Monday, January 16, 2012

Breaking News Mon. Jan. 16, 2012

This in from RJ yesterday.
A horrifying look at what's being done to children in the name of psychiatric care. Good God.

TruthOut: America's Mental Health Industry Is a Threat to Our Sanity -- The majority of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals “go along to get along” and maintain a status quo that includes drug company corruption, pseudoscientific research and a “standard of care” that is routinely damaging and occasionally kills young children. If that sounds hyperbolic, then you probably have not heard of Rebecca Riley, and how the highest levels of psychiatry described her treatment as “appropriate and within responsible professional standards.” When Rebecca Riley was 28 months old, based primarily on the complaints of her mother that she was “hyper” and had difficulty sleeping, psychiatrist Kayoko Kifuji, at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, diagnosed Rebecca with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Kifuji prescribed clonidine, a hypertensive drug with significant sedating properties, a drug Kifuji also prescribed to Rebecca’s older sister and brother. The goal of the Riley parents—obvious to many in their community and later to juries—was to attain psychiatric diagnoses for their children that would qualify them for disability payments and to sedate their children making them easy to manage. By the time Rebecca was three years old, again based mainly on parental complaints, Kifuji had given Rebecca an additional diagnosis of bipolar disorder and prescribed two additional heavily sedating drugs, the antipsychotic Seroquel and the anticonvulsant Depakote. At the age of four, Rebecca was dead.

Here's some great stuff from Canadian Doomer's blog!

Also, if you missed RJ's weekly wrap up of the financial news, do yourself a favor and go check it out. Always worth the trip!
and, last but certainly not least, our good friend the Ozarker had a wonderful post up this weekend. I highly recommend it. Here's a snippet!

There is a certain art to letting go.  It involves shedding illusions, questioning ideologies and resisting propaganda.  It involves self-honesty, a little humility and no small amount of courage.
Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help with articles today, please support their good work!

Global Conflict
I'm putting this story up here because it just sounds like it needs to be up here.
Alternet: Tanks, SWAT Teams, Surveillance Helicopters: Cities Already Turning Into Mini-Police States for the Political Conventions  - With millions in federal grants, local officials are preparing to crack down on dissent.
RealityZone; Chris Hedges: NDAA - Why I’m Suing Barack Obama
ExtinctionProtocol: Iraqi suicide bomber kills 53: will sectarian violence lead to a civil war?
A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman targeted Shiite pilgrims Saturday outside the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing at least 53 people and wounding 137, the Interior Ministry said.
SOTT: Iran: 'IAEA Inspectors Abetted Terrorists'
SFGate: U.S. troops quietly surge into Middle East
LAT: US, Israel postpone military exercise amid tension with Iran
Cryptogon: Russia Says NATO, Persian Gulf Nations Plan to Seek No-Fly Zone for Syria
BlacklistedNews: World Map of All Wars and Conflicts Happening In 2012
Zerohedge: The U.S. Government Funded the Iranian Terrorist Group Which “Found” The Documents Upon Which the Warmongers Are Relying 
Reuters: Six more killed in Syria despite Arab monitors 
ABC: Car Bomb Kills 8 in Northern Iraq
CreditWritedowns: The date when it was first obvious that Greece would default: a timeline of the Greek debt crisis 
ABCNews: Moody's Maintains French AAA Rating for Now
NYDaily: Iran warns oil states not to get involved   - Mohammad Ali Khatibi, Iran’s OPEC governor, was quoted Sunday by the pro-reform Shargh newspaper as saying that attempts by Gulf nations to replace Iran’s output with their own would make them an “accomplice in further events.”
“These acts will not be considered friendly,” Khatibi said.
CNN: Norwegian UN official kidnapped in Yemen
BusinessWeek: Romanian Protesters Clash With Riot Police; About 60 Injured
ABCNews: Iran Makes Arrests in Killing of Nuclear Scientist
CNN: Deaths, detentions mount in Syria, activists say
Time: Pakistani Prime Minister Faces Off with the Military - The civilian Prime Minister is feuding with the all-powerful generals and with the Supreme Court, and opposition politicians itching to join the melee
LegitGov: Spanish judge reopens Guantanamo torture probe
VancouverSun: Qatar emir suggests sending Arab troops to Syria
MSNBC: Pakistan Taliban leader reported dead in US strike
CommonDreams: Iran and the Terrorism Game

RawStory: Bill Moyers Essay: ‘Occupying a Cause’
NakedCapitalism: The Occupations in winter - Snow happens. So some Occupations are in hunker down mode right now  
WelcomeToPottersville2: The Occupy Movement LIVES!!!

