Thursday, December 8, 2011

Breaking News Thurs. Dec. 8, 2011

Much thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their contributions this morning. They find some pretty cool stories for us and deserve our appreciattion.
hope you all visit their blogs and support their work.
also, check out the forums linked at the bottom of this post.

SFGate: Cesium in Baby Milk Powder Shows Nuclear Risk for Japan Food 
Telegraph: Japanese baby milk formula recalled over radiation fears -Contamination believed connected to nuclear crisis at Fukushima power plant
NZHerald: Fukushima's highly radioactive leak into Pacific - Highly radioactive waste water from a crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has leaked to the Pacific, its operator has said, promising to prevent similar incidents.
Global Conflict
MSNBC: Hidden in plain sight: Inside a secret CIA prison - In northern Bucharest, in a busy residential neighborhood minutes from the heart of the capital city, is a secret the Romanian government has long tried to protect.
TheAtlantic: Avigdor Lieberman Rises to Putin's Defense (of Course)
Guardian: Vladimir Putin accuses Hillary Clinton of encouraging Russian protests
NYT: Putin Accuses Clinton of Instigating Protests 
Reuters: Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs
NPR: Report: Troops' Cremated Remains Went To Landfill
MSNBC: Report: Air Force dumped remains of 274 troops in landfill 
NYT: Blast Hits Pipeline in Syrian City
Telegraph: Mikhail Gorbachev calls for Russian elections to be annulled
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet Union leader, has called for Russia's elections be rerun due to fraud. 
USAToday: U.S. in talks to help rebuild Libyan military
Spiegel: Drying Up the Source - The West Wants to Hit Tehran with an Oil Embargo 
NZHerald: CIA drone 'part of fleet spying on Iran' 08 Dec 2011 United States officials say a drone that crashed inside Iran over the weekend was one of a fleet of stealth aircraft that have spied on Iran for years from a United States air base in Afghanistan.

ExiledOnline: Max Blumenthal Responds To Sleaze Campaign Waged By Atlantic Monthly’s Ex-Detention Camp Guard Jeffrey Goldberg…And Why The Atlantic Monthly’s Sleaze Reminds Us Of Putin’s Russia…Last Friday, The eXiled published Max Blumenthal’s devastating exposé (cross-posted from Al-Akhbar) on the intimate ties between the Israeli occupation security forces, the Bahraini monarchy’s democracy-crushing goons, and police forces across the USA responsible for brutally suppressing the Occupy protests over the past several weeks. As one might expect, the trolls are already out for blood.
AlterNet: Hazmat Suits to Break Up Occupations? How Mayors Feign Concern for Health to Trash a Growing Movement  - Mayors and police around the country have pretended public health is the reason for shutting down Occupy protests, but their actions belie their words.

Financial News
DailyBail: 60 Minutes - Prosecuting Wall Street Fraud At Citigroup And Countrywide - DOJ On The Defensive
ThinkProgress: GOP Supercommittee Member Admits Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Create Jobs, Can’t Explain Why 
Bloomberg: Deutsche Bank Mail Bomb Triggers Alert in N.Y. -NYPD advised Shield, a security program for private firms in New York, to be "extra careful" of similar suspicious packages received by mail

