Monday, January 30, 2012

Breaking News Monday Jan. 30, 2012

Thought for the day.

First, you make a system where people believe that the only thing that counts is money. Then, you refine the system to where the people that have the most money,  are the people who made the system where the only thing that counts is money.
The only way this works, is to make the average working person believe that if they toil long and  hard enough at their job, where they make someone else money, then they, will someday be one of the people that make the system where the only thing that counts is money.
It's a strange world we live in.

For the time being, I think we should have a section on the assault on the internet and our personal online privacy, so, I'm putting a new section down around the Science and Technology new section.

This from RJ, I wasn't sure where to put it exactly but, I think it's important.
Honest Appalachia - site for Appalachian whistleblowers

Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for the great links they sent in today! You guys rock!
Please remember to continue to support their blogs.

DesdemonaDespair: Now they tell us: Detection of high-level cesium-134 in Nagasaki City in April 2011
JapanTimes: Fallout from Fukushima No. 1 on rise
Reuters: Japan task force kept no records of nuclear crisis response
CNN: Japan's population faces dramatic decline
ENENews: Mainichi: Abnormalities in offspring of mammals to get particular attention in Fukushima study by gov’t — Shrinking brain capacity, drop in population seen in Chernobyl wildlife

Global Conflict
Zerohedge: Third Aircraft Carrier Group Coming To Iran CSMonitor: In Syria, heavy fighting reaches outskirts of capital
Bloomberg: IAEA Team in Iran for Talks as Lawmakers Draft Oil Bill
BBC: Afghan President Hamid Karzai 'plans talks with Taliban'
IBTimes: India Confronts U.S. and EU, Says Will Not Cut Iran Oil ImportsVOA: Syria Blames 'Terrorists' for Gas Pipeline Explosion
Reuters: Battles go on around Damascus
LegitGov: Pentagon Seeks Mightier Bomb vs. Iran
Reuters: Iran may impose long-term EU oil sales ban
CNN: CNN crew detained amid Chinese Tibet crackdown
NYT: Iraq Is Angered by U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies 
VOA: Taliban, US Negotiators Meet in Qatar 
RealityZone: 100,000 Pakistanis In Anti-Drone Protest
Reuters: Uninvited guest, Mr 99 Percent, crashes Davos - The most difficult guest to avoid bumping into at the World Economic Forum this year has no badge. He was not invited to the annual gathering in Davos, but he haunts the panels, hallway conversations and politicians' speeches. He is Mr. 99 Percent, the spectre of the unemployed and disenfranchised. 
ABCNews: Ukrainian Female Group Femen Protest Topless - (slide show) Topless Ukrainian protesters climbed a fence at the entrance to the congress center where the World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests against a range of issues including oppression of political opposition.
 (you go girls!)

CNN: U.N. to consider call for al-Assad to step down
Independent: Israel warns time is running out before it launches strike on Iran - Growing body of opinion suggests that Iranian response to an attack would be muted
CNN: Israeli drone crashes in ball of fire

MSNBC: Oakland police fire tear gas, flash grenades on Occupy protesters
USAToday: Oakland police arrest about 300 Occupy protesters 
CNN: Occupy Oakland demonstrations, arrests inject new life into movement
WashingtonPost: ccupy protests: January 2012 
Reuters: Arrests in Oakland protests rise to more than 400 
PlutocracyFiles: Hundreds Arrested at Occupy Oakland - videos 
Observer: Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Solidarity Sunday’: What Are ‘Black Bloc’ Protesters? 
EricaChenoweth: A skeptic’s guide to non-violent resistance
YouTube: Occupy DC -- Police tase innocent protester
MotherJones: Journalists—Myself Included—Swept Up in Mass Arrest at Occupy Oakland
MSNBC: Occupy DC faces 'noon' deadline to end camping

Hacker News
Reuters: UK police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff, raid offices

