Monday, January 9, 2012

Breaking News Mon. Jan 9, 2012

First, I want to say Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter!!
Everyone should be so lucky to have such a smart and wonderful daughter like you. I love you dearly! Have a good day and enjoy yourself.(but not too much! hehehe)  Love mom

I found this is up at the Exiled. I think you'll find a lot in this article to think about.

Thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their endless support and help finding links for us. I hope you had time to visit RJ's blog for his weekly wrap up and if you missed the Ozarker's Saturday post, “On a Phone Internet Out” , go now and read it! LOL Great work guys!
And as always, don't forget to check out the forums linked at the bottom of the post. 

BusinessWeek: Six Months Later, the Tsunami’s Impact on Japanese Life

EnergyBulletin: As Fukushima cleanup begins, long-term impacts are weighed 

Global Conflict
Reuters: Iran sentences American to die for spying
BlacklistedNews: Iran sentences 'CIA agent' to death - Iran says that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former US marine, received special training and served at US military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.
Reuters: Exclusive: West readies oil plan in case of Iran crisis - Western powers this week readied a contingency plan to tap a record volume from emergency stockpiles to replace nearly all the Gulf oil that would be lost if Iran blocks the Strait of Hormuz, industry sources and diplomats told Reuters.

BusinessInsider: A Polish Military Prosecutor Shot Himself In The Head Immediately After Giving A News Conference
Zerohedge: Art Cashin Explains What Is Really Happening In Iran
NationofChange: War of Words Calculated to Avoid Actual Conflict
Zerohedge: American, British, Israeli and Iranian Warships Sailing Towards Confrontation
Fox: Panetta: Iran Has Not Yet Decided to Make a Nuclear Bomb 
Time: Report: Iran Begins New Uranium Site 
DailyMail: We would use force to keep Gulf open: Hammond warns Iran not to block key oil route -Defence Secretary warned Tehran that UK will not tolerate the 'very significant consequences' of a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz
TruthOut: Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO
Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: "A November 2010 article at Ice News reported how a memo released by WikiLeaks described an inquiry by 'a Danish Defence Ministry official' regarding 'what happened at the American Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq after media reports of torture and abuse in 2003.' Subsequently, 'Danish soldiers continued to hand over prisoners to the facility, however, even after the torture was officially confirmed several months later."
CBSNews: What worries US military leaders the most?
NYT: Israel Charges 5 Settlers in Clash at Army Base
DailyBeast: Reinvade Iraq?
LegitGov: US army testing cargo drone in Afghanistan
MiamiHerald: Venezuelan consul in Miami ordered to leave US by Tuesday for discussing cyber-attacks - The Obama administration on Sunday expelled Venezuela's consul general in Miami after allegations surfaced that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country's embassy in Mexico.
The State Department said it declared the diplomat, Livia Acosta Noguera, persona non grata and had given her until Tuesday to leave the country.
RawStory: Leaked memo suggests India sought backdoor access from mobile device firms to spy on U.S.
RawStory: Will Obama face blowback for not closing Gitmo? 
CollapseNet: Report: Russian naval force arrives at Syria port in 'show of solidarity'
CNN: Syrians mourn protesters amid tension - Tens of thousands turned out Monday for funerals in the Syrian capital of Damascus, holding up pictures and lining the streets in tearful processions.
AlJazeera: Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq
GlobalResearch: The IMF and US African Command (AFRICOM) Join Hands in the Plunder of the African Continent: On a recent trip to West Africa, the newly appointed managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde ordered the governments of Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana and Chad to relinquish vital fuel subsidies. Much to the dismay of the population of these nations, the prices of fuel and transport have near tripled over night without notice, causing widespread violence on the streets of the Nigerian capital of Abuja and its economic center, Lagos. Much like the IMF induced riots in Indonesia during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, public discontent in Nigeria is channelled towards an incompetent and self-serving domestic elite, compliant to the interests of fraudulent foreign institutions. 
Politico: McCain: 'Iraq is unraveling'
GlobeandMail: The risk of civil war in Iraq
CNN: Lawyers demand death sentence for Mubarak
NYT: Karzai’s Ultimatum Complicates U.S. Exit Strategy
VancouvderSun: Iraq police say sorry for Saddam-era
NPR: 25-Year-Old Man Arrested In US Bomb Plot

Read more here:
AlterNet: 7 Places the 99% Will Fight Back Hard in 2012
TransitionVoice: Twitter will set you free to Occupy

