Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Breaking News Tues. Nov. 30, 2011

Here's a good story to start off with today. I needed to read a story like that today, it's encouraging isn't it.
USAToday: Homeless man's decision to return $3300 changed his life
I'm going to post a bit early today as I have an opportunity to go to town and can't miss it. Take care guys, and have a great day.

Much much thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their help gathering links. Be sure to check out their great blogs today!

SFGate: Tepco's Leader of 'Fukushima Fifty' Resigns Due to Illness

Global Conflict
WarIsACrime: Here's How Your Senators Voted on Udall Amendment to Strip Out War and Imprisonment Power Grabs (thanks for this info Ozarker!)
CNN: Tahrir Square battles wound dozens after Egypt votes
Reuters: Islamists expect gains as Egypt counts votes
WSJ: UK Closes Iran's Embassy in London 
Reuters: UK orders closure of Iranian embassy in London  - Britain said on Wednesday it had ordered the immediate closure of Iran's embassy in London and had closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by protesters.
Reuters: Pakistan army says NATO attack was blatant aggression
SeattlePI: Turkey slaps economic sanctions on Syria
VancouverSun: Pakistan boycotts Afghan peace forum 

FDL: Biden Enters Iraq to Negotiate “Continued American Presence”
BlacklistedNews: Pepper Spray Is Harmful, Torturously Painful, And Can Be Deadly
FDL: Pepper Spray Developer: It Has Become Fashionable to Use Chemicals on People with Opinions - In what appears to be his first television interview on the subject, Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use by US police departments, appeared on Democracy Now! to condemn how police forces have been using pepper spray on peaceful protesters in the country. He said he was “shocked” and bewildered to see UC Davis police pepper spraying students and the first thing that came to his mind was how the students could be his children “sitting down having an opinion” and being shut down forcibly by chemical agents.

CNN: Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles, Philly 
iReportCNN: “Si, se puede”: Occupy Phoenix Protesters Persist in César Chávez Plaza
USNews: More than 200 held after police raid Occupy camps in LA, Philadelphia
USNews: Tale of a Southern 'Occupy': Nashville aims to bridge political divides
BusinessInsider: MIDNIGHT RAID: Hundreds Of Cops In Riot Gear And Hazmat Suits Storm Occupy LA
AngryBear: Why did the English equivalent of Occupy Wallstreet pick St Paul’s as the place to protest? - Why did the English equivalent of Occupy Wallstreet pick St Paul’s as the place to protest? Because St. Paul’s is hand in glove with the City of London Corporation, the place where democracy and light “goes to die,” the place where there is no accountability or transparency for the powerful 1%.

Hacker News
NYT: British Inquiry Is Told Hacking Is Worthy Tool

Financial News
Reuters: Fed's No. 2 sees room for further monetary easing
Reuters: Wall Street soars as central banks move to ease crunch
Reuters: Top central banks move to avoid global liquidity crunch
NYT: China Unexpectedly Reverses Economic Policy
Reuters: Analysis: Central banks buy wiggle room, not solution 

Zerohedge: Did The Fed Just Buy Europe A Week?
DailyBail: How Hank Paulson Warned Hedge Funds In Advance
Spiegel: Preparing for the Worst  - The High Price of Abandoning the Euro
CnnMoney: Fed, ECB offer aid to global financial system
Politico: Poll: It's still the economy, stupid
Politico: Dodd-Frank bill has a murky future
IBTimes: Exports of Chinese Firms to Europe Decline: Survey
Star-Telegram: American Airlines' union leaders say bankruptcy filing is not their fault
NPR: Why Do Airlines Keep Going Bankrupt?
Forbes: The Dumbest Idea In The World: Maximizing Shareholder Value
FoxBusiness: S&P Downgrades Dozens of Global Banks
CNNMoney: Job reports paint positive picture before U.S. data
NYT: Britons Strike as Government Extends Austerity Measures
FDL: Hank Paulson’s Secret: Of Course the System Is Rigged - When former Goldman Sachs exec Henry Paulson was Treasury Secretary he apparently gave his hedge fund buddies extremely helpful and lucrative secret information about his plans to seize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while still assuring the public everything was fine. To a room full of hedge fund mangers, including many of his former colleagues, Paulson let it be known the companies would soon go into conservatorship. From Bloomberg (I highly recommend you read the whole shocking article): Paulson explained that under this scenario, the common stock of the two government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, would be effectively wiped out. So too would the various classes of preferred stock, he said. The fund manager says he was shocked that Paulson would furnish such specific information — to his mind, leaving little doubt that the Treasury Department would carry out the plan. The managers attending the meeting were thus given a choice opportunity to trade on that information.This is an important reminder that we don’t have a meritocracy. We don’t have a fair or free market. Many of the people at the very top with all the wealth are not now making incredibly more money than regular Americans because they are super genius Galtian “job creators.” (thanks RJ, great article)
apNews: Europe delays major debt decisions for 10 days
Zerohedge: 5th Consecutive Month Of House Price Drops As Case-Shiller Misses Expectations Again
Slate: The terrifying new theory that Europe’s economic troubles could devastate the U.S
ModeledBehavior: Central Bankers Around the World Suspect Eurozone is Beyond Saving and Are Preparing For the Worst
Reuters: Hank Paulson’s inside jobs - What on earth did Hank Paulson think his job was in the summer of 2008? As far as most of us were concerned, he was secretary of the US Treasury, answerable to the US people and to the president. But at the same time, in secret meetings, Paulson was hanging out with his old Goldman Sachs buddies, giving them invaluable information about what he was thinking in his new job. 
CalculatedRisk: CoreLogic: 10.7 Million U.S. Properties with Negative Equity in Q3

Peak oil and Energy News
Bloomberg: Iran Oil Sanctions Set to Shrink the Circle of Foreign Buyers
CnnMoney: Oil roars back to $100, but does anybody care?

