Monday, December 5, 2011

Breaking News Mon. Dec. 5, 2011

Hey guys, just checked our stats here and we've posted over 330 posts and had over 152,000 page views! That's pretty good isn't it! 
I hope everyone had a good weekend. Could be an interesting news week I'm thinking so check back in every afternoon and see what we've found!

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!.

BBC: Contaminated water leaks from Fukushima nuclear plant - Radioactive water on the floor of a water treatment facility at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on 4 December 2011 Tepco said the water leak at the treatment system was found on Sunday morning
Contaminated water has leaked from a treatment system at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with some potentially entering the sea, the plant's operator says.
Cryptogon: Japan: Scientists Call for Dumping Radioactive Soil Into Sea

Global Conflict
Got the following video link from RJ this weekend. Sobering stuff.
Scotsman: Is this bomb site proof of our secret war against Iran?
Telegraph: US and Israel 'involved in covert war against Iran' - Former US intelligence officials and Iran experts believe last month's explosion at a military base near Tehran was part of a covert effort by the US, Israel and other states to disable Iran's nuclear and missile programmes, The Los Angeles Times reported late on Sunday.
NYT: U.S. Tightens Its Security in Baghdad
Reuters: Iran says oil would go over $250 if exports banned
Time: Despite Downed U.S. Drone Claims, Iran War Talk May Be Overblown
There are signs that covert warfare against Iran is escalating -- and that Iran may be feeling mounting internal pressure to retaliate
MSNBC: CIA, US Marines start to leave Pakistan drone base - American military personnel were ordered to leave after NATO attack killed Pakistani troops
BusinessInsider: Bradley Manning Wants President Obama And Hillary Clinton As Witnesses 
BlacklistedNews: U.S. Spent $200M on Egypt Election
ExtinctionProtocol: Analysts fear India’s new “China killer” nuclear missile may ignite arms race in South Asia  
NPR: Syria Says It Is Still Open To Arab Observer Plan
TheAtlantic: Is Saudi Arabia Next? - Recent demonstrations and violence in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province that left four people dead and nine others wounded raise the question: Is Saudi Arabia the next country that will encounter the wave of popular unrest sweeping the Arab world?
Fox: US Begins Pulling Drones From Pakistan Air Base
VOA: Iran Says it Shot Down US Spy Drone
JerusalemPost: 'Iran military shoots down US drone in eastern province'

DailyMail: Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions is created in research lab --'Anthrax isn't scary at all compared to this' Just five tweaks to H5N1 makes it more contagious 28 Nov 2011 A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. There are fears that the modified virus is so dangerous it could be used for bio-warfare, if it falls into the wrong hands [such as USociopaths and pharma-terrorists, who are *dying* to get an avian flu pandemic started].

SOTT: Arrest Bush, says Amnesty International
Reuters: Syrian secret police defect, Arab deadline looms
Reuters: Egypt Salafis want no pact with Muslim Brotherhood
Bloomberg: Egypt's Economy Reels as Capital Flees - Political unrest is hurting Egypt's economy: GDP is falling, factories are closing, and the nation's finances are worsening
USAToday: Egyptian election results deepen Israeli fears
BlacklistedNews: US Caught Meddling in Russian Elections 
JerusalemPost: Clinton has 'serious concerns' on Russia vote 
Xinhaunet: Iran opposes foreign military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 
SeattlePI: Syria gives positive response to Arab request 
IBTimes: Analysis - U.S. Ramps up Warnings on Risks of Attacking Iran 

thanks to Emeline at TinfoilPalace for the following story.
Alternet: People Locked in Tiny Cages, Crying in Pain: What I Saw and Heard When the LAPD Threw Me in Jail for Exercising My Right to Protest the Oligarchy

LegitGov: Police arrest 29 Occupy Tampa protesters after asking them to vacate park
CBSNews: Occupy arrests in DC, Ore., Tenn.
RawStory: Cops seize Occupy Boston’s sink, spawning flood of bad puns
JerusalemPost: 'Israel biggest loser from Brotherhood Egypt win'
WashingtonPost: Police arrest anti-Wall Street demonstrators who refuse to leave Portland Park
CBS: Pushed out, Occupy movement plans next move
WashingtonPost: Occupy D.C. protesters arrested in standoff over makeshift shelter at McPherson Sq.

