Monday, December 26, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Dec. 26, 2011

I hope that all of you had a merry Christmas. We've got one more week left in this ole year so let's start hoping for the best in 2012. Ok, I know that won't help, but old habits die hard, and hoping is a habit.

Here's a wonderful group in Australia doing the good work.
 I think this is a really good, adaptable idea!

Thank you and Happy Holidays to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their help finding good stories for us. Please continue to support their good works!
also, go and visit the excellent prepper and doomer focused forums linked at the bottom of the post. I'm sure you'll find all kinds of support as well as good ideas for prepping.
Now, for the news!

Global Conflict
Reuters: Islamist militants explode five bombs in Nigeria
Time: Hell on Christmas Day: Nigeria's Deadly Bombings
Salon: Mexican Army: 'El Chapo' Security Head Arrested 
Reuters: Japan urges China to help keep North Korea in check
CNN: South Korean civilian delegation enters North to pay respects to Kim
CNN: Suicide bomber targets Iraqi interior ministry compound 
NYT: U.S. Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan
CNN: 13 bodies found in abandoned truck, Mexican authorities say
LegitGov: Congress calls on Twitter to block Taliban
NYT: U.S. Preparing for Pakistan to Restrict Support for Afghan War 
Reuters: Exclusive: Afghanistan sets ground rules for Taliban talks 
Time: Bomb Attack Kills 7 at Baghdad Checkpoint 
RawStory: Bahrain medics recall jail ‘horror’
SeattleTimes: Clashes between sect, police kill 61 in Nigeria  - Fighting between a radical Muslim sect and paramilitary forces in Nigeria has killed at least 61 people over several days of violence in the nation's northeast that have left churches bombed and people hiding in fear, authorities said.
TheTelegraph: Iraq vice president raises prospect of fleeing country  - Tareq al-Hashemi, the vice president of Iraq, who is charged with running a death squad, has said he will not go to Baghdad to stand trial as he raised the prospect of fleeing the country.
NYT: Five Killed in Latest Baghdad Bombing
Reuters: Exclusive: Afghanistan sets ground rules for Taliban talks
BusinessInsider: A Look At What May Be The Foundation For A U.S. Attack On Iran
TriCitiesNews: Protesters occupy Tenn. plaza on Christmas Day
TheAwl: The Struggle For The Occupy Wall Street Archives
CBSNews: Police pepper spray Occupy Albany protesters
Hacker News
NYT: Hackers Breach the Web Site of Stratfor Global Intelligence
RawStory: Security firm Stratfor suffers Anonymous hack
CNN: Hackers target global think tank

Financial News
BusinessInsider: Max Keiser On The Shocking Real Debt To GDP Ratio Of Britain
It’s always a pleasure to talk with Max, and in this interview he drops a bombshell that I still have a hard time even contemplating:
BusinessInsider: BARRY RITHOLTZ: Here's Why Most Investors Are Guaranteed To Lose
Zerohedge: All HaiL THe MiGHTY CoN!
NYT: U.S. Firms See Europe Woes as Opportunities 
Telegraph: Archbishop of York attacks bankers’ ‘massive bonuses’ - Dr John Sentamu said: "Let us not be a society that knows the price of everything and value of nothing."   
BlacklistedNews: World’s Second And Third Largest Economies To Bypass Dollar, Engage In Direct Currency Trade 
MarketWatch: Jobless Claims becoming tough to ignore - While it is a bit of a stretch to say that economists are snug in their beds with visions of jobless claims dancing in their heads, there is no denying that they are growing more excited about the improvement in claims over the past month and will be focusing on that release in the holiday-shortened week.  “People are going to be focusing pretty heavily on claims,” said Josh Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc.  Claims have fallen by 40,000 over the past four weeks to a post-recession low of 364,000.
Reuters: Consumer, business spending point to slower growth 
SeattleTimes: Bank failures cost $88 billion while U.S. enforces in the dark
Politico: New signs of economic weakness
Reuters: IMF's Lagarde warns global economy threatened
NYT: From the Fed, a Shield Against Europe
OrlandoSentinel: Corporations gear up for major U.S. tax battle
USAToday: Banks not lending? Corporate borrowing soars in 2011

GlobeandMail: 2012: The year of borrowing trouble 

Peak oil and Energy News
EconBrowser: U.S. net exports of petroleum products - One big story of 2011 was the United States switched from being a net importer to a net exporter of petroleum products. Here are the details behind that development.
MarketWatch: OPEC in pact on Libyan oil, minister says

Mineweb: More Indonesian anti-gold mining riots - 2 dead
BusinessInsider: 10 Quotes From The Always Charming Commodities Guru Jim Rogers