Domestic Financial News
CreditWritedowns: Chart of the Day: Permanent Zero and Personal Interest Income
MyBudget360: The university of financialization science and math graduates opt to go into the gambling fields of Wall Street banking instead of building productive jobs for society. Many non-tech majors choose lower paying fields while going into massive debt. Youth summer employment drops from 60 to 46 percent in last decade.
FT: Stressed? It’s the new normal
OutsideTheBeltway: The Truth About The So-Called “Buffett Rule”
CalculatedRisk: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 958 Institutions
AngryBear: Interview of Mr. John Reed regarding banking fixing the game - In case you are not aware, Bill Moyers is back and he doing his best work to date concentrating on our the changing of the rules regarding the economy. This episode where he interviews John Reed, former Citi Bank CEO and current MIT chair is most telling as it relates to the issue of why we as a nation need to do what is required by law: investigate and prosecute as the investigations dictate. First, let me just say, you need to watch the interview. What is most telling for me is the denial that still exists in Mr. Reed. Sure, he acknowledges that it all went wrong, but it is done in the temperance of “mistake”
WashingtonPost: Fannie and Freddie not to blame for bubble - There is plenty of blame to go around for the U.S. housing bubble, but not much of it belongs to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two giant housing-finance institutions made many mistakes over the decades, some of them real whoppers, but causing house prices to soar and then crater during the past decade weren’t among them.
DailyKos: The economic royalty can easily afford it
ETFDaily: Why This Market Has So Much Riding On The U.S. Dollar Right Now
Zerohedge: 3 Months After The MF Global Bankruptcy, We Find That $1.2 Billion (Or More) In Client Money Has "Vaporized"
BradDelong: Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve Is Doing It Wrong.
TheAtlantic: Where Did All the Workers Go? 60 Years of Economic Change in 1 Graph
BottomLine: Consumer spending fizzles as savings rise

Global Financial News
Zerohedge: As Europe Goes (Deep In Recession), So Does Half The World's Trade
WSJ: Greek Debt Deal, New Loan Agreement to Finish Next Week
NYT: Greek Debt Talks Again Seem to Be on the Verge of a Deal
Mish: Flip Flop, Flip Flop; Sarkozy Hell-Bent on Proving to the UK and the World that He Hasn't a Clue
AutomaticEarth: The Report That Will Blow Up The Eurozone
CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors bemoan unfinished Greek deal
WSJ: Forget Stocks---Chinese Turn Bullish on Booze and Caterpillar Fungus
NYT: Spanish Unemployment Rate Rises to 22.8 Percent - Spain’s unemployment rate reached 22.8 percent at the end of last year, leaving almost 5.3 million people out of work and providing further evidence that Mariano Rajoy’s new government is struggling with an economy that is sliding back into recession.
FinancialPost: Britain overhauls financial regulations
Krugman: The Austerity Debacle
NakedCapitalism: Satyajit Das: Top Secret – The Chinese Envoy’s Briefing Paper On Australia’s Economy (Part I) - Your Excellency, I am pleased to present the requested report on the economic outlook for the Great Southern Province of China, currently referred to by the local population as “Australia”. For convenience I will refer to the country by this older name. Deep dependence on our great nation means Australia’s future is inextricably linked to China.
IPEZone: 2012: Year of the Dragon, Year of the Renminbi! - A week ago today, the Chinese and their vast diaspora celebrated Chinese New Year. As it so happens, it also ushered in the Year of the Dragon. Famously the most auspicious of characters, this too may be the year that the PRC powers-that-be become serious about internationalizing the RMB with the long-term goal of reforming the international monetary system in mind.
Zerohedge: Davos Post Mortem - And like that, this year's Davos World Economic Forum has come and gone, having achieved nothing except allowing a bunch of representatives of the status quo to feel even more self-righteous and important in the world's biggest annual circle jerk, in which fawning journalists ask the questions their cue cards demand, knowing too well their jobs are on the line if they ask anything even remotely provocative (and with the price of admission in the tens of thousands of dollars, one wonders just how many Excel classes these "journalists" could have taken as an alternative, in order to actually do some original math-based research, yes, shocking concept, to present to their readers instead of merely regurgitating others' talking points).
GlobeAndMail: America’s still skeptical about central banking 
IndependentUK: Tourism gold? Olympics set to lose Britain billions
Reuters: EU leaders struggle to reconcile austerity, growth
Reuters: Merkel deflects pressure to boost euro bailout funds
BusinessWeek: Davos Tells EU to Fix Crisis for Good After Two Years of Failure
CNN: Zakaria: The end of an era for Japan

