Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Breaking News Wed. Nov. 9, 2011

 (words to live by)
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*It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.
*It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
*Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio 
programming indicating: “This is a test.”

When the test is over, regular programming will resume. 

CSMonitor: Emergency Alert System: Why US is doing first national test now

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 of course, don't forget the excellent forums linked at the bottom of this page.

Global Conflict
BlackListedNews: Russia and China warn America against Iran strike as tensions rise ahead of damning atomic agency report
ExtinctionProtocol: Former U.S. president George W. Bush delivers stark warnings to India and Iran
November 9, 2011 – MUMBAI – Former U.S. president George W. Bush on Tuesday delivered a blunt warning to Indians about the intentions of China. The former president who has courted trouble in the past with his aggressive and over the-top assertions said China was looking to upstage India. “China’s No. 1 target is the U.S., next is India,” he told a group of select CEOs at a late dinner meet on Tuesday.
JerusalemPost: Iran says it wants 'respectful' negotiations
Reuters: Iranians fear sanctions, not war, after UN report 
TheAtlantic: Some Israeli Generals Say 1967 Lines with Swaps Are Defensible
Bloomberg: Israel May Lack Means for Iran Military Strike

AlJazeera: Hacking Palestine: A digital occupation - Israel controls all Palestine's digital infrastructure, limiting the use of phones, mobiles and internet at any time.
"The mechanisms of digital occupation are exercised through the disruption of everyday life" 

NYT: U.N. Finds Signs of Work by Iran Toward Nuclear Device
McClatchy: As peace hopes fade, so do Israel's memories of Yitzhak Rabin 
Guardian: Iran may be researching nuclear warhead, claims watchdog 
ExtinctionProtocol: War of words escalate between Iran and Israel- Iran theatens to widen war to Europe if attacked 
ABCNews: UN Reports Iran Work 'Specific' to Nuke Arms 
Haaretz: The Sarkozy-Obama exchange reflects the world's growing frustration with Netanyahu 
The expansion of the CIA’s undeclared drone war in the tribal areas of Pakistan required a big expansion of who can be marked for death. Once the standard for targeted killing was top-level leadership in al-Qaeda or one of its allies. That’s long gone, especially as the number of people targeted at once has grown.
This is the new standard, according to a blockbuster piece in the Wall Street Journal: “men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose identities aren’t always known.” The CIA is now killing people without knowing who they are, on suspicion of association with terrorist groups. The article does not define the standards are for “suspicion” ad “association.”
Strikes targeting those people — usually “groups” of such people — are called “signature” strikes. “The bulk of CIA’s drone strikes are signature strikes,” the Journal’s Adam Entous, Siobhan Gorman and Julian E. Barnes report.
CNN: Occupy Atlanta protesters return to streets after police crackdown --Protesters begin another night of demonstrations 06 Nov 2011 Occupy protesters returned to the streets of Atlanta on Sunday night, a day after a police crackdown on a gathering organized by the movement resulted in the arrests of 19 people. About 80 people converged on the city's Centennial Olympic Park for a peaceful gathering, according to police.
Guardian: Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes --Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland. He says police beat him with batons.
BusinessInsider: OCCUPY LONDON: New Camp Appears In Trafalgar Square
Reuters: Iran moved nuclear material to bunker - U.N. watchdog
SeattlePI: Israeli minister warns Iran strike is possible
Israel's defense minister warned on Tuesday of a possible Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program and rejected suggestions the Jewish state would be devastated by an Iranian counterattack.
Reuters: Israel's Barak plays down talk of war with Iran - Defense Minister Ehud Barak played down Tuesday speculation that Israel intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, saying no decision had been made on embarking on a military operation.
NYT: G.O.P. Field Attacks Obama Foreign Policy With Tough Talk on Iran
As United Nations inspectors prepare to unveil a new report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, some Republican presidential candidates have taken increasingly forceful tones on the issue, saying they would sanction or consider supporting an attack on Iran’s nuclear program by either Israel or the United States.
IBTimes: Pakistan Hiding Nuclear Arms from U.S.: Report
SeattlePI: Palestinians: Not enough UN support for state

