Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Breaking News Wed. Nov. 2, 2011

Here's another one from RJ. You know, we really need to share these stories. People need to be aware of what's happening.
DailyKos: New York Times changes its story on blame for Brooklyn Bridge arrests -- updated

Here's a good link from the Ozarker.
OccupyOakland: How YOU can Participate in the General Strike!

Posting a little bit early today  as I have to go outside and do some chores.
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!. Also be sure to stop by the forums linked at the bottom of this post, there's always something interesting going on there!

IBTimes: Radioactive Xenon Detected at Fukushima Nuclear Plant
Signs of nuclear fission at the crippled Fukushima atomic power plant have been discovered, raising the risk of increased radiation emissions, officials said Wednesday, suggesting one of its reactors might have a new problem.

Global Conflict
NYT: Israel Plans to Speed Up Settlement Growth
CBS: Israel test fires missile; Iran in crosshairs
ExtinctionProtocol: Is Israel considering a pre-emptive military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities? 
JerusalemPost: US, EU criticize Israeli plans to speed W. Bank building
Haaretz: Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, was recently persuaded by Netanyahu and Barak to support such a move. 

TheGazette: Iraq death toll up sharply in October 
TheTelegraph: Kyrgyzstan says US has to quit vital Nato airbase in 2014 - Almazbek Atambayev, Kyrzgystan's new president-elect, in virtually his first act since being elected, has told the US it will have to give up its airbase in the Central Asian state in 2014.
Politico: Bloomberg to ‘Occupy Wall Street’: Blame Congress 
Guardian: Muhammad cartoon sparks attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo - video
DailyKos: Protesters turn their backs on Eric Cantor during his University of Michigan speech (PICS & VIDEO)
CNN: 18 reported killed in Syria
CNN: Libyan war over, but fighting continues among regional militias 
CrooksAndLiars: Right-Wingers Say Non-Existent ACORN is Running Occupy Orlando and Trying to Destroy America
FP: Why bombing Iran is still a bad idea 
JerusalemPost: PM calls for increased W. Bank settlement after UNESCO vote
SOTT: Israeli torture traders exhibit in Paris
SeattlePI: Hand of Egypt's military rulers grows heavier 
USAToday: Former Marine's injury spurs vets to join Occupy movement
MSNBC: Recession threatens generation of young adults, inspires 'Occupy' protests 
Ha'aretz: Israel Air Force conducts drills for long-range attacks 
TheAtlantic: Grumpy Old Terrorists? The FBI Says 4 Seniors Plotted Bio Attack 
NYT: Euphoria Turns to Discontent as Egypt’s Revolution Stalls 

Financial News
Channel4News: Greece Challenges its Military Establishment
“Defence minister Panagiotis Beglitis in October warned that the Greek military establishment is a “state within the state.” On Tuesday, he convened an unscheduled meeting of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence, the supreme decision-making body on national defence. According to sources within the ministry quoted by Greek daily Eleftherotypia, Beglitis is planning to replace the leadership of the military with “his own people”. Unnamed officials described his actions as “politically mad” and “militarily dangerous.”
AthensNews: Top brass replaced
In a surprise move, on Tuesday evening the defence minister replaced the country’s top brass. 

