Friday, January 27, 2012

Breaking News Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

Guess what???? It's Friday!! Yeah!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and that the weather is springtime warm and bizarre like a dimensional rift portal where you are too. HA!

Oh, check this out.
WBIR: Nashville airport video doesn't show 'irate' Sen. Rand Paul
just saying, but, I could be pretty pissed off and it wouldn't show up on a video.
Just because he's not having a "flaming bull fit" for the camera, doesn't mean he's not irate.
I'm not a fan or Rand Paul but I support ANYONE who challenges the crap going on at airports in the name of Nat. Security. It's a travesty and makes Americans looks like whiny cowards.

Oh, and this is a great read over at the eXiled! really funny stuff.
More Great Moments In Libertarian History: Ancient Sumerian Word For “Libertarian” Was “Deadbeat”, “Freeloader” (Updated!)
Y’all have probably heard of the ancient Sumerian peoples and their penchant for spooky burial rituals and books like the Necronomicon Ex Mortis, which was penned in human blood and has the ability to raise the dead. But did you know they also cared deeply about liberty, freemarkets and private property rights?
Or at least that’s what the Liberty Fund, a libertarian moneybag outfit that bankrolls all sorts of Koch-linked youth-oriented baggertarian propaganda projects, would have you believe. In what must go down as the mother of all cuneiform-malapropisms, the Liberty Fund appropriated a weird looking Sumerian cuneiform symbol as its cult-logo, in what appears to be an attempt to prove that libertarianism is not just an ideology thought up by a bunch of rank 20th century oligarchs, but rather comes from an ancient small government tradition older than even Jesus. It goes back back to the dawn of civilization itself! 
also, good news, BBC has fixed the Temp widget! hooray!

Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help today!
They are good friends and wonderful bloggers whose work we should continue to support.
also, check out the forums. I mean it. They rock! Links at the bottom of the blog post.

DesdemonaDespair: Video: What happened to Chernobyl children 7 years after the accident (from a Japanese TV program in 1993)
When it was someone else's problem (Chernobyl), Japan was telling the truth about the effect of radiation, particularly on children.

Global Conflict
BlacklistedNews: VIDEO: Military Helicopters Conduct Urban Warfare drill in Downtown Los Angeles
Zerohedge: Guest Post: Davos Shocked To Hear That Poor People Exist 
Reuters: US outrage as Egypt bars Americans from leaving
BlacklistedNews: America’s Bad Girlfriend: Mossad Agents Impersonate CIA To Foment Trouble In Iran
WashingtonPost: Son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood barred from leaving Egypt
Wired: Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget
USAToday: Panetta: US ground forces would shrink by 100000
ABCNews: Pentagon: Fewer Soldiers, More Drones Will Save Money
Time: Syria: Are Captured Iranians Military Men or Engineers? 
MSNBC: Activists report 'terrifying massacre' in Syria - 'It's racial cleansing ... They are killing people because of their sect,' one resident of Homs claims
MSNBC: Medical group refuses to treat Libya prisoners 'between torture sessions'
NYT: Israelis See Iran’s Threats of Retaliation as Bluff 
MSNBC: Russia police investigate democracy protest by toys - Russian authorities are investigating whether demonstrations in favor of "clean elections" by Lego figures, stuffed dolls and other toys in the Siberian city of Barnaul this month are legal, according to reports.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that the toy demonstrations occurred on Jan. 7 and 14 in response to Barnaul police dispersing two protests by people in December over the country's parliamentary election results.USNews: Pentagon Budget Ends Post-9/11 Era, Ushers in Pacific Era
LAT: Blast near funeral procession kills 32 in Baghdad
CommonDreams: Calamitous Night Raids Continue as Torch Passes to Afghan Army
US forces have begun training Afghan soldiers to take over the much contested 'night raids' in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been a continuous opponent of night raids as civilian causalities are more than common during such operations. In a period of 10 months in 2010/2011, night raids caused up to 1,500 civilian deaths.

Reuters: Iraq says to take legal action for Haditha victims
MSNBC: UN to world: Don't ignore Syria's dying children  - Reported killings of at least 35 people in the city of Homs on Thursday called 'terrifying massacre' by Syrian rights group in exile
CSMonitor: How Iran could thump superior US military  - Iranian navy could wreak havoc with mines, swarms of small boats
IBTimes: The Energy Report - On Iran's Terms - Get ready for a preemptive strike from Iran. No not in the Straits of Hormuz but a strike in a different sense of the word. Iran is looking to possibly cut off oil supply to Europe before Europe can prepare to make up for the lost oil. It going to be a long weekend as the Iranian parliament on Sunday is going to debate a plan to stop oil exports to counties that dare to even consider to not buy their oil.
Spiegel: Revenge for EU Sanctions  - Iran Set to Turn Off Oil Supply to Europe