Hacker News
PhysOrg: Indian hacker lords have Symantec antivirus code - An Indian hacker group called The Lords of Dharmaraja has laid claim to Symantec’s antivirus software code.
LegitGov: Israel treating hackers like terrorists
YNetNews: Deputy FM threatens 'forceful response' to cyber attacks - Ayalon hints at aggressive Israeli reaction to online leak of credit card numbers belonging to thousands of Israelis. 'US announced that any attack on its cybernetic space would be considered a declaration of war,' he tells cultural forum

Domestic Financial News
BusinessInsider: America's Secret Demographic Trump Card
PsyOrg: NPD: US holiday electronics sales drop 5.9 percent  U.S. sales of consumer electronics fell 5.9 percent this past holiday season, as smartphones cannibalize sales of standalone gadgets like cameras, camcorders and GPS navigation devices.
NYT: Here Come the Jobs! (But How's the Pay?)
TheNation: This Week in Poverty: TANF Is Broken

AtlanticWire: Bank of America Plaza Faces Foreclosure
TruthOut: Indiana Workers Fight Back Against Assault on Unions and the ALEC Agenda
Lisa Graves, PR Watch: "Thousands of Indiana workers rallied outside, and inside, their state capitol on Wednesday to speak out against Governor Mitch Daniels' renewed effort to force through so-called 'right to work' legislation designed to undermine labor unions and workers' rights protected by collective bargaining."
EconIntersect: Secret Reason for Strong December Economy and Employment
Bloomberg: How Wall Street Turned a Crisis Into a Cartel - Almost 65 years ago, in 1947, the U.S. government sued 17 leading Wall Street investment banks, charging them with effectively colluding in violation of antitrust laws. In its complaint -- which was front-page news at the time - -- the Justice Department alleged that these firms had created “an integrated, overall conspiracy and combination” starting in 1915 “and in continuous operation thereafter, by which” they developed a system “to eliminate competition and monopolize ‘the cream of the business’ of investment banking.”
VanityFair: On Eve of $41 Billion MF Global Bankruptcy Filing, Jon Corzine Was Château Shopping in France  
BusinessInsider: Mergers And Acquisitions Are Becoming Signs Of Desperation, Not Health
Bloomberg: Obama’s Consumer Financial-Protection Trump Card: Simon Johnson - The biggest news for the Republican presidential-nomination race last week wasn’t the outcome of the Iowa caucuses but the recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
TheOnion: All Of Area Man’s Hard Work Finally Pays Off For Employer (good stuff! thanks RJ)
EconomicData: Men at Work - EconomPic - The NY Post details:  Since the US economic recovery started in mid-2009, a whopping 97 percent of the new jobs — all but 43,000 of 1.4 million positions created — have gone to the guys, according to data released yesterday by the National Women’s Law Center, which analyzed jobs data between June 2009 and December 2011. By my calculation, using figures from the BLS, the numbers are even more striking. Since June 2009, women have lost ~750 thousand jobs while men have gained ~1.5 million. Since the bottom in BLS data (December 2009), men have gained 93% of all new jobs (2.62 million of the 2.82 million). It is important to note that men have simply regained employment they had lost, as the recovery still puts job losses by men above women since the beginning of the recession.
Mish: Fed to Announce Monetary Penalties for Robo-Signing and Unsafe Practices ; Another Whitewashing Move by the SEC
Economix: Video: Private Sector Gets Job Skills; Public Gets Bill - When companies are deciding where to build new facilities or whether to expand in places where they already have factories or offices, states compete to shower them with incentives like tax breaks and help buying land. Increasingly, companies have come to expect that state and local governments will pay for job training, too.
CNBC: Government Set to Sell Foreclosures in Bulk

TheAtlantic: What the Great Recession Wrought: The State of the U.S. in 3 Years of Polls
CNN: Poor, but feeding the rich - Once middle-class, Andono and Alan Bryant of Atlanta now live below the poverty line. Alan feeds the rich as a line cook at Ruth's Chris Steak House making $11 an hour. Andono is a nursing student at Atlanta Technical College. Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the nation, ahead of New Orleans, Washington and Miami, according to the Census Bureau. Atlanta is plagued by near 10% unemployment, yet it's also home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
BlacklistedNews: Exposing Monsanto’s Financial Interest in Government

