Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Breaking News Tues. Nov. 29, 2011

This first article really threw me for a loop first thing this morning.
Maybe it's just me but, this has "Clusterfuck looking for a place to happen" written all over it!

DoctorTipster: Dutch Researcher Created A Super-Influenza Virus With The Potential To Kill Millions
A Dutch researcher has created a virus with the potential to kill half of the planet’s population. Now, researchers and experts in bioterrorism debate whether it is a good idea to publish the virus creation ”recipe”. However, several voices argue that such research should have not happened in the first place.
The virus is a strain of avian influenza H5N1 genetically modified to be extremely contagious. It was created by researcher Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands. The work was first presented at a conference dedicated to influenza, that took place in September in Malta.
and another link
PopSci: Should a New Recipe for Engineered Bird Flu, Potent Enough to Kill Millions, Be Published?

Extra Special thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer.
If you aren't visiting their blogs...what's the hold up? LOL And as always, don't forget the forums!

Global Conflict
CSMonitor: Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel
Reuters: Iranian protesters storm British embassy
Reuters: Iranian protesters seize 6 British embassy staff
Reuters: Attack hands Pakistan a chance to squeeze US
WSJ: Pakistan Boycotts Meeting on Afghanistan
NYT: Pakistan Rejects US Account of NATO Strikes Along Border
CBSNews: Iran students storm U.K. Embassy in Tehran 
PBS: After Deadly Raid, How Can Pakistan, U.S. Ratchet Down Tensions? 
CNN: Iranian protest leads to embassy incursion 
Quad-Cities: 40,000 troops to leave Afghanistan by end of 2012  
Reuters: Sound of blast reported in Iran's Isfahan city -The sound of an apparent explosion was heard from Iran's Isfahan city on Monday afternoon, the head of the judiciary in the province said, but the province's deputy governor denied that there had been a big blast.
IBTimes: Saudi Arabia: Shia Protests Against the State Intensify
SeattlePI: Kuwait government resigns, but stays as caretakers 
LAT: International banks have aided Mexican drug gangs 
CSMonitor: Osama bin Laden: The truth behind the SEAL raid? Five bombshells.

USAToday: Occupy protests heat up; 4 arrested in LA
VancouverSun: Police and anti-Wall Street protesters skirmish in Los Angeles 
CNN: Occupy LA asking court to stop eviction

Hacker News
CNN: Murdoch editors knew of hacking, ex-reporter testifies
NYT: British Hacking Scandal Widens to Government Secrets
MSNBC: Exclusive: Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say

Financial News
SFGate: Banks made billions on secret Federal Reserve loans 
DailyBail: MUST SEE - Bernanke's Stealth Bailout For Wall Street Kept Secret From Congress
BlacklistedNews: Canada and Mexico to Join U.S. in NAFTA of the Pacific  - At the recent APEC meetings, Canada and Mexico announced their interest in joining the U.S., along with other countries already engaged in negotiations to establish what has been referred to as the NAFTA of the Pacific.
BusinessInsider: A New European Law Will Stop Facebook Selling Personal Information To Advertisers Without Permission
NYT: Italy’s Borrowing Costs Soar 
CapitalGainsandGames: Super Committee Was Never About Deficit Reduction
BusinessInsider: JOHN TAYLOR: The Euro Situation Is Worse Than I Could Have Dreamed
Barron's: What the Charts Are Telling Us About Retail Stocks
TheTelegraph: Barack Obama says US willing to help Europe resolve debt crisis - US President Barack Obama pressed European Union officials on Monday to act quickly and decisively to resolve their sovereign debt crisis, which the White House said was weighing on the US economy. 
[KR216] Keiser Report: Kleptocrats Go for Gold  - We discuss lunatics for Italian gold and another failed debt auction in Germany. In the second half of the show, Max talks to Mark O’Byrne of Goldcore.com about the European debt crisis and Ireland’s gold. (He talks about Roubini too. LOL)