BlacklistedNews: US to expand network of secret bases

Tennessean: Occupy Nashville camping on public land could be banned
BuzzFlash: Occupy Wall Street is Alive and Well: The 99% Are the New Political Narrative

Domestic Financial News
CreditWritedowns: It’s Timmy Time

CharlesHughSmith: Between Various Rocks and Various Hard Places
CalculatedRisk: Case Shiller House Price Forecasts: New Post-bubble lows Seasonally Adjusted - The Case Shiller house price indexes for November will be released next Tuesday. Here are a couple of forecasts: 
Zerohedge: Financials Have Worst Day Of Year As Fed Is Faded
BusinessInsider: The Fed Is Worried -- And You Should Be Too - The Fed is worried, and you should be too.  That is the major take-away from yesterday's FOMC statement, combined with its release of updated projections and Bernanke's press conference.
USNews: Federal Reserve Abandons Core Consumer Price Index - Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Federal Reserve's announcement yesterday of long term policy, the Fed statement was very clear that the relevant measure is the deflator for personal consumption expenditures, which is the broadest measure of prices in the economy. The Fed made a fundamental policy change in moving away from the concept of core Consumer Price Index which excludes food and energy, as its key inflation measure. Their exact words were,
The inflation rate over the longer run is primarily determined by monetary policy, and hence the Committee has the ability to specify a longer-run goal for inflation. The Committee judges that inflation at the rate of 2 percent, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures, is most consistent over the longer run with the Federal Reserve's statutory mandate targets.
MacroMarketMusings: The FOMC Confuses Me - The FOMC has spoken and here is what it said (my bold): To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with the dual mandate, the Committee expects to maintain a highly accommodative stance for monetary policy. In particular, the Committee decided today to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic conditions--including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued outlook for inflation over the medium run--are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through late 2014.Now what does this all mean?
DMarron: How Much Does the United States Really Owe? - America is deep in debt. But how deep? That question seems simple, yet analysts and pundits give answers that differ by trillions of dollars. Sometimes tens of trillions.
Bloomberg: Ford Falls Short of Estimates While Reporting Biggest Profit in 14 Years
CalculatedRisk: GDP Report expected to show 3% annualized growth 
AngryBear: SOCIAL SECURITY… How They Lie To Us -- The Wall Street Journal in the article Newtitlement State is unhappy with Newt Gingrich’s plan to privatize Social Security.
HuffingtonPost: Obama’s Financial Crimes Unit: Task Force’s Details Emerge - The new Financial Crimes Unit announced by President Barack Obama during Tuesday's State of the Union address will have the power to investigate mortgage fraud going back at least 10 years, according to senior officials at the Department of Justice.
CNBC: New Housing Task Force Will Zero In on Wall St 
ETFDaily: The Massive Debt Bomb: $7,600,000,000,000 Dollars Of Debt Must Be Rolled Over In 2012

CreditWritedowns: I repeat: The Fed’s Permanent Zero rate policy is toxic
WashingtonPost: US GDP grew at fastest pace in 1.5 years in fourth quarter 2011

Global Financial News
Zerohedge: Republicans Demand Block Of US IMF Funding To Bail Out Europe
TwentyCentParadigms: UK: Worse than the Depression?
FT: JP Morgan Admits It Weighed Euro Exit - Jamie Dimon, the straight-talking chief executive of JPMorgan, has admitted the bank considered pulling out of the eurozone’s most troubled periphery on economic grounds, but ultimately opted instead to stay for the long term.
Zerohedge: Juncker Breaks Away From Propaganda Pack, Says Euro Default Will Lead To Contagion
NYT: For Greece, the Outlook Is Still Grim
Delong: The British Economy Is Now Doing Worse than it Did in the Great Depression
NYT: At Euro Talks, a Calm Arm-Twister From the U.S.

Peak Oil and Energy News
DeclineoftheEmpire: Where Is U.S. Oil Production Going?
OilVoice: Australia oilfields shut down as cyclone Iggy strengthens
Star-Teleram: Boom in wind power may be headed for a bust
IBTimes: Will Iran Sanctions Impact Global Oil Market?
HuffingtonPost: Coal-Fired Power Plants Closing: FirstEnergy Shutting Down 6 Sites In Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland 

Read more here:

Zerohedge: Has Bernanke Become A Gold Bug's Best Friend?
ETFDailyNews: The Surprise Rally In Gold and Silver ETFs 
Mineweb: Can gold break the $2,000 mark this year? 
Zerohedge: Roubini's Bearish Forecast Is Bullish For Gold 
ETFDailyNews: Exposing Silver Mythology – Part II

DesdemonaDespair: ‘Monster’ rules Nepal village on frontline of global warming
 ExtinctionProtocol: Mysterious rumbling creates cloud of fear across Vancouver Island
PatriciaShannon: At least 14 billion-dollar weather disasters for the U.S. in 2011 -  The tally of billion-dollar weather disasters in the U.S. during the crazy weather year of 2011 has grown to fourteen, and may reach fifteen, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center announced last week. 