USAToday: Protesters arrested after building erected in D.C. 
BostonHerald: City warns against new tent at Occupy Boston 

Financial News
Zerohedge: Complete Summary Of What To Expect From Europe This Week
Cryptogon: Fed May Give Loans to IMF to Help Euro Zone 
FT: France and Germany look set to fudge it yet again
Economix: A British Guide to Cutting Public Spending - Policies being carried out by the coalition government headed by Prime Minister David Cameron prefigure what is likely to happen in the United States if a Republican is elected president next fall.
CharlesHughSmith: It's Your Choice, Europe: Rebel Against the Banks or Accept Debt-Serfdom
BlacklistedNews: The Fruits of Globalization: Regression, Destitution, Domination
BBC: Wage inequality 'getting worse' in leading economies
David Apgar: Could Germany Be Right about the Euro?
Telegraph: Italian welfare minister in tears over austerity measures - Italian Welfare Minister Elsa Fornero broke down in tears as she announced an end to inflation indexing on all but the lowest pension bands, a move that will mean an effective income cut for many pensioners. 

Reuters: Europe's rich move assets amid euro fears
Bloomberg: Michael Lewis: Advice From the 1%: Lever Up, Drop Out
BusinessInsider: Why This Is Going To Be The Week From Hell In Europe
WashingtonPost: Congress faces pivotal week on stimulus, spending measures 
BusinessInsider: Kicking The Can Down The Road Will Officially Stop Working In 2013
CharlesHughSmith: The Future of Work and Jobs
NYT: Italy's Government Approves Austerity Measures
Telegraph: Eurozone crisis: surviving the second credit crunch - The eurozone crisis has taken a turn for the worst unnerving savers once more. 

NYT: Higher Loan Limits, Again, for Pricey Markets 
BusinessInsider: GOLDMAN: This Is What The World Will Be Like In 2012 And 2013 (GS) - Goldman Sachs is out with its first predictions for how 2012 and 2013 will shape up, and the news isn't all that thrilling. 
DolanEcon: US Employment Data: Stronger November Report Shows Economy Struggling to Resist Global Weakness 
BusinessInsider: The Future Of Work In America In One Simple Chart - There's a lot of debate about the future of labor in America: Will manufacturing ever come back? Will automation be a job destroyer?  
 (great, the future of jobs in America... millions of bedpan emptiers! How cool is that?)
BusinessInsider: Obama Is About To Give A Huge Class Warfare Speech 
CreditWritedowns: Slightly Better News Stream, US Dollar Softer - The US dollar is beginning the week on a softer note, but well within recent ranges. Most of this week’s key events lie ahead. The day earlier than planned and somewhat larger Italian austerity plan coupled with talk of ECB purchases has helped send Italian bond yields sharply lower, with the 10-year yield falling over 50 bp toward 6%. Spanish 10-year bond yields have fallen about 40 bp to near 5.25%.
CalculatedRisk: WSJ: New Fed Communication Strategy - From the WSJ: Federal Reserve Prepares to Make Itself Perfectly Clear The Fed has been working on revamping its communication strategy for months.
CNN: What would a publicly traded Facebook mean to users?
Star-Telegram: Squatters claim more than $8 million worth of Tarrant County properties