Financial News
TheNation: The Story of Broke
Zerohedge: Italian Exposure By Bank  
Zerohedge: Bank of America Explains All You Need To Know About The Market: "Down In The Morning; Rally In The Afternoon"
Reuters: Italy's President says Berlusconi to resign
Reuters: Greeks pull savings from banks as crisis deepens
BusinessInsider: As Markets Crater, There's A Rumor Going Around Of An ECB Emergency Meeting 
CNBC: 65% Chance of Banking Crisis by End November: Think Tank 
BusinessInsider: CHART OF THE DAY: The Next Big European Scare-Chart We Have To Start Talking About - Today is Italy day, and we'll leave it at that. But let's be honest. We're going to have to start talking about this chart soon: 
CNN: Italy crisis could be part of 'lost decade' 
GlobeandMail: Thinking through the unthinkable - Will the euro zone survive? 
Bloomberg: IMF’s Lagarde Sees Risk of ‘Lost Decade’ for Global Economy
BusinessInsider: Bernanke Is Visiting Texas Today Despite Rick Perry's Threat
USAToday: Mortgage Payments Show Surprising Rise in Delinquencies  - The rate at which mortgage holders were late with their payments by 60 days or more rose in the June-to-September period for the first time since the last three months of 2009, according to TransUnion. The credit reporting agency said 5.88% of homeowners missed two or more payments, an early sign of possible foreclosure. That was up from 5.82% in the second quarter.
NakedCapitalism: Foreclosure Law Firm, Vilified for Making Fun of Homeless, Now Attacks Constitutionality of New Rules to Assure It Verifies Court Documents
Reuters: Global Shipping Downturn Worse Than 2008 - Global shipping is in a downturn even worse than during the 2008 financial crisis, China's transportation minister said on Thursday, with the outlook for the industry made increasingly uncertain by the European debt crisis.
USAToday: Foreclosure backlogs could take decades to clear out
LegitGov: Wall Street bonuses set to plunge 20%.
Time: Italy: Can Berlusconi Withstand a Panicking Economy? 
CuriousCapitalist: Five reasons Italy should scare you - No, one of them is not Silvio Berlusconi's “bunga bunga” parties.
TheFiscalTimes: The Financial System Is Rigged in Favor of the Rich
WSJ: Vital Signs: Four Unemployed for Each Job Opening - Jobs are getting just a bit easier to find. For each U.S. job opening at the end of September, there were 4.2 people looking for work. That was down from a year earlier, when there were 5.4 job seekers for every opening, and the fewest since December 2008. In 2007, there was on average about two job openings for every three unemployed workers.
MarketWatch: Want Berlusconi out? Be careful what you wish for
BusinessInsider: THE BREAK-UP IS OFFICIAL: Berlusconi Posts His Resignation On Facebook 
BBC: Why are Cubans learning Chinese?
Hundreds of Cubans are enrolling in Mandarin Chinese classes as China's role in the island's economy is expanding.
The Asian giant is now Cuba's second largest trading partner and students say they hope a grasp of the language will improve their job prospects.
Some primary schools have also started teaching Mandarin, in a country which has a Chinese community dating back to the 19th Century sugar cane industry. 
YahooFinance: Italy's borrowing rates in alarming rise
Italy's key borrowing rate soars past 7 pct threshold despite Berlusconi's pledge to resign
Krugman: This Is The Way The Euro Ends
This is the way the euro ends.
This is the way the euro ends.
Not with a bang but with bunga-bunga.
BusinessInsider: The Weirdest Part About The Italian Debt Crisis
taly has come under fire in the last few days as the new eye of the sovereign debt hurricane.
RealClearMarkets: Illinois' Budget: From Worst to 'Worster' - Illinois' state budget, filled with gimmicks, constructed for years on promises for which there were no revenues, and sustained by borrowing of the type that would make even a loan shark blush, is in serious meltdown mode.
JournalofCommerce: Widdows Predicts 'Significant' Ship Idling in 2012
WashingtonPost: Poll shows most see deepening wealth gap

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: Will the “economic price” limit oil production?
CNNMoney: Arctic drilling set to increase under Obama plan

CNBC: Oil Could Hit $150 a Barrel in Near Term: IEA  
VOA: IMF: Russia Must Reduce Oil Dependence, Diversify 
LAT: Gas prices might be headed to record highs in 2012, analysts say - Growing global demand and rising U.S. fuel exports are leading to increasing pain at the pump. One analyst expects a gallon of regular to climb as high as $4.50 a gallon in California by Easter.
WashingtonPost: Solar is getting cheaper, but how far can it go?  
LandRigNews: SouthTexas accounting for 11% of all #rigs....this image shows the other percentages by region.

