Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Breaking News Tues. Nov. 15, 2011

My goodness but the "Kunstlers" are very very good today!

The intersection of America's fake warrior culture of football with the nation's fake moral and ethical culture is instructive. It has many levels, like a convoluted freeway intersection of on-ramps, off-ramps, and merge-ramps. 

I hope I'm getting this right but... they removed this picture (captured and preserved by the Ozarker, thanks Ozarker!) wonder why they would remove it, he's so "manly" looking. LOL

and here is something from RJ

Anonymous Educational Series- John Perkins Speaking Freely

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!
And one last thing I didn't want to get lost in the post so I'm putting it up here. As if we didn't have enough to worry about right?

There is growing alarm among certain sectors that the US may be planning another  “event” using biological weapons, and may attempt to either blame this on terrorists or on some sort of “natural” epidemic.  It therefore becomes imperative to determine what sort of attack we may be facing and what we can do to protect ourselves.
BBC: Japan farm radioactive levels probed

Global Conflict
CNN: Missiles to protect London 2012 Olympics 
(good grief, if it's that dangerous to have the Olympics, then just don't have the damned thing!)
CNN: Turkey threatens to cut electricity as Syria is more isolated
BBC: Afghanistan mother and daughter stoned and shot deadA group of armed men have stoned and shot dead a woman and her daughter in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, security officials have told the BBC.
SeattlePI: Pressure mounts on Syrian leader amid crackdown
Atlantic: 9 Craziest Foreign Policy Statements from Saturday's Republican Debate - It's not hard to see why the first GOP debate on foreign policy was held on a Saturday night and only partially broadcast nationwide 

BlackListedNews: Israel launches new missile that can reach New York and Tokyo
GlobeandMail: EU slaps more sanctions on Syria 
BlackListedNews: CIA operations in Iran underway to take out Tehran bigs in mission to dismantle weapons program
JerusalemPost: Israel upset by PA's refusal to renew talks 
MSNBC: Scores die in clashes between deserters and troops loyal to Syrian regime
Violence comes after Jordan's king calls on Assad to step down and Arab League suspends its membership 

MSNBC: Scores die in clashes between deserters and troops loyal to Syrian regime 
Reuters: Analysis: Israelis doubt world will stop Iran's nuclear quest 
LAT: As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding 
CNN: How Iran persecutes its oldest religion 
BBC: Dozens killed in Syria as Jordan king tells Assad to go 
PressTV: Israel not to release Palestinians' taxes Israel has said it will hold on the transfer of Palestinian tax collections as punishment for the Palestinian Authority (PA)'s successful membership admission to UNESCO.
ScientificAmerican: Cyberwar Most Likely to Take Place Among Smaller Powers, Experts Say
ActivistPost: Permanent US Military Presence in Australia 

Capitoilette: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement
(thanks to our intrepid Ozarker for this story!)
Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country. “I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . .
InstituteForPublicAccuracy: Attacks on Occupy: “Revenge of the 1%”
“When you can’t win with words, you resort to the fist. This is why so many cities have tried to break up occupations in recent weeks, from Honolulu and Denver to Chicago and Albany to Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Mobile, Alabama. The 1% want to sweep the poor, homeless, unemployed and the rest of the 99% back into the abyss. But this has failed so far, and we should remember what has been said about those who would make peaceful change impossible.”

CBSNews: Occupy protesters regroup in NYC
Tim Cast: the other 99

BusinessPundit: 10 Differences Between OWS and The Tea Party
WhitehouseBlog: Occupy Sympathizer Plays APEC Dinner - As President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the heads of 18 other nations dined together Saturday night, they were unwittingly serenaded for almost 45 minutes by a musician playing a song about the Occupy Wall Street movement. "We occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few," sang Matthew Swalinkavich, a well-known local guitarist who calls himself Makana, the Hawaiian word that means "the gift". Makana was invited by the White House to perform during the APEC leaders' dinner.
MercuryNews: Occupy Oakland Live Blog: Man selling gas masks enjoys brisk business
NPR: Wall Street Protesters Ousted From Zuccotti Park
BlackListedNews: Israel’s Occupy Movement Achieves Victories
Timeline of eviction
TPM: Judge: NYC 'Occupy' Protesters Can Return To The Park -- For Now
A New York judge on Tuesday ruled that the Occupy Wall Street protesters — who just hours earlier had been evicted from their Zuccotti Park encampment — can return to the park, the NY Times reports. A hearing is set for Tuesday morning at 11:30 ET.
McClatchy: New York Mayor Bloomberg defends clearing of Occupy Wall Street
BBC: Mayor Bloomberg says Occupy camp was 'intolerable'
BrilliantAtBreakfast: Just who's being violent here? OccupyWallStreet.org: Updates from the dead-of-night raid on Zucotti Park
LAT: Occupy Wall Street: New York police evict demonstrators
MSNBC: Judge Halts Occupy Wall Street Crackdown
MSNBC: Occupy protesters, police in standoff over New York camp
Mayor Bloomberg shuts Zuccotti Park as he reviews court order issued the morning after police cleared the park of protesters
MSNBC: Police dismantle Oakland camp, protesters on march
MSNBC: Dissension among the ranks at Occupy Wall Street