Hacker News
BBC: Amazon-owned Zappos warns users after cyber-attack - Cyber-attackers have struck Zappos, the Amazon-owned fashion e-retailer.
The company has reset the passwords of 24 million customers and asked them to choose new ones.
It said names, email addresses and other personal information may have been exposed, but not full creditcard numbers.

Domestic Financial News
Kunstler: What Gives
BusinessInsider: INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Your iPhone Was Built, In Part, By 13 Year-Olds Working 16 Hours A Day For $75 A Week
CharlesHughSmith: Habituating to Contraction
Zerohedge: New CBO report – Lower (not increase) the early retirement age!  
CalculatedRisk: Unofficial Problem Bank List and Quarterly Transition Matrix - Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Jan 13, 2012. (table is sortable by assets, state, etc.) Minor changes were made to the Unofficial Problem Bank List this week.
CNBC: Fed to Weigh Further Easing Amid Doubts About Recovery
BlacklistedNews: Fire Hose of Your Tax Money Gushes to Libya
NakedCapitalism: Adam Davidson, the 1%’s Lord Haw-Haw, Fellates Wall Street
BusinessInsider: Wall Street Strategists Are Freaking Out About Low Volatility - NEW YORK (AP) — After wild price swings that left investors bewildered and not a cent richer last year, stocks are rising again
Wall Street Strategists Are Freaking Out About Low Volatility
WashingtonPost: How high oil prices could squelch the recovery

EconIntersect: Fed Statements Make More Treasury Purchases Less Likely
CreditWritedowns: Nervous Consolidation, Waiting for Other Shoe to Drop
NYT: Spend, Spend. It’s the American Way.
GlobeandMail: Analysts backpedal on outlook for U.S. banks 
Our good friend the Ozarker, highly recommends the following article.
BusinessInsider: The Rise Of Dark Inventory In Housing And Oil

Global Financial News
Mineweb: China's largest steel company 2011 profits dive 43%
Zerohedge: Tyler Durden and Paul Krugman agree! – The EU is toast!
Cryptogon: China’s Skyscraper Craze May Herald Economic Crash
NYT: As Reforms Flag in Greece, Europe Aims to Limit Damage - As Greece and its lenders prepare for another week of tense negotiations, European officials now say that the task is less to help the country through its troubles than to avoid the sort of uncontrolled default that many experts fear could threaten the global financial system
Economistsview: How's That Austerity Working?
CreditWritedowns: The Swiss Franc is the most overvalued currency in the world, and the Indian Rupee most undervalued
BusinessInsider: How Long Until People Raise The Alarm About Britain?
Telegraph: The world according to Goldman Sachs  - Ahead of the Davos summit, Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn talks to The Sunday Telegraph about the outlook for Europe, the US economy and whether 2012 holds any rays of hope.
Telegraph: S&P cuts ratings of nine eurozone coutries: reaction  - Standard & Poor's has cut the credit ratings of nine nations using the euro, including France, which loses its top AAA rating. Here is some reaction from the finance sector.
MSNBC: Apple audit shows some suppliers used child labor  - Breaches in pay, benefits and environmental practices also detected in China
CuriousCapitalist: What S&P’s Downgrades Mean for the Euro’s Future - Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s dropped another market-rattling bombshell on Friday when it downgraded the long-term rating of nine – yes, nine – euro zone countries.
BusinessInider: MERKEL TO GREECE: Painful Austerity First, Economic Growth Second -  German Chancellor Angela Merkel is insisting that structural reforms can help Greece return to economic growth following a painful austerity drive.
BusinessInsider: The British Prime Minister Decided Taxpayers Shouldn't Buy The Queen A $90 Million Yacht For Her 60th Anniversary

Peak Oil and Energy News
AlJazeera: Nigeria fuel talks fail to reach compromise
EnergyBulletin: Why biofuels are not a good idea  
BlacklistedNews: Iran War Hype Driving Up World Fuel Prices
EnergyBulletin: Shale gas - Jan 16 
AlArabiya: Saudi Arabia says it can raise oil production to fill any supply gap China begins Fracking  China’s biggest offshore energy producer, started drilling at its first shale-gas project in the country, joining rivals including China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (600028)in the search for unconventional natural gas.
Exploration started Dec. 29 in the eastern Anhui province, China National Offshore Oil Corp., Cnooc’s parent, said in a statement on its website yesterday. The shale-gas project is also the Hong Kong-listed unit’s first onshore venture, it said.
CalculatedRisk: Implications of Iranian oil embargo
- The most likely outcome of an embargo on oil purchased from Iran is that the countries participating in the embargo buy less oil from Iran while other countries not participating in the embargo [buy] more oil from Iran ...
IBTimes: Iran Isn't Storing Oil on Tankers in the Persian Gulf Due to Sanctions: Report

Mineweb: India's rich eye gold
Mineweb: Gold moving up again in all currencies

TheRepublic: Chevron: Offshore rig near Nigeria's oil-rich delta catches fire - LAGOS, Nigeria — Chevron Corp. says an offshore rig being run for its subsidiary near Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta has caught fire and officials are still trying to account for all the workers there.
ExtinctionProtocol: Large-scale seismic activity rising along planet’s southern pole
January 15, 2012 – ANTARTICA - A strong and shallow series of earthquakes have erupted near the remote South Shetland Islands region of Antarctica...