FiscalTimes: Europe Faces a Two-headed Monster of Debt and Oil
Zerohedge: This Is Europe's Scariest Chart

Peak Oil and Energy News
VOA: South Korean President Seeks Alternatives to Iranian Crude
BusinessInsider: The Nuclear Dream Is Fading, But The Hydrogen Dream Lives On
USAToday: Refinery closings could push gasoline prices back to $4
MSNBC: With oil pipeline to US on hold, Canada eyes China - Gingrich uses to attack Obama on environmental, geopolitical issue
CNBC: Release of Oil Reserves Not in the Cards Now: IEA
OilVoice: European gas chess
Kunstler: Jive Talkin 

Mineweb: Copper miner Capstone warns of higher costs, misses 2011 target
Mineweb: Gold steady as Greek crisis remains unresolved  
ETFDailyNews: $140 Silver, Figures Don’t Lie 
ETFDailyNews: Gold & Silver Bonds: Averting Financial Armageddon 

DeclineoftheEmpire: Jack Mackerel — Another Epic Fisheries Collapse
NewsDaily: Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration 
ExtinctionProtocol: Environmental Watch: Micro-plastic fibers from washing clothes showing up in marine environment
NewsDaily: Arctic ice melt lifts hopes for Russian maritime trade 
AccuWeather: Harshest Cold Spell in Years for Fairbanks, Alaska - Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, are enduring the harshest cold spell in more than a decade.
Temperatures early this morning at the Fairbanks International Airport plummeted to 51 below zero.
Fairbanks is known for its frigid winters, but temperatures typically only drop to 16 below zero this time of year. This morning's low is actually not far from the day's record low of 58 below zero from 1933.
BBC: Sea lions found shot on Puget Sound, US officials say
TruthOut: Gulf Reopens for Drilling as Obama Administration Accused of Low-Balling Effects of Spill 
ThinkProgress: Climatologist James Hansen on “Cowards in Our Democracies”
GetEnergySmartNow: Whacking 16 moles …
- A major challenge exists: it is far easier to dispense truthiness (and outright deceit)than it is to have to run after and rebut it.  When it comes to anti-science syndrome suffering climate deniers and delayers, the whack-a-mole campaign of dealing with deceit, deception, and diversion is a never-ending and utterly exhausting process.
ClimateChangePsychology: Future of human kind faces dire consequences due to dangerous climate change in the Arctic, say leading international scientists from the University of Western Australia  
Yahoo: US Dept. of Agriculture New Hardiness Zones Show Impact of Global Warming - Gardeners who have noticed some unusual goings-on in their yards had their suspicions confirmed this week when the US Dept. of Agriculture released its new map of plant hardiness zones. The map confirms what many gardeners have already figured out about global warming and the impact it is having on plants

CNN: State TV: 96 injured after earthquake hits coastal Peru
ExtinctionProtocol: USGS monitors Earth’s magnetic field to prepare citizens for magnetic storms

America in Decline
DailyBail: CRIMINALLY CORRUPT - Eric Holder, Top DOJ Lawyers Were Partners With Big Banks (Reuters Investigation)LegitGov: FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application
RawStory: Man held in solitary two years without trial cannot remember ordeal 
A New Mexico man, who expects to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the rest of his life, was awarded $22 million last week after he was tossed in solitary confinement for two years and never given a trial, but he remembers very little of the ordeal, Raw Story has learned.
In August of 2005, Stephen Slevin was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). He spent most of the next two years in the Dona Ana County Detention Center without his case ever going before a judge.
Slevin was rarely allowed to go outside, fungus grew underneath his skin and his toenails curled around his foot because they were so long. At one point, he even had to pull his own tooth.