Financial News
BusinessInsider: You'll Never Guess The One Thing That Made Retail Sales So Strong
Economist: No such thing as risk free - THE world faces a disturbing wake-up call as it realizes just how risky "risk-free" southern European debt was.
WSJ: San Francisco Fed Warns of High Recession Risk for U.S.
GlobeandMail: Euro crisis deepens as bond yields spike  
ATaxingMatter: Super-Congress wants to have its cake and eat it too
Bloomberg: Fed’s Fisher Sees U.S. ‘Poised for Growth,’ Lower Easing Odds
Ria: Greek opposition leader refuses to back new austerity plan
CharlesHughSmith: The World Is Drowning in Debt, and Europe Laces On Concrete Boots
MyBudget360: Crisis of generations – younger Americans moving back home in large numbers. Student loan default rates surging largely due to for-profit college expansion.
Reuters: Europe could be in worst hour since WWII: Merkel
WSJ: Which States Would Be Hit Hardest by EU Recession? - Some U.S. states would be hit harder than others if Europe falls into recession, according to new research by Wells Fargo economists. 
Forbes: 4 Tax Tips For Unemployed Workers
Zerohedge: The Rise Of The State  
Forbes: Former Billionaire Declares Personal Bankruptcy (one down...)
Politico: Leon Panetta paints doomsday scenario
CEPR: The Myth of the Wealthy Elderly: The austerity gang seeking cuts to Social Security and Medicare has been vigorously promoting the myth that the elderly are an especially affluent and privileged group. Their argument is that because of their relative affluence, cuts to the programs upon which they depend is a simple matter of fairness. There were two reports released last week that call this view into question. 
RollCall: GOP Finds Leeway in Grover Norquist’s Tax Pledge
Bloomberg: US Retail Sales Rise More Than Forecast on Electronics, Autos
CNNMoney: Wall Street's shrinking labor pool 
EconomistsView: Rising Risks of Recession - The situation in Europe has increased the chances of a recession in the US 
UPI: Black swans attack
CharlesHughSmith: Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Writing Off 3 Trillion Euros of Bad Debt?
EconoMonitor: Understanding the New View of Poverty (2): What Helps and What Hurts 
EarlyWarning: Size of the US Underground Economy
CapitalSpectator: The Triumph Of Austerity (And Its Consequences) - Europe's slowing economy is a wake-up call for the austerity-now folks.
GlobeandMail: Odds of U.S. recession top 50%: Federal Reserve study 

Peak oil and Energy News
ChrisMartenson: Selling the Oil Illusion, American Style - US production of crude oil peaked in 1970 at 9.637 mbpd (million barrels per day) and has been in a downtrend for 40 years. Recently, however, there's been a tremendous amount of excitement at the prospect of a "new era" in domestic oil production. The narratives currently being offered come in the following three forms: 1) the US has more oil than Saudi Arabia; 2) the US need only to remove regulatory barriers to significantly increase production; and 3) the US can once again become self-sufficient in oil production, dropping all imported oil to zero.
ModestoBee: Solar Power Boom Threatens Prime Ag Land - The question of when a farm is a farm is coming up often these days in California's agricultural heartland, where the sunny days and wide open spaces that make it America's most productive ag land are proving an irresistible mix to developers seeking to get in on the push for renewable energy.
OilPrice: Wind Power to be Competitive with Natural Gas by 2016
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk: A Review of North American Future Oil Production
EnergyBulletin: Climate and the XL pipeline - Nov 14
TheEnergyCollective: Consumers Deserve A LOT More Info About Smart Grid
RigZone: Iraq Cabinet Approves $17.2B Shell Gas Deal 
CNN: Oil prices gushing: 20% surge in 6 weeks 
LAT: Gasoline prices remain at record highs for this time of yearU.S. drivers paid an average $3.436 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, up 1.2 cents from a week earlier and 54.4 cents from a year earlier. The old record for this time of year was $3.111 a gallon, set in 2007.
MSNBC: Orbital solar power plants could meet Earth's energy needsHarvesting the sun's energy from space could provide cost-effective power within 30 years
Ecocentric: On Coal, Jobs and Regulations
Jia Lynn Yang of the Washington Post has a nice piece this morning on the real impact of government regulations on employment, pivoting off the tightening environmental rules that have led some coal plants to close early. She finds that on the whole, regulations don't have much impact on jobs:

