Here's a great article at Zerohedge I think many who read this blog will agree with and enjoy.
Also, I posted a link in the Doomsteading section on making back packing meals yourself. This is something that we could all do on a budget to build food stocks without spending a small fortune on freeze dried foods. And that's a good thing!
Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for everything they do to help this blog be as good as it can be. Thanks guys and have a great weekend!
LegitGov: Fukushima eyes checking radiation in breast milk for 10,000 mothers
Blacklistednews: Mexico Drug War Deaths Over Five Years Now Total 47,515
NYT: Myanmar Frees Prominent Political Prisoners
BlacklistedNews: US seeking to 'close down' Iran central bank
SeattlePI: Iranian paper calls for retaliation against Israel
In this photo provided by the semi-official Fars News Agency, people gather around a car as it is removed by a mobile crane in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Two assailants on a motorcycle attached magnetic bombs to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial news agency reported. Photo: Fars News Agency, Meghdad Madadi
JerusalemPost: 'Israel not involved in Iran scientist killing'
WashingtonPost: Angry Iran buries slain scientist, vows revenge against US, Israel
Time: Who Killed an Iranian Nuclear Expert? Israel Isn't Telling
LegitGov: U.S. troops quietly surge into Middle East
NYT: U.S. Warns Top Iran Leader Not to Shut Strait of Hormuz
TheAtlantic: Do We Even Need the Strait of Hormuz?
Atlantic: One Cartoon Sums Up the Insanity of Syria's Crackdown - The unstoppable Ali Ferzat reminds us why the Assad regime hates him.
CNN: Marines in urination video interviewed
BBC: Thailand arrests Hezbollah suspect after US Bangkok alert
Reuters: Taliban say Marine tape won't hurt Afghanistan talks
NPR: Trip To Latin America Shows Iran's Not Isolated
Zerohedge: The West Blinks - Iran Embargo Likely To Be Delayed By Six Months
PsyOrg: The Navy's Gremlin Uses Sonic Waves to Find Underground Bombs
LegitGov: Military court orders release of IDF soldier suspected of passing info to rightists
LegitGov: U.S. Coast Guard will escort ship into Port of Longview, as Occupy movement plans big protest
NakedCapitalism: #Occupy Wall Street Returns to Zuccotti Park - I don’t know how many of you had been to lower Manhattan since the police cleared Zuccotti Park last fall, but it was about as open to the public as a demilitarized zone: barricades covering more than half the area, heavy police presence. It was so inhospitable that entering the park had the vibe of getting your name on an official Enemies of the State list, and apparently if you lingered at all, the police would shoo you away. But we had thought the city’s efforts to change the rules for a privately owned but nevertheless public park were awfully heavy-handed, since these spaces were quid pro quos for zoning variances and are a long standing feature of New York. And the court agreed. This video gives a brief update. As of this hour, the police-favoring New York Times has not deigned to report on this development.
Good: In an OWS Era, Americans Are Much More Aware of Class Tension - It looks like Occupy Wall Street's message has resonated even after Zuccotti Park cleared out.
RawStory: Occupy protester spends 3 weeks in jail for writing on sidewalk
Domestic Financial News
Mish: Retail Sales Up Scant .1% in December, Core Retail Sales Decline; Chart of Retail Sales Adjusted for Population Growth and Inflation
BusinessInsider: WATCH: The Last American-Made Bicycles Are Manufactured By This New York Company - For many small businesses in America, weathering the economic downturn of the last few years has been a difficult challenge.
WSJ: Lackluster End to 2011 Raises Worries About First Quarter
WSJ: U.S. Debt Approaches $15.194 Trillion Ceiling - The Treasury Department has begun maneuvers to avoid hitting the debt ceiling, as the Obama administration waits for Congress to return from the holiday break before it can raise the federal borrowing limit.
