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DesdemonaDespair: Japanese engineer: ‘There was a nuclear explosion in Reactor 3 in addition to a hydrogen explosion’
Fox: Iranian Official Threatens Military Drill Sealing Off the Strait of Hormuz
Zerohedge: Update: It's Not On Just Yet: Iran Denies Earlier Reports:... Iran Closes Straits Of Hormuz, Oil Explodes
LegitGov: Cyber war on US drones? Another spy craft crash, now in Seychelles
SOTT: Cheney: President should have gone in and destroyed drone
JerusalemPost: 'Technical problems, not Iran, downed drone'
StratRisks: Sources: Plan to kill Iran Supreme Leader thwarted -
According to informed sources inside Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has recently ordered the arrest of a number of prominent members of the Revolutionary Guards. He ordered to investigate them and others, who were not arrested, in a suspected plot to assassinate him.
The sources said that among those arrested and interrogated so far are some of Khamenei’s bodyguards. The sources conveyed that those arrested tried to convince Khamenei to visit Mlard missile base in western Tehran on November 12th. It should be mentioned that on that day a huge blast took place in this military base, which killed among others the head of ballistic missiles production and development unit.
TechReview: Should We Fire the First Shot in a Cyberwar? - Defending against an attack is so hard that some think a stronger offense is required.
BBC: Police test for riot laser that can temporarily blind
LegitGov: Israeli army base attacked by right-wing extremists
NYT: Chinese Village Locked in Rebellion Against Authorities
NYT: Beirut Bank Seen as a Hub of Hezbollah’s Financing
NPR: Israel Orders Closure Of Disputed Jerusalem Ramp - Israeli authorities have ordered the closure of a pedestrian walkway in Jerusalem's Old City that has become a flashpoint .
LAT: Body of woman found at home of gunman in Belgian grenade attack
CNN: Pakistan's president to be discharged
SFBayCraigslist: A Craigslist ad:
RollingStone: Occupy Wall Street: The 'Squidding' of Goldman, Sachs - I almost shed tears of pride this morning when I read this hilarious passage in the Daily News: Earlier Monday, about 300 protesters in squid costumes surged outside the offices of Goldman Sachs investment bank shouting, "We fry calamari!" and "Everyone pays their tax – everyone but Goldman, Sachs!"
USAToday: 'Time' names The Protester as Person of the Year - Time magazine has named "The Protester" as its Person of the Year for 2011, citing a worldwide outburst of people-power from Tunisia to Moscow to Wall Street.
CNN: James Murdoch knew of damning e-mail, lawyer says
WSJ: A Look Inside the Fed’s Balance Sheet
OutsideTheBeltway: The Real Unemployment Rate
RawStory: Desperate British students ‘turning to prostitution’
FT: A disastrous failure at the summit - Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. That was my reaction to the outcome of last week’s meeting of the European Union’s Council.
BlacklistedNews: Massive Downward Revisions Imminent: National Association of Realtors Miscounted Millions Of Home Sales Over Last Five Years
WashingtonPost: Federal reserve report: Home flipping drove housing bubble in Nevada, California, other states
Telegraph: Forget David Cameron’s veto, another eurozone crisis is only weeks away - You wouldn’t believe it to listen to the fulminating indignation directed at the UK from across the Channel, but David Cameron did the eurozone’s political leaders a favour last weekend.
EPI.org: On fairy tales about inequality - In Jason DeParle’s New York Times article today, it appears that some folks are claiming that the inequality that Occupy Wall Street has called attention to is a thing of the past and of no concern, all because income inequality declined during the recession between 2007 and 2009.
WSJ: Moody's Places Spanish Banks on Review
Bloomberg: China Affirms Property Curbs Even With ‘Grim’ Outlook
ATaxingMatter: Gingrich tax 'plan' starves government, feeds the wealthy, rests on flawed assumptions - In case you hadn't heard about it, Gingrich would offer taxpayers a choice to pay tax under current policy or at a 15% rate, with zero taxation of capital gains, dividends and interest that accrues mostly to the rich and uberrich, while corporate tax rate would be reduced to a mere 12.5%.
MarginalRevolution: The Great Start-Up Stagnation
Forbes: Some Advice for MF Global Employees - Start Cooperating With The Feds!
MarketWatch: This slump won’t end until 2031
NakedCapitalism: From Bad to Worse for the IMF
BusinessInsider: Financial Fraudsters Are Going After Your Parents With A Vengeance - The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that financial fraudsters are again targeting their favorite demographic, the elderly.
CSMonitor: Add to stalemate over payroll tax the threat of government shutdown
Zerohedge: Art Cashin On The "Rumormonger Convention" And Why Traders Have Put Santa's Picture On A Milk Carton
CharlesHughSmith: Housing Cannot Recover If Employment Is Trending Down
Peak oil and Energy News
OilPrice.com: Rare Earth Shortages - A Ticking Timebomb for Renewables? - A global scarcity of rare earth metals over the next five years could be “a ticking timebomb” for renewables and clean-tech, according to consultancy PwC.
TheOilDrum: Wind Fights Solar; Triangle Wins
BusinessInsider: Now Russia's Joint Venture With BP Is Spending $10 Billion To Find Oil In The Arctic
MarketWatch: The gold bugs are throwing in the towel
Mineweb: Gold price nears 2-month lows as Euro struggles
Zerohedge: Roubini Asks of ‘Goldbugs’ on Twitter “Where is 2,000?”