Peak oil and Energy News
Reuters: Iran says oil would go over $250 if exports banned
TransitionVoice: Excerpt: Lethal Trajectories 
OilAndGasEurasia: Goldman Sachs forecast the price of Brent crude oil at $130 a barrel in 2013 - Goldman Sachs forecast the price of Brent crude oil at $130 (U.S.) a barrel in 2013, saying crude will continue to rise even in a poor economic growth environment.  
EnergyBulletin: De-constructing the WSJ's front page story, “U.S. nears milestone: net fuel exporter”
TheOilDrum: Pipeline changes to fix WTI /Brent spread are likely to add new problems
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk - an introduction to Azerbaijan 
DesdemonaDespair: Graph of the Day: World Energy Consumption by Fuel Type, 1990-2035 - In the long-term, the Reference case projects increased world consumption of marketed energy from all fuel sources through 2035. 
CreditSlips: Consumers Beware of Gas Well Leases, Especially Around the Holidays
NYT: Learning Too Late of Perils in Gas Well Leases - Americans have signed millions of leases allowing companies to drill for oil and natural gas on their land in recent years. But some of these landowners — often in rural areas, and eager for quick payouts — are finding out too late what is, and what is not, in the fine print. Energy company officials say that standard leases include language that protects landowners. But a review of more than 111,000 leases, addenda and related documents by The New York Times suggests otherwise:
OilPrice: Will Thorium Ever Be Adopted as a Major Energy Source?
SeekingAlpha: The U.S. Economy, Market Are Yo-Yoing On Oil 
CNNMoney: Gasoline: The new big U.S. export 
IBTimes: Solar Will Supply One-Third of Global Energy by 2060: IEA 
McClatchy: Shell Oil bets billions on Arctic Alaska plan - NEW ORLEANS — Standing in front of a brightly colored, 3-D image of the geology far below the floor of the Chukchi Sea, Steve Phelps pointed to the "giant opportunity" that has prompted Shell Oil to pour billions of dollars into the Alaska Arctic.

Mineweb: Gold steadies on Euro plan hopes

Environmental News

ExtinctionProtocol: Small magnitude tremor rattles homes in Cornwall region
December 4, 2011 – UNITED KINGDOM- An earthquake has hit the Bodmin area of Cornwall overnight. According to reports from the British Geological...

ExtinctionProtocol: Record number of mud volcanoes erupting across the planet- Trinadad mud volcano awakens after 14 years

ScientificAmerican: Three-Quarters of Climate Change Is Man-Made
ExtinctionProtocol: Geologist warn tremor a reminder big earthquake is in Montanta’s future
LAT: A global cooling to the US position on climate change
CNN: Authorities warn of fire threats as howling winds hit Southern California 
WMO: 2011: world’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña on record, second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent 
Grist: Efficiency standards are the SINGLE BIGGEST CLIMATE DEAL EVER 
CNN: Santa Ana winds return to Southern California 
ENN: Green policies can halve CO2 emissions from energy sector, says OECD and IEA  

America in Decline
CBSNews: 84-year-old claims TSA strip-search
DetNews: Survey: Retirement becoming a fleeting dream for many workers - 25% expect to work into their 80s, blame meager savings

SeattleTimes: Cuts to first-class mail to slow delivery in 2012 - Unprecedented cuts by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service will slow first-class delivery next spring and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
NYT: Newt’s War on Poor Children- Newt Gingrich has reached a new low, and that is hard for him to do. Nearly two weeks after claiming that child labor laws are “truly stupid” and implying that poor children should be put to work as janitors in their schools, he now claims that poor children don’t understand work unless they’re doing something illegal. “Start with the following two facts: Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.” Gingrich wants to start with the facts? O.K. First, as I’ve pointed out before, three out of four poor working-aged adults — ages 18 to 64 — work. Half of them have full-time jobs and a quarter work part time. Furthermore, according to an analysis of census data by Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College, most poor children live in a household where at least one parent is employed. And even among children who live in extreme poverty — defined here as a household with income less than 50 percent of the poverty level — a third have at least one working parent.