GlobeandMail: Speculators caught by euro zone resilience  
CNN: Euro failure is 'luxury we can't afford,' Sarkozy warns
Zerohedge: Why The UK Trail Of The MF Global Collapse May Have "Apocalyptic" Consequences For The Eurozone, Canadian Banks, Jefferies And Everyone Else
Reuters: Greek unemployment eases to 17.5 pct in September
FT: Germany insists on new treaty for Europe - Germany on Wednesday insisted that its European partners must undertake the politically fraught process of changing European Union treaties, or at least accepting a binding new eurozone accord, to bring stability to the single currency and restore the confidence of investors.
MacroBusiness: China’s ghost city busts - China’s most famous ghost city, Ordos in inner-Mongolia, has regularly been cited as a prime example of China’s unsustainable construction-led economy. Last year, AlJazeera posted an explosive video showcasing Ordos’ ghost apartments and frenetic pace of construction, which exemplified the “build it and they will come” approach that has underpinned the Chinese economy. Then Business Insider posted a slideshow of China’s empty cities, headlined by Ordos. Now a video from NTD Television shows that Ordos’ home prices are crashing, having fallen by almost one-third. Meanwhile, construction has finally ground to a halt, leaving many construction workers unemployed. With the real estate market accounting for around 10% of China’s GDP growth, and affecting many related industries, the concern is that the property downturn might become widespread, dragging China into a sharp recession
BaselineScenario: What Government Aid?
PERI: : The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update: Abstract: This study focuses on the employment effects of military spending versus alternative domestic spending priorities, in particular investments in clean energy, health care and education.  
Bloomberg: Bloomberg News Responds to Bernanke Criticism
Mish: Chart of the Day: Food Stamp Recession Curve
CalculatedRisk: Labor Force Participation Rate by Age Group
WSJ: Sarkozy and Merkel Submit Treaty Change Proposals
CNBC: JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon: Stop Bashing the Rich - CNBC -  Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, is railing against bashing the rich.  Dimon was responding to a question at an investor conference about the hostile political environment towards banks.  "Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and that everyone who is rich is bad — I just don't get it,"
FT: The terrible consequences of a eurozone collapse
NakedCapitalism: Central Banks Plan for Possible Euro Breakup as Merkel Focuses on Wrong Issues
WSJ: Belgium, At Last, has a Government - Belgium's new cabinet will be sworn in by King Albert II on Tuesday, the royal palace said, ending a world-record 541 days without a federal government for the heavily indebted euro-zone country 
Mish: Demand for Dollars from Fed's Discount Window Swells in Europe by 12,735% After Fed Cut Rates on Dollar Swap Lines
BusinessInsider: Supply Chains And The Future Of Globalization In The Wake Of The Tohoku Tsunami - I was sitting in a briefing recently, where I heard how US GDP would be measurably affected by the floods in Thailand –- specifically through the shutdown of production of key auto parts.
CNN: Corzine: 'I don't know where the money is'
NYT: European Central Bank Cuts Rates for 2nd Month in a Row
BusinessWeek: Police investigate item sent to Deutsche Bank CEO
NationOfChange: Invisible Americans: The Overlooked Millions Inside Those Job Numbers - While some celebrated an unemployment rate of “only” 8.6 percent, half that change was explained by the fact that 315,000 people dropped out of the labor force.
SFGate: U.S. corporate taxes down despite profit rebound
MotherJones: Crocodile Tears From the Credit Card Industry - The Wall Street Journal reports on the latest middle finger from the credit card industry: Just two months after one of the most controversial parts of the Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law was enacted, some merchants and consumers are starting to pay the price. Many business owners who sell low-priced goods like coffee and candy bars now are paying higher rates—not lower—when their customers use debit cards for transactions that are less than roughly $10. That is because credit-card companies used to give merchants discounts on debit-card fees they pay on small transactions. But the Dodd-Frank Act placed an overall cap on the fees, and the banking industry has responded by eliminating the discounts. 

Peak oil and Energy News
BlacklistedNews: MIT study with major corporate “advisers” promotes centralized control of power grid
VancouverSun: California backs EU plan to label oil sands products as 'dirty fuel'
VancouverSun: European leaders say oilsands cannot escape climate legislation
StarTelegram: Report: Shale gas industry has profound economic impact in United States 
CNNMoney: OPEC: Speculators to blame for high oil prices

Mineweb: Iron ore demand to stay strong, China still likely to dominate
Mineweb: Savers borrowers and gold coin incentives
Barron's: Gold, Silver Slip After ECB's Draghi Pulls Support For More Stimulus

Environmental News
OAOA: North Mexico wilts under worst drought on record
DURANGO, MEXICO The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation and thirst.
ExtinctionProtocol: Dec. 10, 2011 Eclipse: Large blood red moon to loom over North American skies - Waking up before sunrise can be tough to do, especially on a weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 10th, you might be glad you did.
MarketWatch: Republicans tie payroll tax to Keystone pipeline - House Republicans on Thursday tied an extension of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits to swiftly approving the Keystone oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada.
ScientificAmerican: Climate Negotiations Fail to Keep Pace with Science
LAT: The new war on wolves - Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in April. And this fall, the killing began. As of Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported that 154 of its estimated 750 wolves had been "harvested" this year.

TomDispatch: The Parching of the West - The good news? While 2010 tied for the warmest year on record, 2011 -- according to the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) -- is likely to come in 10th once November and December temperatures are tallied. In part, this is evidently due to an especially strong La Niña cooling event in the Pacific.  On the other hand, with 2011 in the top ten despite La Niña, 13 of the warmest years since such record-keeping began have occurred in the last 15 years.  Think of that as an uncomfortably hot cluster. And other climate news is no better.
NationofChange: The Age of Thirst in the American West - “Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the tale: biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona (538,049 acres), biggest fire ever in New Mexico (156,600 acres), all-time worst fire year in Texas history (3,697,000 acres).”
MSNBC: Floods, flight delays possible after storm soaks Northeast
GlobeandMail: In Durban, Kyoto seems set to meet its end  - With just days remaining to salvage the Kyoto climate treaty, a mood of gloom is descending over the negotiations. Even the most optimistic diplomats are finding it hard to imagine how a deal can be reached.
RawStory: World ‘heading for 3.5 C warming’: study - Current pledges for curbing carbon emissions will doom the world to global warming of 3.5 C, massively overshooting the UN target of 2 C, researchers reported at the climate talks here on Tuesday. Output of heat-trapping carbon gases is rising so fast that governments have only four years left to avert a massive extra bill for meeting the two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) target, they said. “The current pledges are heading towards a global emissionspathway that will take warming to 3.5 C goal (6.3 F),” according to an estimate issued by a consortium of German researchers.
CommonDreams: Kyoto Protocol on Life Support - The United States has become the major stumbling block to progress at the mid point of negotiations over a new international climate regime say civil society and many of the 193 nations attending the United Nations climate change conference here in Durban."The U.S. position leads us to three or four degrees Celsius of warming, which will be devastating for the poor of the world," said Celine Charveriat of Oxfam International.