ExtinctionProtocol: Residents puzzled by recent flurry of earthquakes in Maine
DesdemonaDespair: Blood Money: Tsunami recovery funds go to Japan’s whaling industry
SOTT: US, Tennessee: Sinkhole Swallows Pool, Nears House
ExtinctionProtocol: Rain disappears from skies over half of Mexico- worst drought in 70 years
SOTT: US, New Hampshire:150-foot Manchester sinkhole swallows car
Time: Cholera Fallout: Can Haitians Sue the U.N. for the Epidemic?
ThinkProgress: 2011 Sets U.S. Record for Wet/Dry Extremes, Wettest Year in Philadelphia’s 2-Century Record - This year is now the wettest year in nearly 200 years of record keeping in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SOTT: Record 67-foot wave recorded off Irish coast
America in Decline
SOTT: US: A Dangerous Woman - Indefinite Detention at Carswell a must read article.
USAToday: Child homelessness up 33% in 3 years- One in 45 children in the USA — 1.6 million children — were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or doubled up with other families last year, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.
WGAL: State Police Could See Hundreds Of Layoffs - Pennsylvania state police are preparing for potential budget cuts, which could mean layoffs for hundreds of state troopers -- something that's never happened before.
BlacklistedNews: Child Poverty In America Is Absolutely EXPLODING – 16 Shocking Statistics That Will Break Your Heart
RawStory: Human rights attorney: Defense bill will ‘gut the Constitution’
Food and Water
Are Privatized Water Utilities in Cahoots With Shale Gas Companies? - On one hand, we have shale gas companies who have been rushing into various regions of the country to extract gas using a dangerous extraction process that involves toxic chemicals potentially contaminating our drinking water. On the other hand, we also have investor-owned water utilities (IOU’s) who are taking a public resource out of the hands of the public and profiting greatly from it. What happens when you put them both together?
Science and Technology
ScientificAmerican: Tantalizing Hints of Elusive Higgs Particle Announced
PopSci: Brand-New Stratolaunch, the Biggest Plane in the World, Could Replace the Space Shuttle
PopSci: Video: A Trillion-Frame-Per-Second Camera Captures Individual Photons Moving Through Space
ScientificAmerican: Off the Beam: Did a U.S. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?
TechReview: 5 Disruptive Technologies Happening Now
Medical and Health
NYT: G.O.P. Bill Would Benefit Doctor-Owned Hospitals
PopSci: Can a Single Injection Cure the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Time: Eating at the Holidays: Forget Dieting, Try Intermittent Fasting
Atlantic: Internet as Addiction
ScientificAmerican: U.S. Stillbirths Still Prevalent, Often Unexplained
BusinessInsider: INFOGRAPHIC: Why You Need To Stop Driving Your Car Right Now - We've previously boasted about the incredible health and financial benefits of owning a bike.
MedicalNewsToday: Just 51% Of US Adults Married Today, Compared To 72% Fifty Years Ago
RedditScience: Hairy limbs keep bed bugs at bay, Hairier skin may be the key to avoiding being bitten by bed bugs, claim Sheffield academics.
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: Congress Considers Bill to Censor Internet
KJRH: OU professor accused of sex abuse
CNN: Jailed Afghan rape victim freed
SunlightFoundation: The political one percent of the one percent - If you think wealth is concentrated in the United States, just wait till you look at the data on campaign spending.
AngryBear: A bit of humor…there is a Republican with a brain - All evidence from the debates notwithstanding, there is a Republican with a brain. Asif Mandvi, reporter for the "Daily Show," tried to prank Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, asking for a sample of her urine. She immediately forked it over, though it was only apple juice -- yazakchattiest.
LanguageLog: The assholocracy - Somewhat to my surprise, the Wall Street Journal didn't merely report that "Donald Trump wants a say in who gets the nomination, so he's hosting a presidential debate, holding out the prospect of his endorsement and threatening an independent run" (i.e., behaving like a kingmaker who expects to be honored and courted by the rival candidates); it even quoted candidate Jon Huntsman's remarkably lewd comment about why he's not going to attend the Trump "debate": Huntsman said, "I'm not going to kiss his ring, and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy." That vivid and rather gross remark reminded me of how right my extremely cool son Calvin is about the word he wants to see win the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year contest. I had been talking to Calvin one day about the ghastly crew of obnoxious multi-millionaires who dominate the newspapers, and how they keep threatening to achieve success even in the political arena. Calvin pointed out to me both that we need a new political term for the concept of being ruled by such men, and that there already is such a term. We are living, he observed, in the age of the assholocracy.
RawStory: Poll: Ron Paul only 1 point behind Gingrich in Iowa
Guardian: How Fox News is helping Barack Obama’s re-election bid
NewYorker: Newt Gingrich’s Alternative History
Reuters: Gingrich worse against Obama than Romney: Reuters/Ipsos poll
RawStory: Holder promises close inspection of so-called ‘voter fraud’ measures
TinfoilPalace: Preparedness/Survival Type Websites
TinfoilPalace: South Africa UFO Convention Theory: ETs Raid Earth For Gold
TheOilage: Ann Barnhardt - Oh man - The trust IS GONE...buckle up.
TheOilAge: Syria's Torture Machine
HubbertsArms: South Korean execs plead guilty to price-fixing
HubbertsArms: Forget David Cameron's veto, another eurozone crisis is only weeks away
SilentCountry: Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front
SilentCountry: Monster waves, gale force winds and snow lash the north coast