TriCitiesNews: Homeless children growing problem in region
Cryptogon: DEA Launders Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels
Reuters; Americans not immune if they act against U.S: CIA  -01 Dec 2011 American citizens are not immune from being treated like an enemy if they take up arms against the United States, the CIA general counsel said on Thursday. CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston was responding to a question at an American Bar Association national security conference about the killing of Americans overseas without presenting evidence of wrongdoing. A CIA drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, earlier this year. 
SOTT: The Return of the Great Depression and The Establishment of a Police State
ClusterfuckNation: Suspended Civlization
Posner: Does America Imprison Too Many People?
Salon: Why city rankings always get it wrong - Happiest cities, most livable cities, loneliest cities -- the web's filled with lists. Almost all of them are bogus

Food and Water
MSNBC: Hope for 'tomato deprivation' sufferers BigPictureAgriculture: The 2012 Farm Bill: Another Can Kicked Down the Road - Unless an agreement is reached on the overall budget before then, the failure of the committee triggers automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over 10 years beginning with the 2013 fiscal year. It is expected that agriculture’s share of that will be $15 billion over the 10 years, which is less than the $23 billion in savings that leadership of the House and Senate ag committees offered to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The question is where will the money come from: nutrition programs, major crop programs including crop insurance, conservation, specialty crops? And, what about those three dozen or so programs without baseline funding? At this point everything is up for grabs.
FT: There’s no time to waste  - David Giles, a graduate anthropology student at the University of Washington, spends much of his time thinking about food. But not victuals in a grocery store, farm, family kitchen or restaurant. Instead, Giles is obsessed with “dumpster-diving” – or the art of eating food waste from American garbage skips.  The Melbourne-born anthropologist is currently analysing how large volumes of perfectly “edible” food are being thrown away each day in America because it does not meet the cultural or corporate norms of edible, or because shops do not want to display food that is “ugly” (say, bruised) or “old” (near its official sell-by date). Since this food is usually safe to eat, communities in places such as Seattle are now jumping – or “diving” – into those dumpsters to scavenge, thus redefining what can be eaten. “This is about the social life (or life-cycle) of food,” Giles told a recent meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), in which he also described the seemingly arbitrary way that “garbage” is now defined in the west.  Welcome to one of many paradoxes that surround modern food. In some senses, America might appear to be groaning with stuff to eat. Some 34 per cent of adults are classified as obese according to the Center for Disease Control, and portion sizes are infamously large. Indeed, food is so plentiful that an estimated 27 per cent of it is routinely thrown away: hence those dumpsters that fascinate Giles. 
UPI: Saudis to spend $66B to boost water supply

Science and Technology
PopSci: DARPA's Impossible-Sounding Shredder Challenge is Already Solved
BusinessInsider: HOW TO: Turn Off Carrier IQ Tracking Software On Your iPhone (AAPL) - Until Apple fully removes Carrier IQ "in a future software update" like it said a few days ago, here's how to disable Carrier IQ and get some peace of mind, PCWorld reports...
Wired: Carrier IQ Admits Holding 'Treasure Trove' of Consumer Data, But No Keystrokes
ScientificAmerican: Human Genome Untangled in 3-D [Video]
PhysOrg: Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth 
TechReview: Nano Paint Could Make Airplanes Invisible to Radar - A new nanostructured coating could be used to make paints for stealth aircraft that can't be seen at night and that are undetectable by radar at any time of day. The coating, made of carbon nanotubes, can be used to cloak an object in utter darkness, making it indistinguishable from the night sky.