Mineweb: World's top central banks move to avoid global liquidity crunch

Environmental News
M 5.7, Bali Sea
M 4.7, Mid Indian Ridge
USnewsMsnbc: First quakes, then sinkhole: Oklahomans wonder about a connection 
KFOR: Massive sinkhole appears overnight 
DesdemonaDespair: BP oil spill: The oil is still here – Take a look

DesdemonaDespair: More dead dolphins found on Mississippi coast
LiveScience: Ravens Use 'Hand' Gestures to Communicate
Reason: The Sky Is Falling Less? - A new climate study suggests global warming may not be as dire as predicted.

America in Decline
Gawker: Facebook Just Played the Government - With two former members of the Federal Trade Commission on payroll, perhaps it's not surprising that Facebook just got let off the hook for mass violations of federal privacy rules. It's pretty depressing, though.SHTFPlan: A Hidden America: Living in Cars, Tents and Cheap Motels *Video Report*
BlacklistedNews: Tens Of Millions Of American Families Are Living On The Edge Of Desperation – And The Economy Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse
NYT: Surge in Free School Lunches Reflects Economic Crisis
MSNBC: House approves new TSA rules for US military
BlacklistedNews: Senate Considers Bill Authorizing More Torture
BlacklistedNews: Justice Department Seeks To Have Anthrax Attack Documents Destroyed
CNBC: Retirement Preparation in U.S. Reaching Crisis Levels: Small-Business Survey 
SeattleTimes: Republicans aim to quash new union rules - Republicans are maneuvering to short-circuit an effort by Democrats on the National Labor Relations Board to approve rules that would quicken the pace of union elections.
CNN: Many American families running on financial fumes
Consumerist: Chick-Fil-A Threatens Legal Action Against T-Shirt Maker For Encouraging Eating Of Kale - If you've lived anywhere near a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you're probably familiar with the billboards and other ads featuring cows and their hoof-painted signs encouraging you to "eat mor chikin," a phrase that's been trademarked by the fast food company. But heaven forbid you use those words in their correct formats to promote the eating of something other than Chick-fil-A. An artist in Vermont finds himself on the receiving end of cease-and-desist orders from Chick-fil-A because he hand-prints shirts that read "Eat More Kale." According to lawyers for the chain, the artist's properly spelled, rather clear message, "is likely to cause confusion of the public and dilutes the distinctiveness of Chick-fil-A's intellectual property and diminishes its value."

Science and Technology
TechReview: The Personal Computer Is Dead

Medical and Health
CBSNews: CDC: 240000 Americans have HIV and don't know it
Self-referral leads to more negative exams for patients, EurekAlert:   Physicians who have a financial interest in imaging equipment are more likely to refer their patients for potentially unnecessary imaging exams... "Self-referral," whereby a non-radiologist physician orders imaging exams and directs patients to imaging services in which that physician has a financial interest, is a concerning trend in medicine and a significant driver of healthcare costs.
ScientificAmerican: Can Male Circumcision Stem the AIDS Epidemic in Africa?
M&C: HIV infections rise steeply in Eastern Europe, says UN report
DailyBeast: The Sex Addiction Epidemic
CNN: Lipitor loses patent, goes generic 
MotherJones: The Other 1 Percent: Sick People (Chart) - Here's a 1 percent no one wants to be part of: According to a recent analysis by Christopher Conover, a Duke University researcher on health policies and inequalities, barely 1 percent of the population accounts for nearly 20 percent of the nation's already inflated health care spending. These few people each account for, on average, $115,000 in health care spending every year, which is almost three times the annual salary of the average American worker. Only 5 percent of the population accounts for fully 50 percent of all the nation's health care spending. Everybody else generates, on average, about $360 a year in health care costs, or about 3 percent. So it's not hard to see where some of the problems lie in the health care system, which is the biggest driver of the country's long-term deficit problems. Conover helpfully provides a chart from his forthcoming book, American Health Economy Illustrated:

CNN: After a Brain Injury: The Speech Recovery Journey 
TheChart: Soccer 'heading' may cause brain damage 
MSNBC: Few Americans with HIV have virus under control  
The Wild Wild Left: Apple's Siri Is Seriously Censoring.
Apple's version of google for their iPhone platforms has decided to block the search for Women's Health Clinics that provide morning-after pills or abortions. You got it, totally legal Medical Clinics do not exist in New York, according to Siri. But she'll help you find Christian Counseling for you pregnancy - the only services for women Siri points to in places like New York.
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
BusinessInsider: This Idyllic Cabin In The Adirondacks Was Once A Silo For Nuclear Missiles
ModernSurvivalBlog: Things To Keep On You For Emergency

Other News
USNewsMSNBC: Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead
MSNBC: $13,000 stuffed in suit accidentally sent to Goodwill
CBSNews: Gun club offers photos with Santa, weapons
CNN: Ex-Blair aide blasts press in ethics probe 
CNN: Nigerian senate passes anti-gay bill, defying British aid threat 

CNN: Cain accuser describes 'very casual affair'
The woman alleging a long-term affair with GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Wednesday the relationship was "very casual."

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Evolutionary pressure that is still alive and well 
TinfoilPalace: Herman Cain "Reassesses" His Campaign
TheOilAge: How bad, is diet soda. 
TheOilAge: Here We Go $150 oil, $5000 Gold, QE To Infinity 
HubbertsArms: Sri Lankan government imposes austerity budget 
HubbertsArms: Raising Children in the Hollow State

SilentCountry: Influenza News 
SilentCountry: New Celente audio: Economic Marshal Law is coming/Endorses

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