Reuters: Obama seeks $1.2 trillion debt limit rise
BlacklistedNews: Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID
Zerohedge: Guest Post: Why QE3 Won't Help "Average Joe"
MyBudget360: EBT Nation - Electronic Benefit Transfer. Since the recession ended in summer of 2009 we have added 14,000,000+ Americans to food stamp programs. Family Dollar Stores up 23 percent in 2011 while overall stock market flat.
MarketWatch: Your bank wants to be your new best friend
CommonDreams: BlackRock's Surprising Reach into the US Economy - While attention has been focused on the activities of that great vampire squid, Goldman Sachs, investment firm BlackRock has been quietly taking over the American economy.
Mineweb: Commodity trading patterns to become more complex in 2012
FT: US corporate creditworthiness falls, says S&P - The creditworthiness of US corporate borrowers has fallen sharply in the past three decades as companies have taken on more debt to boost returns to shareholders, according to a report from Standard & Poor’s.
AmericanBanker: Virginia Bill to Consider Establishing a State-Owned Bank - A Virginia lawmaker is urging his colleagues in Richmond to consider creating a state-owned bank that would use deposits from residents and state agencies to lend to local businesses and stimulate economic growth.
Zerohedge: Sears Noose Tightens As CIT Leaves Company Cold With No Vendor Financing
USAToday: Stocks slide on Chase weakness, euro worries
AFP: Obama seeks merger of US trade, commerce agencies
CharlesHughSmith: Dear U.S.A.: Your Account is Overdrawn
NRN: Outlook 2012: Menu prices will rise - Restaurant operators will increase menu prices this year, mostly between 1 percent and 3 percent, according to an exclusive survey by Nation's Restaurant News.
Zerohedge: BofA Going For (QE3) Broke, Cuts Q4 GDP For Second Time In Two Days
Reuters: Consumer sentiment perks up while trade gap widens
Global Financial News
Reuters: Italy bond auction fails to match Spain success
BlacklistedNews: 22 Signs That We Are On The Verge Of A Devastating Global Recession
Zerohedge: Toscafund: "Greece Exit Would Provoke European Social Unrest, Hyperinflation, And A Military Coup"
BusinessInsider: A Closer Look At How Rupert Murdoch Could Have Helped To Break Up The UK - Rupert Murdoch seems to have something of a love/hate affair with the UK.On one hand, its the place where he made his legend, and his love for his British newspapers seems to go far beyond all economic sense.
Mineweb: US, Chinese Growth to offset European recession, boost gold, copper oil
Mish: ECB Says Credit Crunch Averted; Yet ECB Overnight Deposits Again Hit Record High; Skyrocketing ECB Balance Sheet
NYT: European Union Gives Hungary an Ultimatum
Zerohedge: Wait... Wasn't the Greek Issue Solved Already? - Greece is in big trouble. I realize that 99% of commentators have completely missed this fact. After all throughout 2011 the mainstream financial media published stories claiming that the Greek Crisis was solved. However, the reality is that Greece remains in Crisis mode.
IrishPost: Rise in homeless children in Ireland seeking help
BusinessWeek: Europe’s $39 Trillion Pension Threat Grows as Economies Sputter - Even before the euro crisis, people were worried about Europe’s pension bomb. State-funded pension obligations in 19 of the European Union nations were about five times higher than their combined gross debt, according to a study commissioned by the European Central Bank.
Zerohedge: And Now "Coercive" Greek Default Seems Inevitable -Deal Failure Would Be "Catastrophic" Greece Warns
ExtinctionProtocol; Party’s over: France’s prestigious credit rating downgraded; others to follow - January 13, 2012 –FRANCE – Standard & Poor’s ratings agency has downgraded France’s credit rating...
Peak Oil and Energy News
Businessinsider: Shell Just Got The Air Permits It Needs For Exploratory Arctic Drilling
TheOilDrum: Ethanol Subsidy Ends; Will it Raise or Lower Prices at the Pump?