Mineweb: Gold hit by financial market sell-off; euro debt fears weigh

Mineweb: Paulson sells a third of his gold holdings

Environmental News
5.8, Minahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi  
M 4.9, Salta Province, Argentina
M 4.5, Near Coast of Central Chile 
CNN: Temblor shakes quake-stricken eastern Turkey 
ExtinctionProtocol: Sinking lava lake spurs earthquakes at Kilauea volcano - November 14, 2011 – HAWAII – Eight small earthquakes rocked Kilauea Volcano after the lava lake at the summit caldera dropped in elevation.
TheTelegraph: BBC drops Frozen Planet's climate change episode to sell show better abroad
The BBC has dropped a climate change episode from its wildlife series Frozen Planet to help the show sell better abroad.
On Thin Ice features Sir David Attenborough, 85, talking at length about the melting of the ice and featuring hungry polar bears.
Viewers in the United States, where climate change sceptics are particularly strong group, will not see the full episode.
FoxNews: Controversial Oil Pipeline Plan to Be Rerouted After Threat of Delayed US Approval
ExtinctionProtocol: Juneau Alaska sees record snowfall- more snow expected - November 15, 2011 – ALASKA - Record snowfall levels have been reported in Juneau, and more snow was to arrive this morning.   
thanks to RJ for the following article! wow!
Guardian: Mongolia Bids To Keep City Cool With 'Ice Shield' Experiment -- Mongolia is to launch one of the world's biggest ice-making experiments later this month in an attempt to combat the adverse affects of global warming and the urban heat island effect. The geo-engineering trial, that is being funded by the Ulan Bator government, aims to "store" freezing winter temperatures in a giant block of ice that will help to cool and water the city as it slowly melts during the summer. The scientists behind the 1bn tugrik (£460,000) project hope the process will reduce energy demand from air conditioners and regulate drinking water and irrigation supplies. If successful, the model could be applied to other cities in the far north. The project aims to artificially create "naleds" - ultra-thick slabs of ice that occur naturally in far northern climes when rivers or springs push through cracks in the surface to seep outwards during the day and then add an extra layer of ice during the night. Unlike regular ice formation on lakes - which only gets to a metre in thickness before it insulates the water below - naleds continue expanding for as long as there is enough water pressure to penetrate the surface. Many are more than seven metres thick, which means they melt much later than regular ice.

America in Decline
LAT: GOP candidates won't say 'T-word' in discussing waterboarding
SOTT: Child Abuse: Why People So Often Look the Other Way
Post-Gazette: Drillers using counterinsurgency expertsMarcellus industry taking a page from the military to deal with media, resident opposition
ActivistPost: The age of citizen spies is upon us
Citizen spies are the hallmark of totalitarian regimes, fomenting distrust and suspicion between what should be friendly neighbors in order to keep everyone in line.
Reuters: The unemployment debit-card scandal - I’m a great fan of the way in which states including Oregon, South Carolina, and California are doing away with the unemployment check. If you want unemployment benefits, have them directly deposited into your bank account. Or, if you’re unbanked or otherwise don’t want to do things that way, get your unemployment benefits on a prepaid debit card. Except, it hasn’t quite worked out that way.
PoliticalCalculations: Income Inequality by Age Group in 2010