ExtinctionProtocol: 25 volcanoes in Indonesia now showing signs of abnormal activity
Wired: Underwater Noise Disturbs Whales 120 Miles Away
This video was sent in by my good friend Faith! Amazing stuff. Thanks Faithy!
DesdemonaDespair: Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’
SOTT: Antarctica - South Shetland Islands: Earthquake Magnitude 6.6 and 6.2 aftershock
CNN: Strong earthquake hits off Antarctica's coast - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of Antarctica, prompting a warning that there was a "small possibility" it could trigger a tsunami.
NYT: Once Hidden by Forest, Carvings in Land Attest to Amazon’s Lost World
DesdemonaDespair: Video: NASA says Canada ‘hot spot’ of ecological change
ThinkProgress: MIT Climate Scientist's Wife Threatened in a "Frenzy of Hate" and Cyberbullying Fomented by Deniers - Cyberbullying of climate scientists is on the rise, thanks to the hard-core deniers (see “UK Guardian slams Morano for cyber-bullying and for urging violence against climate scientists“).
DesdemonaDespair: Climate science denial seeps into U.S. science classrooms
TreeHugger: Bee Deaths Linked to Seed Insecticide Exposure 
CNN: Russian fuel tanker reaches Alaskan town bound by ice

America in Decline
BusinessInsider: STUDY: Americans Spend More On Gadgets Than Heating Their Homes
TruthOut: Is This Land Made for You and Me - or for the Super-Rich?
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: "'Is this land made for you and me?' A mighty good question. The biggest domestic story of our time is the collapse of the middle class, a sharp increase in the poor, and the huge transfer of wealth to the already rich."
SOTT: America's Dangerously Removed Elite
RawStory: Florida Senate pushes to privatize prisons in 18 counties - The Florida Senate Rules Committee has proposed a bill that would require the state’s Department of Corrections to privatize all prisons and other correctional facilities in 18 counties, according to the News Service of Florida. The state legislature passed nearly the same measure last year, but the law was ruled unconstitutional in court because it didn’t go through the committee process, violating the Florida Constitution. The second largest private prison company in the world, GEO Group, has donated $822,000 to political campaigns in Florida, according to the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in Politics. The company also spent $25,000 for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) inauguration party.“We’ve been saying all along that these proposed prison closures are about turning Florida’s prisons over to for-profit corporations,” Ken Wood, Acting President of Teamsters Local 2011, said. “This is payback to the powerful prison corporations that spend millions on lobbyists and political donations.”  

Food and Water
TheAwl: A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage - One of McDonald’s most divisive products, the McRib, made its return last week. For three decades, the sandwich has come in and out of existence, popping up in certain regional markets for short promotions, then retreating underground to its porky lair—only to be revived once again for reasons never made entirely clear. 

Science and Technology
NYT: White House Says It Opposes Parts of Two Antipiracy Bills
TechReview: e`Blog - Mathematicians Reveal Serial Killer's Pattern of Murder
KurzweilAI: Beyond texting: augmented-reality windshields — what could go wrong? 
ExtremeTech: The internet wins: SOPA has been shelved, but we must remain vigilant 
BetaBeat: NYC Startup Founder Says Schumer’s Office Told Her the Senator ‘Is In Favor of Censoring the Internet’ -  Message Party founder Amanda Peyton was in for a rude awakening this morning when she tried to do the right thing. Rather than taking the Internet’s word for it that the proposed Protect IP Act (PIPA) is inherently evil—”I know how myopic the tech world can be sometimes,” she notes—Ms. Peyton decided to go to the source:  Senator Chuck Schumer, co-sponsor of the bill. After protest from tech industry leaders and human rights groups, PIPA, in essence the Senate’s version of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is already being reconsidered by its author, Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT-D). Sen. Leahy is calling for more research. But as it stands, the legislation would subject a website that contains copyright infringing content to being de-indexed from search engines, blocked from ISPs, and stopped from doing accessing business services like PayPal. Enough backstory. On her blog, Ms. Peyton, narrated what happened when she called up good ole Chuck:
ANN: Rare tomb of woman found in Valley of Kings - In a rare find, Egyptian and Swiss archaeologists have unearthed a roughly 1,100 year-old tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings
BusinessInsider: 4 Scary Terms Of Service You'll Probably Click Anyway
MSNBC: Derelict Russian space probe crashes to Earth - Military spokesman reports Phobos-Grunt re-entry over Pacific Ocean
MSNBC: Look for a celestial triangle in the night sky
MSNBC: Cold winters tied to Arctic summers, study says