Economist: Who killed the euro zone?
NYTDealbook: American Airlines Parent Files for Bankruptcy
TaxFoundation: California Budget Shortfall Will Trigger Automatic Cuts
OutsidetheBeltway: Eurozone Only Days Away From Collapse? - That’s what Wolfgang Münchau at The Financial Times says:
MacroBusiness: Have we passed peak travel? - Most economists understand is that growth in mobility and travel has for centuries signalled growing prosperity. Indeed, measures of transport miles are often used as indicators of economic activity.  The graph below is from Millard-Ball and Schipper’s 2010 article on trends in per capita vehicle miles, showing the strength of this relationship since 1970 in a selection of developed countries. But what the authors also observed was a turning point in the relationship around 2003.  Was it peak travel, or a sign that such an event is around the corner?
CNNMoney: Citigroup's $285 million SEC settlement rejected
BusinessInsider: Buffett Sums Up The Euro Crisis In A Few Sentences 
IBTimes: Will the Federal Reserve Implement ‘QE3’ This Month? 
Reuters: Insight: In euro zone crisis, companies plan for the unthinkable
Spiegel: Euro Zone on the Brink - A Continent Stares into the Abyss 
FiscalTimes: Better than a Bank Bailout: A Federal Lottery
Bloomberg: Paulson Gave Hedge Funds Advance Word

Peak oil and Energy News
Zerohedge: Pimco's 4 "Iran Invasion" Oil Price Scenarios: From $140 To "Doomsday" 

Statesman: Austin eyes West Texas for solar power
Star-Telegram: In Hurst, congressmen tout drilling to help fund roads
WashingtonPost: Livestock farmers warn ethanol industry’s demand for corn could lead to meat shortages
SHTFPlan: Peak (Cheap) Oil: How It Will Change Your Life (Micro-Doc)

TheAtlantic: Is a U.S. Mining Company Funding a Violent Crackdown in Indonesia?American mining giant Freeport-McMoRan is paying the same local police who have used violence against mine workers asking for better wages
Mineweb: Are the days of gold as collateral getting closer?

Environmental News
M 5.7, Bali Sea
M 4.7, Mid Indian Ridge
BusinessInsider: BP Gulf Payout Pushed Back As Trial Could Go On For Years
TreeHugger: Ringling Bros. Fined For Animal-Welfare Violations
Guardian: Secret message hidden among fresh climate email files - Folder containing second tranche of emails taken from University of East Anglia server included a message from the perpetrator in an encrypted text file
EnergyBulletin: Darwin Comes to Durban: Overcoming "Survival of the Fittest" Mentality at UN Climate Talks - This recent Bloomberg headline sums up just about everything that's wrong with the UN climate negotiations, which get underway in Durban, South Africa tomorrow: "Saudis Seek to Ensure Climate Talks Won’t Hurt OPEC Oil Income."

America in Decline
LibertyStreet: Unintended Consequences in School Accountability Policies  - Over the past two decades, state and federal education policies have tried to hold schools more accountable for educating their students. A common criticism of these policies is that they may induce schools to “game the system” with strategies such as excluding certain types of students from computation of school average test scores. In this post, based on our recent New York Fed staff report, “Vouchers, Responses, and the Test Taking Population: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Florida,” we investigate whether Florida schools resorted to such strategic behavior in response to a voucher program. We find some evidence that Florida’s schools strategically reclassified weak students into exempt categories, and we draw some lessons that are applicable to New York City’s education policies.
Cryptogon: Comfortably NumbBostonReview: Ethics and Inequality - Consider some facts: the 400 wealthiest Americans have more money than the bottom 50 percent of all Americans combined.
NYPost: A student a day busted in public schools
MSNBC: Economy, diet rules curb Meals on Wheels programs
AngryBearBlog: Pell grant austerity - The House Appropriations Committee recently offered up a bill that would cut students' Pell Grants - the cornerstone of the student aid system - by $44 billion over 10 years.