Global Financial News
BusinessInsider: An Alarming Development In China That Everyone Has Missed
NYT: Germany Resists Europe's Pleas to Spend More 
Bloomberg: Merkel, Sarkozy to Move Forward on Euro Rescue Master PlanBlacklistedNews: Iran, Russia Replace Dollar with National Currencies in Trade Exchanges
BBC: Rolls-Royce car sales hit new record - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reported a 31% rise in sales during 2011 to 3,538 cars.
The growth rate was weaker than that seen last year, when sales rose 150%.
Guardian: Angela Merkel has the whip hand in an orgy of austerity
WSJ: An Exit Strategy From the EuroUntil recently, the euro seemed destined to encompass all of Europe. No longer. None of the remaining outsider European countries seems likely to embrace the common currency.
Reuters: Europe may avoid recession this year, IMF says
FT: Current woes call for smart reinvention not destruction - It would have been almost unimaginable five years ago that the Financial Times would convene a series of articles on “Capitalism in Crisis”. That it has done so is a reflection both of sour public opinion and distressing results on the ground in much of the industrial world.
Here's a really screwed up article from RJ. What the hell???
Telegraph: 'If you don't take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits' -  A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year. Prostitution was legalised in Germany just over two years ago and brothel owners – who must pay tax and employee health insurance – were granted access to official databases of jobseekers. The waitress, an unemployed information technology professional, had said that she was willing to work in a bar at night and had worked in a cafe. She received a letter from the job centre telling her that an employer was interested in her "profile'' and that she should ring them. Only on doing so did the woman, who has not been identified for legal reasons, realise that she was calling a brothel. Under Germany's welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit. Last month German unemployment rose for the 11th consecutive month to 4.5 million, taking the number out of work to its highest since reunification in 1990.
CNNMoneyWatch: Europe's debt crisis: 'No clear end in sight'
Bloomberg: Europe Economic Confidence, German Factory Orders Fall: Economy

Peak oil and Energy News
EnergyBulletin: Oil and geopolitics - Jan 8
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk - Oil Production from the North Caucasus
Bloomberg: Qatar Agrees to Supply Japan With ‘Oil It Needs,’ Gemba Says DeSmogBlog: Congressmembers Implicated in Insider Stock Trading on TransCanada, Keystone XL Pipeline
Bloomberg: Shale Bubble Inflates on Near-Record Prices for Untested Fields
Reuters: TABLE-China's oil and gas output by field in 2011 
BeforeItsNews: India To Pay For Iran Crude In Rupees, Iran, Russia Replace Dollar With National Currencies
From a pressTV article so as always with any news, consider the source.

ScrewtapeFiles: Is someone paying Zero Hedge to post propaganda?
David Morgan on the Keiser Report

Mineweb: Forecasts for gold still very positive for 2012, but volatility seen too
BlacklistedNews: 8 tr. in Gold vs. 750 tr. in derivatives

Environmental News
SOTT: Santa Cruz Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.6
LegitGov: Outbreak of endangered seal killings in Hawaii
ExtinctionProtocol: Global economy would collapse in 7 days if a major disaster struck the planet
PsyOrg: Global warming caused by greenhouse gases delays natural patterns of glaciation - Unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere are disrupting normal patterns of glaciation, according to a study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher and published online Jan. 8 in Nature Geoscience.
SOTT: Mass herring death a mystery in Norway
MSNBC: Alaska town buried in snow gets shovel help from troops  - Cordova residents should get brief break but more snow, rain expected Tuesday
IBTimes: Global Discontent With the Carbon Tax Grows
ExtinctionProtocol: New study suggests mercury from firestorm of volcanic eruptions caused past extinction
WorldwideMeteorNews: 6JAN12 Japan Fireball - 3 Camera Angles
DesdemonaDespair: Ship grounded off the coast of New Zealand splits in two 
BorneoPost: Seven Indonesian volcanoes in Level III alert status 
MotherJones: No Maple Syrup by 2100? - Martha Carlson, Sandwich N.H. James West A few years ago, Martha Carlson, a veteran maple farmer, began noticing subtle changes in her 60-acre "sugar bush" in Sandwich, New Hampshire:(thanks to Doug at ThreeEs for this story, check out his great site today if you can, you'll be glad you did.)
PsyOrg: Ohio quakes probably triggered by waste disposal well, say seismologists
BBC: Carbon emissions 'will defer Ice Age'
MSNBC: Locals call BP's feel-good Gulf ads 'propaganda' - Advertising blitz touts recovery of tourism, fishing industries after massive spill