TheOilDrum: 2011 ASPO-USA Conference: Day 1 
EarlyWarning: OPEC Says Oil Production Up in Oct (Sort Of) -The OPEC monthly report is out and says that Preliminary figures indicate that global oil supply increased 0.87 mb/d in October to  average 88.35 mb/d. Non-OPEC supply experienced growth of 0.86 mb/d, while OPEC  crude production remained relatively flat. However, it's worth noting that last month they said Preliminary figures show that global oil supply averaged 88.50 mb/d in September, a  gain of 0.76 mb/d from the previous month, supported by estimated increases in non-OPEC supply. So in other words although they now show production increasing from September to October, they revised down September by more than the inter-month gain, thus coming up with a final number that is a little less than last month's number. Still I suppose we'd have to say that global oil production still seems to be on an uptrend. The IEA will report tomorrow, so we can potentially revise our opinions then.
PoliticalCalculations: How Much Might Producing More (or Less) Oil Change Its Price? - Environmental Economics' John Whitehead greedily sharpened his old pencil following a statement Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry made in New Hampshire:  We can create hundreds of thousands of jobs and increase our oil output by 25 percent if we fully develop oil and gas shale formations in the Northeast, mountain West and Southwest. 
MercuryNews: California hits renewable energy milestone: 1 gigawatt of solar power installed to date 

Mineweb: Gold enjoys safe-haven status and nears the $1800 mark, but will it last?
Mineweb: Gold to average $2025 an ounce during very volatile 2012 - HSBC

Environmental News
M 4.6, Banda Sea
M 4.4, Chile-Argentina Border Region
CNN: Arctic 'hurricane' slams Alaska
MSNBC: 'epic' 100-mph storm expected to hit Alaska
Time: Massive Alaska Storm Could Be One of the Worst On Record
Alaskans know all about severe weather, but what could hit tonight and through Wednesday has the National Weather Service in full alert mode.
Cryptogon: Fracking Industry Executives Suggest Military PSYOP Techniques to Peers for Dealing with Public 
CNBC has obtained audiotapes of the event, on which one presenter can be heard recommending that his colleagues download a copy of the Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual. That’s because, he said, the opposition facing the industry is an “insurgency.”
Another told attendees that his company has several former military psychological operations, or “psy ops” specialists on staff, applying their skills in Pennsylvania.
Time: Did Fracking Help Cause Oklahoma Earthquakes? 
SOTT: Rare tropical storm forms in the Mediterranean Sea
TheTelegraph: Arctic sea ice 'to melt by 2015'Arctic sea ice could completely melt away by the summer of 2015, destroying the natural habitat of animals like polar bears, one of Britain's leading ocean experts has claimed.
SeattleTimes: IEA: Time running out to limit earth's warming
The chief economist for the International Energy Agency says the world is hurtling toward irreversible climate change unless governments cut fossil fuel subsidies and improve energy efficiency.
BBC: Oil drilling returns to Gulf of Mexico
SOTT: Queensland: Mysterious disease killing marine life in Gladstone Harbour?
SOTT: Oman to be hit with second cyclone system within a week
Grist: Baby boomers are the worst for the climate
SHTFPlan: NOAA Warns of Monster Solar Storm Region Facing Earth for Next Two Weeks; Fully Capable of Producing X-Class Flares
DesdemonaDespair: Critically endangered black rhinos airlifted to safety from poachers
Grist: Critical List: Humanity is locking in dangerous climate change; California has 1 GW of solar
FP: Cold, Hard Economics - Why changing your old lightbulbs and toting your eco-friendly canvas shopping bag around won't save the planet.
Global warming is happening faster and with more intensity than anyone expected, yet the fossil-fueled right has succeeded in removing the issue almost entirely from the agenda through a false pretense of defending "free markets." In response, environmentalists have tended to retreat further into their own organically padded corners, when what's needed is to get back to economic basics: Markets cannot be free when benefits are privatized and enormous costs are being socialized. The only way out of this environmental crisis is to align citizens' economic self-interest with the planet's health. 
ExtinctionProtocol: Mysterious disease killing marine life in Gladstone Harbour? 
An unprecedented number of fish with red spots, lesions and parasites, as well as dead dugongs and turtles, have been found this year. Fishermen and conservationists blame the state of the marine life on dredging to widen Gladstone Harbour to accommodate carrier ships servicing the booming liquefied natural gas and coal seam gas industries.

America in Decline
NPR: Justices Invoke '1984' During GPS Case Arguments
TheHill: Justice Breyer warns of Orwellian government - A Supreme Court justice on Tuesday expressed major concerns that the government would engage in round-the-clock surveillance reminiscent of the totalitarian world of the George Orwell novel 1984 if the court ruled in the government's favor. 

LAT: Penn State scandal casts much-needed spotlight on child sex abuse
WSJ: Judges Weigh Phone Tracking  - State and federal authorities follow the movements of thousands of Americans each year by secretly monitoring the location of their cellphones, often with little judicial oversight, in a practice facing legal challenges
Cryptogon: Man Finds Two GPS Trackers on His SUV 
MotherJones: Our Expensive, Expanding Nuclear Weapons Complex
Why is America beefing up its nuclear capacity even as it tells the world it plans to forsake its arsenal? 

