Poll: 41% Think the American Dream is Dead, Other 59% Believe in Unicorns
SilentCountry: 'Lone wolf' terror suspect arrested in New York
SilentCountry: Brave students pepper sprayed.

1 comment:

  1. This, in reality, is why I am so god darned infuriated with Brock Lesnar. Pro struggling in this day and age is little more than the old guy at the team.