Medical and Health
Cryptogon: Children in New York Contract Mysterious Illness, Federal Government Preventing Disclosure of Disease
Gawker: CDC To Increase Tests on Monkey Meat 
SageJournals: The Epidemiology of Morningness/Eveningness: Influence of Age, Gender, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Factors in Adults (30-49 Years)
WGRZ: Update on Tourette-Like Illness in Leroy - LEROY, NY -- Administrators in the Leroy Central School District updated parents and students about a mysterious disorder that's affected twelve female high school students, causing them to exhibit symptoms similar to Tourette Syndrome.
MSNBC: India reports new strain of 'totally drug-resistant tuberculosis' - There is little hope for patients found to have virulent strain of lung disease, doctor says - Indian doctors have reported the country's first cases of "totally drug-resistant tuberculosis," a long-feared and virtually untreatable form of the killer lung disease.
BBC: London 2012: Mass gathering risks disease spreading - Mass gatherings, such as the London 2012 Olympics, can be a hotbed of diseases from across the world, public health experts have warned.
M&C: US worried about publication of details on bird flu super virus
BetterMedicine: Simple Steps to Keep Your Bones Strong 
PoliticalCalculations: Race, Poverty and Abortion - How are the number of annual abortions in the United States distributed by race? And how does that compare to the distribution of the potential child-bearing (Age 15-44) population of the United States by race? Or for that matter, how does that compare to the racial distribution of the poor in the United States, as measured by enrollment of the non-elderly in Medicaid? Our chart below provides the demographic snapshot of what we found in answering each question asked above, for the years spanning 2008 through 2010:

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: 20 Uses for Leftover Whey
ModernSurvival: Best Wood For Heating
ModernSurvival: Preserving Food in a Grid-Down Situation
CityFarmer: Urban farming, and lots of it, in Cleveland: editorial
Lifeway: Farmer Cheese Lasagna Recipe

Other News
Hosted: Cruise tragedy conjures memories of doomed Titanic
NYT: The Rise of the New Groupthink
- SOLITUDE is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in.
But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.
Independent: How did a giant diamond stolen in a daring London raid end up in a Hong Kong pawnshop?
McClatchy: Man’s homemade canon explodes, killing him, as sons watch 
LAT: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou reelected, vows closer China ties
CNN: Man suspected in Virginia butt slashings arrested in Peru
ANN: Mexico expecting millions to visit for 2012 solstice
Reuters: Iran cracks down on moral peril of Barbie peddlers   - Iran's morality police are cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls to protect the public from what they see as pernicious western culture eroding Islamic values, shopkeepers said on Monday.
RawStory: AP becomes first Western news bureau in North Korea

Rick Santorum: A Straight Dad In Prison Is Better Than Two Gay Dads Who Aren’tRick Santorum: A Straight Dad In Prison Is Better Than Two Gay Dads Who Aren’tRick Santorum: A Straight Dad In Prison Is Better Than Two Gay Dads Who Aren’tRick Santorum: A Straight Dad In Prison Is Better Than Two Gay Dads Who Aren’t
BusinessInsider: Rupert Murdoch Is Ripping Google, Supporting SOPA On Twitter (GOOG, NWS)
WashingtonPost: Santorum charity for the poor spent most of its money on “management,” cronies 
McClatchy: Romney’s Bain made millions as S.C. steelmaker went bankrupt
Hosted: Perry: Marines in video are 'kids,' not criminals 
Hosted: Campaign officials: Huntsman to quit GOP race 
SOTT: Mitt Romney: Alien or Psychopath? 
Yahoonews: Perry defends Marines accused of urinating on corpses
(of course he defends them, he's not too bright.  Poor, sad, pitiful little man.) 

TinfoilPalace: The Internet is Boring me to Death
TinfoilPalace: Did Gingrich Give a Coded Message About Armageddon? (GLP)
TheOilAge: Photographs Of Abandoned America Show Civic Problems 
TheOilAge: An Example of the Near Complete Avoidance of Peak Oil 
HubbertsArms: Thanks for Your Service, Guardsmen, Now Give Us Back That Tuition Assistance 
HubbertsArms: Markets face fallout from eurozone division 
SilentCountry: Mystery Disease in N.Y.
SilentCountry: Guy McPherson at Nature Bats Last: Upcoming presentations

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