WSJ: Glut Hits Natural-Gas Prices
EnergyBulletin: The expert's report that damns the northern gateway pipeline
OilPrice: How the Sunflower can Revolutionise Solar Power Plants
Mineweb: Gold drops as other assets rise; heads for weekly gain
ExtinctionProtocol: Smoke erupts from crater of Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano - January 13, 2012 – COSTA RICA – The emanation of a gray cloud, possibly containing ash, at the Turrialba Volcano was confirmed Thursday..
ScientificAmerican: How to Buy Time in the Fight against Climate Change: Mobilize to Stop Soot and Methane
MotherNatureNewsNetwork: EPA releases map of top greenhouse gas emitters in U.S.
TechReview; Blog - How Likely Is a Runaway Greenhouse Effect on Earth?
ScientificAmerican: Jet Lag: What's Causing One of the Driest, Warmest Winters in History?
NatGeo: Worm-Eating Plant Found—Kills via Underground Leaves
DesdemonaDespair: Bowing to pressure, Beijing begins hourly smog data
MotherNatureNewsNetwork: We are losing quiet places - Human-created noise is slowly overwhelming nearly every part of the world. Is there any hope for the future of quiet places?
680News: Ontario Maple trees at risk of being wiped out
GlobeandMail: TransCanada steps up Keystone PR campaign - TransCanada Corp. TRP-T has stepped up its publicity campaign for the politically charged Keystone XL pipeline, releasing a detailed breakdown of where the $7-billion project would create 20,000 jobs in the United States, if approved. The project requires presidential approval but Keystone is a major challenge for the Obama administration in an election year because of opposition from environmental groups. TransCanada has argued for months that the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is vital to the United States because it will provide energy security and much-needed jobs. The Calgary-based company says Keystone XL would create 13,000 construction jobs and 7,000 manufacturing jobs. TransCanada says it has contracts with over 50 suppliers across the country, some of them in important political battlegrounds for this year's elections.
MontrealGazette: U.S. Republicans push to 'OK' Keystone pipeline
SeattleTimes: Researchers propose price on whaling - Three academics are proposing a market-based trading system for commercial whaling, a proposal that is drawing interest from the Obama administration and environmentalists.
Cryptogon: Haiti: Two Years After the Earthquake, Where Did the Money Go? - In other words, Fatton explained, “99 percent of [the US money spent] went back to the US military, the State Department, NGOs and contractors. The money was clearly intended for Haiti, but it ended up returning to the same place it came from.”
ExtinctionProtocol: Scientists find rift between New Mexico and Colorado geologically active and capable of generating quakes
America in Decline
NYDaily: Cop's second job is as a pimp, NYPD believes, and they want him out
Pew: Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor - The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness.
LasVegasReview: Occupants told to leave Las Vegas homeless encampment - Las Vegas police visited the encampment early Monday. Citing sanitation issues, they handed out fliers telling the scores of campers that they are trespassing and need to move along so the area can be cleaned later this week. Those who refuse can be cited or arrested, though police said later Monday they don't plan to do either.
TheNation: Why Is Congress Redlining Our Schools? - Redlining was the once-common practice in which banks would draw a red line on a map—often along a natural barrier like a highway or river—to designate neighborhoods where they would not invest. Today a new form of redlining is emerging. If passed, the long-awaited Senate bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) would build a bigger highway between low-performing schools serving high-need students—the so-called “bottom 5 percent”—and all other schools.
NaturalNews: Leaked documents reveal US diplomats actually work for Monsanto - Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world's food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government.
Food and Water
WashingtonPost: Americans are eating less and less meat
(Thanks to my friend Ellie for the following story)
NewsToday: Dhaka Bangladesh sinking - It is indeed alarming to know that Dhaka city is sinking over half an inch a year on average. This is being attributed to excessive extraction of groundwater and inadequate recharging of the vacuum it creates below the surface.
DailyStar: Groundwater loss puts city at risk
CityFarmer: Will Urban Gardens Wilt Post-Recession?