Food and Water
ScientificAmerican: Atrazine in Water Tied to Hormonal Irregularities
PopSci: Restaurant Menus Will Include DNA Barcodes to Verify Fish Species
Forbes: What ever happened to Tang?
ColoradoWheat: Colorado Winter Wheat Crop 50 Percent Good to Excellent 
BigPictureAgriculture: Corporate Food Graphic Showing Big Producers: The Consolidation of American Food

Science and Technology
MSNBC: The Art of Science
MSNBC: LEGO + smartphone robot solves Rubik's cube in a flash
TechNewsWorld: Malware for Sale

Medical and Health
M&C: Acne skin care in winter
TechReview: Fluorescent Spray Could Help Surgeons Identify Cancer Quickly
VancouverSun: Low vitamin D linked to heart disease, death
MSNBC: New advice to prevent and correct flat head syndrome in babies
MSNBC: Key to easing a painful memory? Dream about it 
Reddit: Study finds that WiFi may damage sperm
DailyMaverick: ARV funding apocalypse is upon us
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
TheAtlantic: 'The Walking Dead': Can Morality Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
ModernSurvivalBlog: 7 Equipment Ideas For Home Without Power

Other News
MSNBC: Cops: Father killed 3-year-old in washing machine - Man was punishing his son for misbehaving in nursery school, according to reports
Time: After the DSK Affair, France Discovers Sex Addiction
BBC: Kansas governor regrets 'over-reaction' to teen's tweet
UPI: Judge won't dismiss Ten Commandments case
MetroUK: Two years for robber who raided McDonald's with PlayStation gun - Bungling robber Derek Smith, who raided a McDonald's restaurant with a PlayStation gun, has been jailed for two years.
WSJ: Experts Say Breivik Insane When Committing Norway Terror Acts

A big part of the automatic economy was the idea of a "job." In its journey to the present moment, the idea became crusted with barnacles of illusion, especially that a "job" was a sort of commodity "produced" by large corporate enterprises or governments and rationally distributed like any other commodity; that it came with a goodie bag filled with guaranteed pensions, medical care to remediate bad living habits, vacations to places of programmed entertainment, a warm, well-lighted dwelling, and a big steel machine to travel around in. Now we witness with helpless despair as these illusions dissolve.
The area in bold I added.
Kunstler seems to think that anyone that gets sick, brought it on themselves. Therefore, people who don't have "bad living habits", never get sick and probably are immortal as well. LOL And How come it's "Your" government, not "Our" government?
Sometimes I like Kunstler pretty good till he rears his elitist, landed gentry entitlement head, then...not so much.

Fox: Barney Frank Announces He Will Retire at End of Term
USAToday: Woman alleges long affair with Cain
Bloomberg: Newt Inc.- A guide to the many facets of Newt Gingrich 
TPM: Newt’s Neocon Army  
CBS: Herman Cain "reassessing" candidacy after affair claim 
Economix: Gingrich and the Destruction of Congressional Expertise - Newt Gingrich, who is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination in some polls, attacked the Congressional Budget Office. In a speech in New Hampshire, Mr. Gingrich said the C.B.O. “is a reactionary socialist institution which does not believe in economic growth, does not believe in innovation and does not believe in data that it has not internally generated.” Mr. Gingrich’s charge is complete nonsense. The former C.B.O. director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, now a Republican policy adviser, labeled the description “ludicrous.” 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: The shifting timeline and strange events thread
TinfoilPalace: A WEALTH MANAGEMENT Firm Wins $245 Million Dollar Lottery
TheOilAge: Average new house price lowest since 2003 
TheOilAge: This interview will only be up for 6 days  ( a must listen interview with Steve Keen on BBC, thanks Roccman!)
HubbertsArms: Checkmate! Researchers outsmart Intel copy protection HDCP 
HubbertsArms: China builds African Empire

SilentCountry: Guy McPherson at Nature Bats Last: Guest essay, "Global warming, population ...." SilentCountry: Federal Judge Does the Banksters Bidding in Harrisburg


  1. pam i'm no kunstler maniac, but i think he's saying that one of the social contracts over employment was health care - to make up for the fact that working 40 hours a week produces bad living habits. at least, that's how i read it. he's still an elitist asshole sometimes though. :-)

  2. Hey periol! thanks for commenting. You may be right about what he meant. He has a funny way of putting things sometimes. LOL
    good to see you and thanks again for commenting.