Environmental News
ExtinctionProtocol: Wild Christmas weather: freak hailstorm wreaks havoc in Victoria - December 25, 2011 – AUSTRALIA – Storms pelted Victorians with hailstones as big as billiard balls during a wild Christmas Day barrage.
NYT: A Quake-Scarred Nation Tries a Rural Road to Recovery - “I will never go back to Port-au-Prince,” said Mr. Laurore, 32, a former shopkeeper who was sifting soil to plant a tomato garden, referring to the capital. “It left a strong pain inside. Here the work is hard, but you live in total peace.”
NYDailyNews: Global warming or the apocalypse? 2011's record-breaking weather
TreeHugger: Beirut's Roofs and Walls Ripe for a Green Takeover
NRDC: Extreme Weather Map
NYT: Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year
At the end of one of the most bizarre weather years in American history, climate research stands at a crossroads.
Scientists say they could, in theory, do a much better job of answering the question “Did global warming have anything to do with it?” after extreme weather events like the drought in Texas and the floods in New England.
But for many reasons, efforts to put out prompt reports on the causes of extreme weather are essentially languishing. Chief among the difficulties that scientists face: the political environment for new climate-science initiatives has turned hostile, and with the federal budget crisis, money is tight.
ABC.netAU: Capture of rare rhino gives hope for species - Malaysian wildlife authorities say the capture of a young Borneo Sumatran rhino gives them a last chance to save the highly endangered species from extinction.
MSNBC: For Joplin, a love letter in the ruins  - Officials contemplate what to do with house covered in messages from tornado volunteers
Krugman: Springtime for Toxics

America in Decline
BlacklistedNews: The American Fascist Sandwich: Indefinite Detention and Internment Camps
TruthOut: Why Is the Media Lying About New NDAA Power for Indefinite Military Detention of Americans? - Ralph Lopez, War Is a Crime: "What is becoming more worrisome than what Anonymous calls this "outright declaration of WAR against the American People," is the fact that the Congress, the president, and their media minions are working so hard to conceal it. If you need to overthrow the Constitution in order to fight terrorists, why not just say so? Why the guilty, criminal frame of mind?"
LAT: Nearly 1,500 wrongfully incarcerated in L.A. due to ID errors
RollingStone: A Christmas Message From America's Rich
NYT: Pentagon Finds No Fault in Ties to TV Analysts - A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives, the Pentagon’s inspector general has concluded after a two-year investigation.

Food and Water
TruthOut: Feinstein Earmark Quietly Paves Way for Easier Water Sales
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers: "Feinstein describes the measure as a sensible way to move water around the state. But opponents, who had earlier resisted the proposals when presented as separate legislation, consider it a boon for some well-connected farmers. 'It's an earmark worth millions to the water merchants, who can buy water at rock-bottom prices and resell it,' Patricia Schifferle, director of the environmental group Pacific Advocates, said in an interview Monday."
BusinessInsider: MEAD JOHNSON: We Checked And There's No Deadly Bacteria In Our Baby Formula (MJN)
TreeHugger: Are Flame Retardants in Your Soft Drink? - Brominated vegetable oil is patented as a flame retardant and it's banned in food all over Europe and Japan, but it's on the ingredient list of about 10 percent of sodas in the U.S. It's not in Coca-Cola, but is in Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, and in some flavors of Powerade and Gatorade.
Yahoo: Big Corn, Big Sugar in bitter US row on sweetener - Big Corn and Big Sugar are locked in a legal and public relations fight in the US over a plan to change the name of a corn-based sweetener that has gotten a bad name.
BlacklistedNews: Monsanto’s GM Corn Linked To Organ Failure
NPR: Food Banks See Drop In Donations

Science and Technology
MSNBC: How fast?! China tests 300-mph train
Time: Buyer's Remorse: What to Do with Tech Gifts You Don't Want

Medical and Health
Independent: Too late to contain killer flu science, say experts

NewScientist: Mysterious nodding syndrome spreading through Uganda 
END THE OF HORROR WORM: Dracunculus medinensis. PDF 
Wired: Searching the Sea for Scum-Busting Cholera Killers
M&C: Nicotine doses not the complete answer to quitting smoking
MSNBC: Nearly unplugged, coma patient now speaking, walking - 'I see myself leaving the house, going to school, work, basic things,' college student says
CNN: Death toll mounts from storm in Philippines as bodies wash ashore

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: 2011 Earthquakes
CityFarmer: Gardening on Christmas Day
TheGreenHorns: TED Talk On Small Family Farms - TEDxAlbany 2011, featuring Sarah Gordon on “Marketing for the Future of Small Family Farms”.

Other News
Slate: Mommie Dearest - The pope beatifies Mother Teresa, a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.
NYT: Bourbon's All-American Roar
Telegraph: Popes, princes and potentates, the Vatican Secret Archives have been jealously guarded for centuries.  
WashingtonPost: Police looking for motive after 7 relatives found fatally shot on Christmas in Texas apartment
CanadianBusiness: Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed 
CNN: Iranian officials: Woman may be hanged instead of stoned 

BusinessInsider: WATCH: Conan Made His Own Ron Paul Ad And It's Awesome
The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Quakes HAARPed on Scientology Holidays & Christian Holy Days 

TinfoilPalace: Why Are There No Clear Photos of Pluto?
TheOilAge: A warning to the people of planet earth. 
TheOilAge: I believe Yellowstone will erupt soon *Official thread* 
HubbertsArms: Warm - not white - Christmas as temperatures could beat Barcelona 
HubbertsArms: Number of first-time buyers plummets to lowest on record

SilentCountry: ‘Tight oil’ holds promise of ending U.S. oil imports
SilentCountry: Gas price not tracking oil price for 3 months

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