ETFDaily: Corn Is Now Too Precious For Ethanol Subsidies - And they said it couldn’t be done: a $20 billion a year tax credit for ethanol has ended in the United States. Sometimes the American political system does work, even when losing the subsidy directly hurts Iowa farmers in an election year
Science and Technology
TheNewYorker: The First Church of Pirate Bay
Psyorg: Quasicrystal is extraterrestrial in origin
PsyOrg: Russia says its spacecraft may crash into Atlantic
PopSci: New App Downlinks Mars Rover Images Straight to Your Smartphone
Time: Science is not known for drama, except when a researcher commits fraud
BBC: IBM researchers make 12-atom magnetic memory bit
ANN: First physical evidence of tobacco in a Mayan container discovered
Medical and Health
PsyOrg: Discovery in Africa gives insight for Australian Hendra virus outbreaks - A new study on African bats provides a vital clue for unravelling the mysteries in Australia's battle with the deadly Hendra virus.
LAT: India marks a year without recorded cases of polio
HuffingtonPost: Orgasm Research: Climax in an MRI Machine? Been There, Done That
Cryptogon: Radioactive Metal Tissue Box Holders Pulled from NY Stores
RawStory: Walgreen sued for overcharging for generics
DoctorTipster: Scientists Can Demonstrate Type 2 Diabetes Susceptibility By DNA Mapping
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
SouthWestGuideBooks: Backpacking Foods- Commercial Meals, Traveling Light, and Making Your Own Dehydrated Meals
CommonDreams: Are Drones Watching You? - Today, EFF filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking information on drone flights in the United States. The FAA is the sole entity within the federal government capable of authorizing domestic drone flights, and for too long now, it has failed to release specific and detailed information on who is authorized to fly drones within US borders.
CityFarmer: Huge variation in United Kingdom allotment rents
ModernSurvivalBlog: 2012, Be Ready Before End of Summer
New study shows women get punished for seeking raises - The notion that business women don’t ask for a salary increase or high positions more often then their male counterparts has been proven untrue, according to a report from the Catalyst institute. In fact, the study revealed that there was no major difference between the number of men and women who lobbied for a bump in pay or a higher job — the difference was that men were far more likely to be fully rewarded for their persistence. But while men who asked for raises or promotions were more likely to get them than men who didn’t, perversely women who asked for similar considerations were less likely to receive them than women who never spoke up.
LAT: Debunking myths about firebugs - In a new book, a veteran L.A. County sheriff's detective says most arsonists aren't archvillains with ingenious devices, but instead are often physically disabled and/or mentally disturbed, and on drugs
GreenEconomics: California's High Speed Rail Derails
USNews: Mort Zuckerman: Time for U.S. to Review Its Cuba Policy
MailOnline: Punished for not crying: Thousands of North Koreans face labour camps for not being upset enough about death of Kim Jong-il
USAToday: Priest with gambling habit facing prison
Bloomberg: Haley's Picking Romney Shocks Tea Party Disrupting Republicans
MSNBC: Guess who's raising money for Romney: Bigwigs from private equity
USNews: Palin to Romney: Show Proof Of Job Creation at Bain
Krugman: America Isn’t a Corporation, by Paul Krugman - . This is an idea that has been widely accepted. And it’s the main plank of Mitt Romney’s case that he should be president: In effect, he is asserting that what we need to fix our ailing economy is someone who has been successful in business. In so doing, he has, of course, invited close scrutiny of his business career.
NPR: The Nation: Paul Won't Be A Third Party Candidate
RawStory: Daily Show: Newt ‘condescending and d**kish’ to blacks, everyone
BusinessWeek: Comedian Colbert Exploring South Carolina Presidential Bid
TinfoilPalace: All shook up! Riddle of the massive sonic boom that the north east of England mistook for an earthquake
TinfoilPalace: Globalist's Rat Nest in Australia
TheOilAge: U.S Places Sanctions on China Energy Firm
TheOilAge: US resumes Pakistan drone attacks; possible coup looms
HubbertsArms: School Bus Subsidies Ending in California
HubbertsArms: The Mancave
SilentCountry: Must read security Blog-Slight Paranoia
SilentCountry: My Chip child ID program