DailyBail: Greece: SHTF Imminent
Channel4: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou may be forced to step down at any moment 
TheAtlantic: The Shameless Republican Race to Cut Rich People's Taxes 
NourielRoubini: Full Analysis: Greece Should Default and Abandon the Euro
Bloomberg: MasterCard Profit Climbs 38% as Spending Rises
Reuters: Analysis: Greek referendum spooks investors, may chill economy
LAT: Study: Rick Perry tax plan would cut revenues by $1 trillion, benefit wealthy
DailyBail: GREECE - Collapse Of Government Is Imminent
MyBudget360: The desert mirage of easy housing profitsPhoenix Arizona home prices on track for four consecutive years of year-over-year home price declines. 55 percent fall from peak and nominal home prices back to 2000 levels. What happens when investors dominate the market?
Reuters: Under pressure, Bank of America drops $5 debit card fee
BlacklistedNews: 12 Reasons To Be Extremely Pessimistic About The Direction That The Economy Is Headed
WSJ: October U.S. Auto Sales Climbed 7.5%  
FP: The Shadow Superpower - Forget China: the $10 trillion global black market is the world's fastest growing economy -- and its future.
Bloomberg: Selling More CDS on Europe Debt Raises Risk for U.S. Banks 
AtlanticWire:Everyone on Wall Street Is Playing 'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose' 
TPM:Germany Urges Greece To Avoid 'No'-Vote Disaster On Bailout Deal
Zerohedge: Here Is What Bernanke Has Been Secretly Ordering From Heidelberg
CNNMoney: Manufacturing growth slows 
Zerohedge: Latest China Bailout Rumor Crumbles As EFSF Pulls Bond Due To "Market Conditions", France-Bund Spread At Record
NYT: Report Says New York Fed Didn’t Cut Deals on A.I.G.
CreditWritedowns: The German labour market miracle
DailyBail: Mike Mayo: Send Citigroup And Bank Of America To 'Minor Leagues' For Breakup: "We Don't Have Capitalism, We Have Entitlement"
EconomistsView: Aftershocks - The reality of the worsening European situation came home to roost on Wall Street this week.  
MJPerry: China Manipulates Its Currency To the Advantage of U.S. Consumers and Businesses Buying Its Products
Mish: In Praise of Papandreou's Referendum Decision; Eurocrats Terrified of Democracy; Parade of Cowards - I do not know what motivated Greek Prime minister George Papandreou to call for a voter referendum on the Greek bailouts (and no one else does either) with the exception of Papandreou himself. However, there are some rather interesting possibilities (as well as a simple explanation) The Slog outlines a scenario that Papandreou’s bailout referendum bombshell was inspired by Merkel in order to trigger major losses in French banks, causing France to lose its AAA rating, culminating in a total Merkel victory and German revenge over France. Wow.
Reuters: Private sector adds 110,000 jobs in October
Time: The Supercommittee Countdown: Why Tax Reform Is Gaining Momentum
Economist'sView: “Politics: The Beginning and the End of the Euro”
CharlesHughSmith: Democracy Is Tolerated Until It Threatens Global Markets
KentWillard: Big Banks Betting on the Euro - This Bloomberg article is troubling. It appears too big to fail US banks are betting that Eurozone government and banks are also too big to fail. In the long run, it is probably a good bet. Ultimately, the ECB will probably print enough money to bail everyone out. But in the short run, there could be some very uncertain times.
Economix: How Unemployment Benefits Became Twice as Generous - Before the recession, an unemployed person in a state without high unemployment would often exhaust benefits after 13 weeks; that is, the program would stop paying after the 13th weekly benefit, even if the beneficiary was still without work.
OutsideTheBeltway: Bloomberg: Don’t Blame Banks for Mortgage Crisis - New York City mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg says Congress, not the banks, is responsible for our current mess.
Krugman: Bloomberg Refuted - Krugman - Mike Konczal has a post pulling together all the facts showing how totally wrong Bloomberg was in claiming that Fannie/Freddie/the Community Reinvestment Act were responsible for the financial crisis.

Peak oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: Busy Bees and Biofuels
EnergyBulletin: Is this group think, or is the U.S. about to be energy-independent?
TechReview: Company Aims to Make Better Biofuel Crops - Agradis wants to use genomics to develop plants that could yield more material for biofuels.
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk - The Niobrara, the Tuscaloosa and the Chattanooga Shales
Reuters: UPDATE 1-Valero plans to run refineries up to 95.6 pct capacity 

Mineweb: The speed of gold's bounce impresses
MotherJones: Glenn Beck's Favorite Gold Company Charged With Fraud 
Mineweb: Uranium sector returning to full power - Rob Chang

Environmental News
M 6.1, Pacific Antarctic Ridge  
M 4.8, Turkey
M 4.7, TurkeyLAT: Ammonia leak at San Onofre nuclear plant prompts emergency alert
DesdemonaDespair; Anger grows in Bangkok as officials choose which neighborhoods flood – Disease threat looms across Thailand
CNN: States scramble to restore power after snowstorm

MSNBC: Snow fallout: busted toilets, traffic jams, no showers
BloombergBusiness: Alaska's Billion Dollar Mountain
M&C: Beijing doctors issue smog warning as emergency cases rise
ExtinctionProtocol: Triple M-Class flares unleashed on the Sun by new rotating sunspot
BBC: Fracking 'likely cause' of quakes - It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found. But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site". It said conditions which caused the minor earthquakes were "unlikely to occur again". Anti-fracking activists who have climbed a rig near Southport in protest said it "did not inspire confidence".  

America in Decline
Cryptogon: Fresh Record High for U.S. Food-Stamp Use; 45.8 Million
NYT: White House Memo: America’s Waning Influence Has a Silver Lining
WashingtonPost: U.S. had advance warning of abuse at Afghan prisons, officials say
NYT: America’s Exploding Pipe Dream
We are slowly — and painfully — being forced to realize that we are no longer the America of our imaginations. Our greatness was not enshrined. Being a world leader is less about destiny than focused determination, and it is there that we have faltered. 