Food and Water
UPI: China's grain output in danger 
Cryptogon: In-Vitro Meat

Science and Technology
PopSci: Phobos-Grunt, Still Stuck in Orbit, Could Burn Up in the Atmosphere in January
PopSci: Video: Adorable Robot Rides Fixed-Gear Bicycle
Wired: 6 Guys in a Capsule: 520 Days on a Simulated Mars Mission
MSNBC: Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit for second time
Test hailed in Beijing as 'solid steppingstone' to space station construction 
Medical and Health
MSNBC: Kotex tampons recalled over bacterial contamination
NYT: Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Health Law
MSNBC: Defibrillator 'upgrade' apparently a dud
TheChart: High IQ linked to drug use
The "Just Say No" generation was often told by parents and teachers that intelligent people didn't use drugs.   Turns out, the adults may have been wrong.
CNN: Lack of soap means illness, death for millions of children 
Common chemical linked to Parkinson's
AMA: Medicare 27.4% doctor pay cut set for 2012 unless Congress acts - The across-the-board Medicare physician pay reduction scheduled for 2012 shrank slightly from projections made earlier this year, but doctor organizations said the cut still would be catastrophically large. A 27.4% reduction to doctor pay starting Jan. 1 would have devastating consequences on all physicians and the millions of patients who rely on the insurance program for coverage, patient advocacy associations and organized medicine groups have warned. Beneficiaries would suffer from not being able to see the doctors of their choice, and physicians would weigh leaving the program and perhaps closing their doors.
MedicalXPress: Skilled readers rely on their brain's 'visual dictionary' to recognize wordsSkilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts the theory that our brain "sounds out" words each time we see them.
NewScientist: Disease-ridden societies could be more murderous - DOES the threat of rampant disease leave people more likely to commit murder? It's a provocative suggestion, that, if correct, should provide even more incentive to improve the quality of public healthcare in countries where disease is rife.
Forbes: What We Don't Know About Suicide

Roughly 35,000 Americans commit suicide each year–more than die from prostate cancer or Parkinson’s disease. Another 1.1 million people make attempts, while 8 million have suicidal thoughts. Among those aged 15 to 25 it is the third leading cause of death. Yet researchers know astonishingly little about how to treat people who contemplate killing themselves. The subject has been so roundly ignored that the 900-page bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, offers no advice for doctors on how to assess suicide risk.
SFGate: Geron halts stem cell work, cuts 38% of workforce

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CNN: How to keep the power on during a storm
CNN: 6 incredible shipping container homes
These aren't your typical mobile homes. They're swanky, beautifully designed and, well, made out of recycled shipping containers.

Other News

Students Occupy Monster Homes In Merced, CaliforniaBusinessInsider: Meet The Christian Card Counters Who Game Casinos And Dominate High-Stakes Gambling (VIDEO)
Apparently, Jesus doesn't just save -- he gambles, too.
WashingtonPost: 9-year-old NC girl eats Pop-Tarts to survive 2 days in wrecked car; father killed
ChicagoSunTimes: Sandusky denies abusing boys; NY Times says there's more victims
BusinessInsider: China Has Awarded Its Annual Peace Prize To Vladimir Putin
Wired: Nov. 15, 1864: Sherman's March to the Sea Changes Tactical Warfare 

LegitGov: Bachmann's campaign manager calls CBS exec 'a piece of sh--' after debate 
USAToday: Ex-boyfriend of Cain accuser backs her story
Newt CapitalGainsandGames: Gingrich Wants To Kill CBO -  Former Speaker and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich might well have said that he wants to kill his personal physician because he didn’t like being told his blood pressure was too high. But that’s the equivalent of what Gingrich did say during a recent debate, when he made it clear that the Congressional Budget Office has to be eliminated if health care reform is going to be repealed. According to Gingrich, the CBO should be done away with because its analysis shows that, as enacted, health care reform reduces the federal budget deficit. This means that repealing it — as many in the GOP base to which Gingrich is appealing wants to do — will increase the deficit and, therefore, require spending cuts or revenue increases to offset the impact. That, of course, will make the repeal effort much harder and far less likely. But instead of proposing those offsets — that is, instead of doing the budget equivalent of taking steps to lower his blood pressure by losing weight, using less salt or taking medication — Gingrich wants to kill the CBO budget doctor so he doesn’t have to hear any more bad reports.

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Alabama Farmers Hurt by Immigration Bill - And Guess How He Votes?
TinfoilPalace: Bailiffs break into house and spray chemicals in dog's eyes in 7am raid over unpaid gas bill... that was owed by former tenant
TheOilAge: Frog-killer disease was born in trade 
TheOilAge: Vid-The different versions of the official story re the WTC 
HubbertsArms: Japan opens Fukushima reactors to outside eyes
HubbertsArms: Austerity bites - World of Warcraft subscriber numbers slump

SilentCountry: URGENT: High Probability of Grid Failure
SilentCountry: Most States Find it Cheaper NOT to Register Sex Offenders

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