America in Decline
ChicagoTribune: Report finds charters struggling like other CPS schools
Poverty dogs students despite schools' flexibility, autonomy
Politico: Where is Wall Street accountability?
WashingtonPost: Experts struggle to express direness of infrastructure problem to a wary public - Alaska’s bridge to nowhere is so seared in the minds of voters as the epitome of wasteful federal spending that experts say hardly anyone is willing to pay more to revitalize the nation’s aging highways, bridges and transit systems.

Food and Water
CivilEats: Exposing the Shame: A Critical Look At Farm Worker Housing
EnergyResources: Study: Water wars likely in Middle East
Using water from the Dead Sea means it's drying up, a resource loss that scientists said could destabilize an already tense Middle East political situation.
EarlyWarning: Global Food Prices 10% off Peak

Science and Technology
BBC: Cern scientist expects 'first glimpse' of Higgs boson - A respected scientist from the Cern particle physics laboratory has told the BBC he expects to see "the first glimpse" of the Higgs boson next week. 
NASA: NASA Mars Rover Finds Mineral Vein Deposited by Water
FederalNewsRadio: Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive

PopSci: Scientists to World: We're Going to Finally Clone that Woolly Mammoth We've Been Talking About
(like hub says, once they get good at doing this, and they will, no one will worry about animals going extinct anymore. They can just bring them back from the dead. In fact, I would expect to see it become part of bottom line expenses for the big corporations that destroy the environment. They could go in and wipe out species and not worry about it as long as they cloned them and brought them back again later. It will become just part of the cost of doing business.  Makes you wonder who is funding this research.)
ArchaeologyNewsNetwork: Mysterious Jerusalem carvings baffle archaeologists
TechReview: More Transparent Tracking—Why Is There No App for That? - A call for smart-phone software that lets users see what data their gadgets are sending out. 
ScientificAmerican: Genetics Explain How Bedbugs Infest a Building--or a Country
CosmicLog: Meet America's biggest dinosaur
LightYearsBlog: Diamonds 'entangled' in physics feat
CSMonitor: Google Doodles you'll never see

Medical and Health
this from 3EsDaily
TheNation: Bishops vs. Women: Which Side Is Obama On?- Who matters more to President Obama, 271 Catholic bishops or millions upon millions of sexually active Catholic women who have used (or—gasp!—are using right this minute) birth control methods those bishops disapprove of?
NYT: Plan to Widen Availability of Morning-After Pill Is Rejected
Vitals: Plan B won't be available OTC to younger teens, HHS says
M&C: AIDS still carries a strong stigma in Africa
TheChart: Stress we face as children stays with us
TheChart: Report: Certain environmental exposures can increase breast cancer riskVitals: Whining wanted: Project tracks flu one sneeze at a time

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: Be Prepared For Survival… With… Beer?
ContainerGardening: From abandoned athletic field into organic school garden

Other News
Fox: Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption
Hosted: Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges
VOA: US Citizen Jailed for Insulting Thai Monarch

Spiegel: The Republicans' Farcical Candidates: A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International: The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates have shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country's reputation.
Big Picture: GOP Getting More Unpopular? FoxNews video
NPR: Gingrich Surge Unnerves Some Republican Lawmakers
TruthOut: "I Know How to Beat Republicans": Interview With Former GOP Staffer Mike Lofgren
Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: "Establishment liberals just don't understand what's happening and are too often supercilious, condescending and off-topic." 
Fox: Gingrich on Poverty - Bold but Dopey
House Passes Bill To Grant Congress Veto Power Over White House Rules -- A bill that would give the controlling party of either chamber of Congress veto power over any major new regulation passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. The measure, dubbed the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny -- or REINS -- Act, would require Congress to sign off on any new rule estimated to cost more than $100 million. It passed 241 to 184, with a handful of Democrats crossing the aisle. The REINS Act is only the latest of a slew of bills aimed at peeling back regulations, which House Republicans have pushed for in the name of cutting red tape and freeing up businesses. The GOP sees the regulations as overbearing rulemaking by unelected bureaucrats. "Who do the regulators answer to? No one," said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in debate on the House floor. "When the regulators go to work everyday, like most people go to work, their work assignment's a little different," Poe said. "In my opinion, they sit around a big oak table, sipping their lattes. They have out their iPads and their computers, and they decide, 'Who shall we regulate today?' And they write a regulation and send it out to the masses and make us deal with the cost to that."

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Analysis: Russia may be headed for ANARCHY
TinfoilPalace: The most shoplifed items of the holiday season
TheOilAge: Tennessee: Family Home Burns While Firefighters Watch
TheOilAge: Sea radiation from Fukushima
HubbertsArms: Comet visible in daylight due Dec 15th
HubbertsArms: The New Realities About Retirement are Slowly Sinking In
SilentCountry: All Vaccines are contaminated.
SilentCountry: Give up hope of any serious effort to address climate change

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