Hosted: No energy industry backing for the word 'fracking' 
LegitGov: Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup 
ExtinctionProtocol: Southern polar region status: 5.4 magnitude earthquakes shakes Scotia Sea
EarlyWarning: Another Terrifying Drought Paper - The conviction has been growing in me for quite some time that the really big deal about global warming is increasing frequency and severity of droughts. 

ExtinctionProtocol: Southern polar region status: 5.4 magnitude earthquakes shakes Scotia Sea - January 26, 2012 – 5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Scotia Sea near tip of Antarctica.
MSNBC: 'Elephant sashimi': Thai national symbol now poached for meat
ThinkProgress: Bill Gates Warns Climate Change Threatens Food Security, Finds It ‘Ironic’ People Oppose His ‘Solution’: Genetic Modification - Bill Gates is one very confused billionaire philanthropist. He understands global warming is a big problem — indeed, his 2012 Foundation Letter even frets about the  grave threat it poses to food security.  But he just doesn’t want to do very much now to stop it from happening.
(not as much money to be made in preventing it is there?)
2012 Aurora Borealis flicker gallery
RedditScience: Bacteria that resist nearly all antibiotics have been found in seawater off Antarctic research stations, probably arriving there through human sewage
Guardian: Meredith Alexander: Why I resigned over Bhopal | Comment is free

Grist: Study explains why it’s useless to argue with climate deniers - A study just out from the University of Kent inquires into the nature of conspiracy theorists, and comes out with this interesting or maybe obvious conclusion: It’s not that they really believe what they’re saying. It’s more that they don’t trust authority figures on the matter.DesdemonaDespair: Graph of the Day: Fertilizers and Ocean Dead Zones

America in Decline
DeclineoftheEmpire: What Would Joe Bageant Do?
I've spent most of this week watching American television and movies. I leave the TV on all night long. I toss and turn with my bad back, and bad lungs, catch a rerun episode of Two and a Half Men, or CSI, and conk out again. Then I awaken to the U.S. morning talk shows. It's a grueling regimen, only for the strong. Or the lonely. For periodic relief, I switch to Mexican television (be patient, I really am going somewhere with this). Mexican TV is not one iota better than US television, but is veeerrry heavy on the booty. More than heavy. Astronomical...
Ahhhh … Safely in the American national illusion, where all the world's a shopping expedition. Or a terrorist threat. No matter, as long as it is colorful and wiggles on the theater state's 400 million screens. Plug in and be lit up by the American Hologram.
BlacklistedNews: Six Million People Are Under Correctional Supervision in the U.S.—More Than Were in Stalin’s Gulags Candidates unloved in FL town hit by foreclosures
WSJ: Care for Aging Inmates Puts Strain on Prisons - Prison systems in the U.S. have an aging problem, one that has nothing to do with steel bars and cement walls.
BlacklistedNews: FBI seeking social media monitoring tool
CNN: Police accuse 2 teens of planning to bomb school - Police arrested two Utah high school students and accused them of planning to explode bombs during a school assembly then make their getaway in a plane, authorities said.
RawStory: Romney charity money went to ‘pray away the gay’ group
ThinkProgress: How Bank Of America May Be Buying Silence In Arizona's Mortgage Fraud Investigation
GlobeAndMail: The dark side of a lower U.S. jobless rate 
NYT: The True Cost of High School Dropouts — ONLY 21 states require students to attend high school until they graduate or turn 18. The proposal President Obama1 announced2 on Tuesday night in his State of the Union address3 — to make such attendance compulsory in every state — is a step in the right direction, but it would not go far enough to reduce a dropout rate that imposes a heavy cost on the entire economy, not just on those who fail to obtain a diploma. In 1970, the United States had the world’s highest rate of high school and college graduation.
(I don't much care for this idea. Not a bit.)