CNNMoney: Global income inequality: Where the U.S. ranks 
LegitGov: Waterboarding yes, power drills no: defining torture now the issue at spruced-up Guantanamo Bay 

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News November 7, 2011 - Wheat is heading for the biggest slump in three years as the second-largest harvest on record swells stockpiles to a decade-high.
Cryptogon: China: Regime Admits 10% of Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

Science and Technology
MSNBC: Russian mission to Martian moon stuck in Earth orbitPhobos-Grunt probe's engine fails to fire; three days left for a fix, space chief says 
MeteoriteHunters: Breaking News- Russian Mars Phobos-Grunt Mission Halted By Glitch in Low Earth Orbit
ArchaeologyNewsNetwork: Cooking may have driven human evolution
UPI: Universal flu vaccine a few years off 
CNN: Researcher: iPhone bug could let hackers steal photos, contacts and send texts
LAT: NASA releases video of asteroid hurtling through space
CosmicLog: Are alien probes lost in space?After analyzing our capability to detect objects in the solar system, researchers have come to a conclusion that should be fairly obvious: Even if extraterrestrials left something in our solar system like the artifacts we’ve sent out into deep space, we almost certainly wouldn’t know they were there.
CosmicLog: Passing asteroid puts on a show

Medical and Health
Denmark: Man Takes Legal Action Against Former Government Hospital for Unknown 'Microchip Implant'
MSNBC: Swearing, spitting, choking: ER nurses endure this and more
TreeHugger: Traffic Makes Us Dumber: Scientists Say Car Exhaust Causes Brain Damage
RawStory: Bachmann: Doctors need ‘liability shield so no one can sue them’
M&C: Haiti's cholera victims demand UN compensation 
TheChart: New study suggests autism starts in the womb
Children with autism have many more brain cells than typically developing children, researchers have found, supporting previous research that suggests that autism may be caused by something going awry before a baby is born as opposed to something triggering autism in a toddler.
TheChart: Medical views: When does human life begin?
Mississippi residents vote Tuesday on a controversial ballot initiative that seeks to define a fertilized human egg as a person with full legal rights.
Anti-abortion advocates crafted Initiative 26, which defines personhood as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."
MSNBC: Conjoined twin toddlers separated in 20-hour surgery
ForeignAffairs: How private companies are transforming the global public health agenda
WashingtonPost: Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ amendment fails in Mississippi
CNN: How to cut your risk of memory loss 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: Fresh Eggs
Do you want to know the very best way to keep an egg fresh? Keep it in the chicken. Yea, I know. Don't quit my day job. Last Tuesday, I got eggs...
ModernSurvivalBlog: What Items Might Survive an EMP?

Other News
BBC: Russian 'grave robber made dolls from girls' corpses' - A suspected grave robber in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is said by police to have made 29 life-size dolls from mummified female corpses. (just plain weird)
People: Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Defend Decision to Have Baby No. 20
Forbes: Filmmakers Fined for Poster Showing "Reckless Driving"According to The Telegraph, the makers of the film “Larry Crowne” have been fined £ 25,000 (which might be more than it took in at the box office) for a movie poster that shows Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks riding on a scooter without protective headgear.

CNN: Paterno news conference canceled amid Penn St. sex abuse scandal
TPM: Jon Stewart Skewers The Fall Of Jon Corzine
RawStory: Poll: Americans favor protections for transgender people 

HuffingtonPost: Buddy And Pedro, 'Gay' Penguin Couple, To Be Separated By Toronto Zoo (PHOTOS) TPM: CA Reps Rail Against ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’
Mish: Radio Host Interviews Mitt Romney calls him an ahole ON AIR then praises Ron Paul

RawStory: Robocall tells Iowans to ask Democratic candidate about ‘homosexual sex acts’
Citizens of Iowa Senate District 18 received a robocall on Monday night instructing them to call Democratic candidate Liz Mathis and ask what homosexual acts she approved of, according to the Des Moines Register.
RawStory: Perry: Reinstate military gay ban because ‘it worked very well’
TPM: “the Democrat machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations.”
CBS: Voters across nation stick largely by incumbents
MotherJones: Romney Robo-Caller's White Nationalist Controversy
Reuters: Election measures against unions, abortion defeated
CSMonitor: Russell Pearce, architect of illegal immigration law in Arizona, loses election
MSNBC: Big win for Democrats in Ohio and an abortion surprise in Mississippi 
LAT: Republicans offer a tax proposal on the deficit - Democrats on the congressional 'super committee' reject the $1.2-trillion offer, with one member saying it 'doesn't get the job done.'

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: MUST READ: Moon Doom Tomorrow!! (GLP) 
TinfoilPalace: Sound Familiar?
TheOilAge: The Story of Broke  
TheOilAge: Time to Worry: World Oil Production Finishes Six Years... 
SilentCountry: Bows and Arrows
SilentCountry: Another One Bites the Dust... Italy's Berlusconi to Resign

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