America in Decline
The article below is from our good friend and fellow blogger the Ozarker! Great story Ozarker! thank you! 
Gizmodo: There Are 5,000 Janitors in the U.S. with PhDs - There are 18,000 parking lot attendants in the U.S. with college degrees. There are 5,000 janitors in the U.S. with PhDs. In all, some 17 million college-educated Americans have jobs that don't require their level of education. Why? 
BlacklistedNews: Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television
Kunstler: This Ripe Moment
CrooksandLiars: Gingrich Declares Gay Rights Questions Are 'Anti-Christian Bigotry'
LAT: Blacks in New Orleans cry foul over French Quarter curfew - The City Council says stricter rules are meant to protect kids, but critics accuse members of wanting to keep low-income blacks out of sight of tourists.
ReadWriteWeb: WikiLeaks Proves U.S. Forced Spain to Adopt SOPA-Style Law 
NYT: Thieves Seek Restaurants’ Used Fryer Oil
For years, restaurants had to pay companies to haul away the old grease, which was used mostly in animal feed. Some gave it away to local gearheads, who used it to make biodiesel for their converted car engines.
But with a demand for biofuel rising, fryer oil now trades on a booming commodities market, commanding around 40 cents per pound, about four times what it sold for 10 years ago. That makes it a tempting target for thieves, especially in hard times.
DeclineoftheEmpire: Ignorance Is Bliss - You can't make this stuff up.
WASHINGTON—The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
And the more urgent the issue, the more people want to remain unaware, according to a paper published online in APA’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology®.(for all those in the community working for years to inform others of the dangers ahead, I'm sure this study comes as no surprise.) 
BusinessInsider: Here's A Look At America's Achievement Gap In Education
TruthOut: Universities Gone Wild: Big Money, Big Sports and Scandalous Abuse at Penn State
Henry A. Giroux and Susan Searls Giroux, Truthout: "Much media attention has been drawn to the fact that Penn State pulls in tens of millions of dollars in football revenue, but nothing has been said of the fact that it also receives millions from Defense Department contracts and grants, ranking sixth among universities and colleges receiving funds for military research."
NewsOK: Obama launches Bureau of Counterterrorism -The bureau will focus on foreign terrorists, but their activities have some bearing on domestic security.
BlacklistedNews: Supreme Court to Decide on Warrantless Drug-sniffing Dogs
NYT: America’s Unlevel Field - Americans are much more likely than citizens of other nations to believe that they live in a meritocracy. But this self-image is a fantasy: as a report in The Times last week pointed out, America actually stands out as the advanced country in which it matters most who your parents were, the country in which those born on one of society’s lower rungs have the least chance of climbing to the top or even to the middle. And if you ask why America is more class-bound in practice than the rest of the Western world, a large part of the reason is that our government falls down on the job of creating equal opportunity.
Alternet: Hip-Hop Diplomacy? How the State Department Uses Rap to Spread Propaganda Abroad 
NYT: The Art of Bargaining, So Lost Upon Washington - Almost everyone agrees about one thing these days: Congress is malfunctioning.

Food and Water
BigPictureAgriculture: Virginia Food Documentary: The Truth on the Table
The Truth on the Table series by Alpha Vision Films.
GMWatch: Stop all GM research in the public sector  - Coalition for a GM-Free India demands immediate stopping of all public sector transgenic research and an independent enquiry and action against fraudulent scientists.
AtlanticWire: Pepsi Says Mountain Dew Can Dissolve Mouse Carcasses - Pepsi Co., facing a lawsuit from a man who claims to have found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can, has an especially creative, if disgusting, defense: their soda would have dissolved a dead mouse before the man could have found it.
ChrisMartenson: A Punch to the Mouth: Food Price Volatility Hits the World
Science and Technology
BlacklistedNews: Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments
PopSci: FYI: Why Do Libraries Have That Smell?
NewScientist: "When you crumple up your gift-wrapping paper this year, you'll create a shape so complex that it has defeated the most sophisticated computers"
BBC: Alien hunters: Searching for life
Wired: Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us
Prof Stephen Hawking too unwell to deliver own 70th birthday speech  - It was meant to be an opportunity for the world's most famous living scientist to reflect on a remarkable career in front of an audience of friends and peers.
GadgetBox: Lenovo to make 55-inch, Android 4.0 TV
CNN: With Congress on break, SOPA fight continues
MSNBCPhotoBlog: Meteor quest turns up treasures
CosmicLog: Skipper chosen for starship effort
TechReview: A Smart Phone that Knows You're Angry - New system detects emotions based on variables ranging from typing speeds to the weather. 
Zerohedge: Job Creators, Internet Architects and Security Experts Hate SOPA
PopSci: Video: A Nanotech Treatment For Your Phone Lets It Survive Dunking In Water