Food and Water
PopSci: Rice Is Genetically Modified to Produce Human Blood Protein
BigPictureAgriculture: Tillage systems Used for Corn in the U.S. Between 1996-2005
Tillage systems in U.S. corn, 1996-2005No-till and mulch till are conservation tillage practices that leave at least 30 percent of the soil covered...
ExtinctionProtocol: Aid Agency warns rising food prices are forcing some children to eat hay
LONDON- Soaring food costs are forcing some children to eat hay and leaves because their parents cannot afford to put food on the table, according to Save the Children. 

MotherJones: How the Supercommittee Could Kill New Farmers Markets

Science and Technology
DailyMail: How giant 'near-miss' asteroid could shed light on formation of Earth
CosmicLog: How strange can space-time get? 
CosmicLog: City lights could point to E.T.
MSNBC: Microsoft software bug linked to 'Duqu' virus - Company 'working diligently' to fix problem, will release security fix 
MSNBC: Almost every galaxy has had major collision - Discovery made using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope 
ActivistPost: Suitcase sized device can remotely disable phones, intercept communications, record unique IDs and track you in real time
MSNBC: 10 of the world's creepiest gadgets
Scienceinsider: Report: Dutch 'Lord of the Data' Forged Dozens of Studies - One of the Netherlands' leading social psychologists made up or manipulated data in dozens of papers over nearly a decade, an investigating committee has concluded.
GigaOm: Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet

Medical and Health
Telegraph: Face discovered in testicular tumour
(ok RJ, that's just weird! :D)
Doctors who took an ultrasound of a man's testicles to find out what was causing him pain were astounded to find a gaping face staring back at them.
CNN: Secrets of women who don't get sick
Ever wonder why you always seem to come down with a life-interrupting virus this time of year, while other women you know sail through the season...

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: Are You Ready for Winter?
ModernSurvivalBlog: Gas Lines in Connecticut, A Lesson Learned
MakeUseOf: 5 Websites To Find Free Clothes So You Don’t Have To Go Naked. 

Other News
DailyBeast: Saudi Crown Prince of Darkness
MSNBC: Halloween death scam spreads on Facebook - Heartless fake message is about 'daughter's death,' as shared by 'father' 
RawStory: Mozambique mob lynches two women for ‘witchcraft’ - Twenty elderly people accused of witchcraft have been killed in Mozambique in the past nine months, according to the Forum of the Third Age, a group that advocates for the elderly.
NPR: House To Vote On Reaffirmation Of 'In God We Trust' Motto
CNN: Amish beard-cutting attacks uncover suspected cult
RawStory: 9-foot-tall Reagan statue unveiled at National Airport
BusinessInsider: China's 'The World' Is The Most Ridiculous Housing Project We've Ever Seen

WashingtonPost: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden 

Kunstler: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide
TheInquisitor: Adolf Hitler in Custody Battle
MSNBC: No, 'crackheads' aren't coming to get you 
TheGuardian: Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition
High court judges rule the WikiLeaks founder should face accusations of rape in Sweden

GlobeAndMail: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition

SydneyMorningHerald: US Cain accuser 'wants gag order lifted'
ATaxingMatter: The right's nutty claims about job creation--Gingrich and the estate tax - The right is busy selling its program for enriching the rich to the working class.  As usual, the sales pitches are full of false and nutty claims pitched to fool hard workers who are uninformed about the facts. Newt Gingrich, for example, pitched the claim that eliminating the estate tax that applies only to the biggest multimillion dollar estates--a large tax cut applicable only to the uberrich silver-spoon kids who do nothing to earn the largesse--will cause all kinds of wondrous economic changes.  
BostonHerald: Rick Perry’s giddy speech raises eyebrows, questions
TPM: NYT: Herman Cain Accuser Received $35,000 Over Harassment Claim 
MSNBC: Lawyer: Cain not telling truth over sexual harassment claims
'I know her very well and I'm sure she would not make a false complaint,' attorney says  

TomDispatch: The Great American Shakedown - In the U.S., corruption is seldom “corruption.”  Take as an example our president, who has been utterly clear: he will not take money for his electoral campaign from lobbyists.  Only problem: according to the New York Times, 15 of his top “bundlers,” who give their own money and solicit that of others -- none registered as federal lobbyists -- are “involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies,” and they are raising millions for him.
CBS: Perry says he "felt great" in speech mocked as "goofy"

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: American Supermodel Defends Gadhafi Family, Loses Job
TinfoilPalace: 13 Crystal Skulls in San Fran on 11-11-11
TheOilAge: Lawrence Lessig: US Could Fall Like Rome
TheOilAge: Latest EU Bailout Deal Not Meant to Work?
HubbertsArms: Reward Offered for Name of Officer Who Shot the Marine
HubbertsArms: NYPD live scanner , OWS protest history in the making
SilentCountry: Internet Political Censorship at Craigslist
SilentCountry: Link to old LATOC archives?

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