Food and Water
BlacklistedNews: WTF!@#$: Oklahoma lawmaker wants to ban fetuses in food
USFoodPolicy: Three views of ractopamine in pigs - Helena Bottemiller this week writes a thorough summary of the international trade controversies over U.S. exports of pork from pigs that have been treated with the growth promoter ractopamine hydrochloride. This animal drug is allowed under U.S. rules, but banned in many other countries, so U.S. trade negotiators have been pressing hard to get other countries to relent and allow small residues of the drug in imported pork.
PopSci: Building a Vertical Farm in an Old Chicago Meatpacking Plant

Science and Technology
ScientificAmerican: Primitive Attraction: Magnetized Moon Rock Points to Lunar Core's Active Past
NewScientist: The science of the golden spider-silk cape
HuffingtonPost: Mars Pictures: NASA Releases New Images From Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (PHOTOS)
PopSci: The New York Public Library Helps You Turn 100-Year-Old Photographs Into 3-D GIFs
ITWorld: Twitter can now block tweets in specific countries 
RedTape: What if a virus infected a virus? 'Frankenware' spotted by security firm
MSNBC: Bus-size asteroid to give Earth an extremely close shave - But it has little chance of menacing our planet on Friday, NASA scientists say
 CosmicLog: NASA mission piles on the planets

Medical and Health
Wired: Why Is Type 1 Diabetes Rising Worldwide?
ScientificAmerican: Children May Be Exposed to Higher Chemical Concentrations Than Their Mothers
DylanRatigan: Becoming a Healthier Nation: Ending “Fee for Service” Health Care
TodayHealth: Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette's-like tics 
TheChart: Home births on the rise in U.S.
MSNBC: Millions now manage aging parents' care from afar  - Logistics, communication difficult for 7 million Americans who are long-distance caregivers

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalBlog: Your Survival Books?
PreppingToSurvive: How to become Water Self Sufficiency for Survival Preparedness - The following article has been contributed by Lucas Patriotus, a special services veteran with years of survival training. 
TruthIsTreason: How to: DIY Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

Other News
SOTT: Talking about a dangerous cult! Canada: Quebec woman was 'cooked to death' at retreat, coroner says
Lavigne died in hospital after she and eight others in a personal-development seminar called Dying in Consciousness were covered with mud, wrapped in plastic, put under blankets and immobilized with their heads in cardboard boxes for about nine hours, under instructions to hyperventilate.

NYT: Atheist teen forces school to remove prayer from wall after 49 years - State Representative calls girl, who has been escorted by police to school, 'an evil little thing'
Hosted: Collapse at Cincinnati casino site hurts a dozen
LegitGov: CIA to pull officer from NYPD after internal probe
Bloomberg: UN Gets 35 Pounds of Cocaine Sent From Mexico - Two forged diplomatic pouches containing a total of 35 pounds (16 kilos) of cocaine were delivered last week to the UN headquarters building in New York, according to a UN official speaking on condition of anonymity. WSJ: Deadly Building Collapse Tests Rio
HuffingtonPost: Corruption Scandal Rocks Vatican, Whistle Blower Archbishop Vigano Was Transferred Against His Will
CNN: How will babies named Jesus save the economy? - For the last 20 years, what name is always in the top 100 most popular baby names given to boys in the United States? Jesus (pronounced hey-seus)
USAToday: Bob Dole blasts Newt Gingrich
RawStory: Stewart: Gingrich wants to leave earth ‘for a younger planet’ 
TheAtlantic: Why the GOP Presidential Candidates Are Wrong to Bash Foreign Aid
CBS: Gingrich, Romney at each other's throats over immigration
MSNBC: Secret Service to probe bullet-ridden Obama image 
Bloomberg: Dole Slams Gingrich as ’One-Man-Band’ Hurting Party 
USAToday: Gov. Jan Brewer releases letter she handed to Obama 
BusinessInsider: You Can Thank The Supreme Court For Newt Gingrich's Extended Campaign 
eXiled: Florida Small Businessman Tony Montana Endorses Newt Gingrich: “He Kill That Cockaroach Castro For Fun, Mang!”
CNN: Jeb Bush offers no endorsement, but a warning
MSNBC: NBC/WSJ poll: Majority would vote out every member of Congress
Guardian: Hillary Clinton says she is 'ready for a rest' after 20 years in politics - US secretary of state claims she does not intend to stay in government if Barack Obama wins second term
LAT: Aggressive Mitt Romney gets the best of Newt Gingrich in Florida debateWashingtonPost: Ron Paul signed off on racist newsletters in the 1990s, associates say

TinfoilPalace: Ishmael
TinfoilPalace: Mae Brussell articles
TheOilAge: How to Disappear in America 
TheOilAge: Dragon Family wants their Gold! 
HubbertsArms: New USDA Hardiness Zone Charts Released 
HubbertsArms: Michigan Being Hit with up to 56 Times Normal Radiation 
SilentCountry: No oil for Europe! 
SilentCountry: must listen.America foreign policy and empire decay.

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