Medical and Health
KidDynamite'sWorld: How Doctors Die  - “Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple a patient’s five-year-survival odds—from 5 percent to 15 percent—albeit with a poor quality of life. Charlie was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice, and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with family and feeling as good as possible. Several months later, he died at home. He got no chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical treatment. Medicare didn’t spend much on him. It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.”
Cryptogon: Regrets of the Dying  
Cryptogon: Ireland: Psychiatrist Calls for Lithium to be Added to Water
BeforeItsNews: BBC: Politicians Exploiting Neuroscience To Manipulate The Masses
TheAtlantic: Religion's Role in Fighting AIDS
LegitGov: Bid to censor bird-flu details
BusinessInsider: 10 Surprising Things That Will Make You Live Longer
SOTT: FLASHBACK: Medical Prostitution: How Corrupted Drug Companies Deceive and Manipulate Your Doctor
DeclineoftheEmpire: The Incredible Shrinking Brain
Bloomberg: Slide Show: The Ten Most Toxic Cosmetics
TheChart: What the Yuck: I'm tired all the time
TheChart: Boost your 'good fats' to help fend off diabetes
ScientificAmerican: Was Jane Austen Poisoned by Arsenic? Science May Soon Find Out
MSNBC: Formerly conjoined toddlers leave hospital

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
SHTFPlan: Paul to Congress: “Someone Who Has Guns, Ammunition, 7 Days of Food” Can Be Considered a Potential Terrorist
BigPictureAgriculture: Design for Small Lean-To Greenhouses - This is a century-old design for constructing a small, glass greenhouse lean-to (or free-standing).
ModernSurvivalOnline: US Nuclear Target Map
SHTFPlan: Gun Sales Surge on Black Friday: Over 129,000 Background Checks Flooded the FBI  
ModernSurvivalOnline: We Are 5 Minutes From Exponential Armageddon

Other News
CNN: 3rd body identified in Ohio killings linked to Craigslist ad
MailOnline: 'Prophet of God' claims mysterious manuscript's code has been cracked 
PhotoBlogMSNBC: Gone in less than 60 seconds: 11 luxury sports cars wrecked in expensive pileup
GlobeandMail: ‘Time to return to Israel’ ads rile American Jews  - A provocative ‘time to return’ set of advertisements created by the Israeli government and aimed at expatriates has been scrapped after outrage from American Jews.
The ads suggesting that Israeli Jews may be corrupted by Christian influence and North America cultures and urged Israeli émigrés to return, lest their children lose the sense of identity.
ArchaeologyNewsNetwork: 'Cowboy builders' blamed for crumbling Colosseum
CNN: 45,000 Germans evacuated due to WWII bombs
MSNBC: Hunter captures UFO in Nevada - The shiny craft landed almost on top of him — but was not from outer space 
 CNN: Televangelist Long to take time off after divorce filing - Bishop Eddie Long, head of one of the nation's largest mega churches, announced Sunday he will take "time off" from the pulpit to work on his family.
Reuters: Russian voters deal Putin an election blow
Yahoo: Military dogs taking Xanax, receiving therapy, for canine PTSD
CNN: 13 injured after Oklahoma State beats Sooners - A raucous on-field celebration following Oklahoma State's trouncing of football rival Oklahoma left 13 people injured, including two in critical condition... 
USAToday: Kentucky church overturns ban on interracial couples
Members of a small eastern Kentucky church that recently banned interracial couple have unanimoulsy overturned that decision, WYMT TV reports.
"We voted ... to accept all people regardless of race, creed, or color and to accept everyone into the fellowship of Christ," said Stacy Stepp, pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church. 
MSNBC: Voters punish Putin as Russia's communists make comeback

DesMoinesRegister: Herman Cain suspends troubled campaign; Newt Gingrich benefits in Iowa
BlacklistedNews:  Ron Paul Refusing To Attend Debate Hosted By Donald Trump
TheAtlantic: The Clown Debates

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Hey, Y'all! We Got Our Own Little Revealing of the PO-lice Going on Right Here in Montana!
TinfoilPalace: The American Way of Crime
TheOilAge: Hungary debt downgraded to junk 
TheOilAge: Motion Induced Blindness
HubbertsArms: Cairn’s $600 Million Greenland Oil Campaign Ends in Failure
HubbertsArms: Mission Accomplished: Baghdad is Now the "Worst City in the World"
SilentCountry: Will World War III Be Between the US and China?
SilentCountry: Iran military shoots down U.S. drone: state TV

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