Medical and Health
M&C: Belgian doctors carry out Europe's third face transplant
ActivistPost: Antidepressants Cause Your Arteries to Thicken 400% More Than Aging
M&C: Measles parties are a hazardous route to immunity
TimesofIndia: Odisha alerts officials after test confirms bird flu
WSJ: Hong Kong Urges Bird-Flu Vigilance
MSNBC: ‎Only 1 in 7 hospital errors reported, study finds
Vitals: Donating your body to science? Nobody wants a chubby corpse 
CNN: Study: High-fat foods cause brain scarring
CNN: Novartis issues voluntary recall because of broken, mislabeled pills
ScientificAmerican: Shelf-Preservation: Researchers Tap Century-Old Brain Tissue for Clues to Mental Illness
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: Rustic Barley Bread
BigPictureAgriculture: Noodling for Catfish in Mississippi
CityFarmer: Urban Agriculture Rezoning in Boston
ModernSurvival: Conflicting Family Survival Preparedness Views
PreparednessPro: National Geographic Announces The Date of Their Premiere Season for “Doomsday Preppers”

Other News
CNN: Dozens of soldiers on lockdown over missing military equipment - Nearly 100 soldiers are confined to a Washington state base following a report of missing sensitive military equipment, including scopes and night lasers, a spokesman said Sunday.
Cryptogon: McDonald’s Restaurants in Australia Will Spray Synthetic DNA on Robbers
BusinessWeek: Three Million Throng Manila Festival Defying Aquino Warning - Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- About three million people thronged an annual Roman Catholic procession in the Philippine capital, brushing aside a request from President Benigno Aquino to stay at home amid warnings of a possible terrorist attack.
The feast of the Black Nazarene draws one of the biggest crowds among festivities held in Manila and 161 devotees were treated for injuries and high blood pressure as the crowd pushed forward to touch the revered sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying a cross, the Philippine Red Cross said on its website.
CNN: Medic charged in sex assault inside ambulance 
Time: Janitor Discovers Fortune in Rare Coins in German Library
BlalcklistedNews: Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
Slate: Embedded with the reenactors  - As thousands of reenactors stage a battle from the French & Indian War, an important question comes to mind -- why? 
BoingBoing: Social graph analysis reveals criminal conspiracy of slumlords - OrgNet, a data-mining consultancy, describes how it mined the social graph of the interlocking, every changing owners of several slum-buildings to show that they were all in a criminal conspiracy to avoid having to do the legally required maintenance necessary to keeping their buildings habitable and safe. 
LegitGov: BA passenger jet makes emergency landing after both pilots 'almost pass out' at the controls
BeforeItsNews: Picture Of Giant Rat Allegedly Found In Bronx, New York Foot Locker Goes Viral
 I hate that every time you hear about something like this, some giant animal, it's always a picture of them dead.
SOTT: US: Pro-Settler Santorum Claims Mexico and the West Bank
Zerohedge: Is Ron Paul 2012's Black Swan?
CBS: Gingrich to Romney: Drop the "pious baloney" 
MSNBC: Santorum health care claim: False 
DailyBeast: I Miss Herman Cain 
Fox: Former Gingrich Spokesman, Conservative Author Tony Blankley Dies 
TruthOut: Time to Stop Being Cynical About Corporate Money in Politics and Start Being Angry
NBCPolitics: GOP candidates wade into food stamp debate 

The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Monsanto Now Owns Blackwater (Xe)
TinfoilPalace: This is the answer...WARNING VERY SCARY
TheOilAge: Outbreak Strikes CONUS: New H3N2v Variant Possible Weaponize 
TheOilAge: The End of U.S. Hegemony and Imperialism 
HubbertsArms: Chinese build 30 story building in 2 weeks (video) 
HubbertsArms: Occupy Austin Guerrilla Gardeners 
SilentCountry: Abandon efforts to save certain endangered species
SilentCountry: Hey, Senator Inhofe, It Was 67 Degrees Fahrenheit in DC

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