Salon: Police roll out video surveillance truck called The Peacemaker
 "Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck.
From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?"
TruthOut: Military Sexual Abuse: A Greater Menace Than Combat - H. Patricia Hynes, Truthout: "'A woman who signs up to protect her country is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire,' stated former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in testimony before a July 2008 House panel investigating the military's handling of sexual assault reports. The Congresswoman added that her 'jaw dropped' when she learned from military doctors that four of ten women in a local veterans hospital had been raped by fellow soldiers."
USNews: FBI Wants to Monitor Social Media for 'Emerging Threats'
Alternet: DNA Database of Men Who Pay for Sex? The Strange Push to Make Cops Collect DNA from Suspected Johns -Law enforcement and conservative campaigners want to threaten men who buy sex with the possibility of being marked for life in a government database.
Bloomberg: New Yorkers Face “Downward Mobility” - About one third of New York City residents nearing retirement age won’t be able to quit or will have to rely entirely on Social Security because they have less than $10,000 in savings, according to a study released today.
8 industries China leads where the US used to  - Steel, cars, even beer, as nation closes in on America for GDP dominance
DeclineoftheEmpire: The Central Bank Versus The American People

Food and Water
WSJ: You Eat That?
LAT: Something's fishy in urban backyards - Baltimore-area aquaponic farmers raise seafood and vegetables in a quest for self-sustainability and better health.
DesdemonaDespair: Iraq water crisis could stir ethnic clash
CommonDreams: FDA Draws Criticism After U-Turn on Antibiotics in Animal Feed  - Environmental groups dismayed after agency drops long-held plan to regulate use of human antibiotics fed to healthy animals

Internet and Online Privacy News  
NakedCapitalism; Guest Post: ACTA: “Would Usurp Congressional Authority”, “Threatens Numerous Public Interests”, a “Backroom Special Interest Deal”, a “Masquerade” -  We just beat back SOPA and PIPA with the web blackout. Now everyone is talking about ACTA. But – because ACTA is complicated, and is just starting to receive coverage – most are not sure exactly what ACTA really is, or why we should be concerned about it. 
NYDaily: Megaupload data could be deleted by Thursday
MSNBC: How to easily circumvent Twitter's censorship
MSNBC: Twitter boycotted Saturday by some
ColumbusDispatch: Google ready to step up its snooping
WashingtonPost: Google privacy policy is subject of backlash 
USAToday: Moves afoot to limit tracking of Web users‎

Science and Technology
NewScientist: First quantum jiggles detected in solid object
Cryptogon: Navy, Air Force Fund Research Into Neurological Processes Involved with Individuals Compromising Personal Values
VirulentWordOfMouth: Invasion of the Internet Body snatchers - If you have been musing about the misguided policies in SOPA and PIPA that generated protests, what do you make of misguided international governance of the Internet? This article in Politico raises an interesting possibility, that the ITU will assert itself into Internet governance, ostensibly to coordinate security and taxation across countries. 
NewScientist: How Google's New Privacy Policy Could Affect You 
NewScientist: Spider-silk skin stops a speeding bullet
CosmicLog: Where in the cosmos? All over!

MSNBC: House mice serenade mates with 'bird' song  - Complex squeaks have variations in duration, frequency, research shows
PopSci: FYI: Will Listening to Mozart Really Make Me Smarter?
Wired: Testify: The Open-Science Movement Catches Fire 
Cryptogon: Portable DNA Sequencer Demonstrated at World Economic Forum
RawStory: ‘Embarrassingly simple’ hack could leave up to 100 million credit cards exposed

Medical and Health
ExtinctionProtocol: 29 reported dead in Swine Flu outbreak in Mexico
NYT: Ritalin Gone Wrong - THREE million children in this country take drugs for problems in focusing. Toward the end of last year, many of their parents were deeply alarmed because there was a shortage of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that they considered absolutely essential to their children’s functioning. But are these drugs really helping children?
NewScientist: Can't find your keys? Your brain's out of sync
CNN: Maker recalls 2,200 tubes of Aveeno baby lotionScientificAmerican: Fear-Resistance: How Worried Should We Be about "Totally Drug-Resistant" Tuberculosis? 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
PreppingToSurvive: Quote of the Week: Rogers on Spending
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. ~ Will Rogers
CanadianDoomer: Presto Weights and PartsCityFarmer: Ohio man’s comic books focus on urban farming
TrailBlazer: How to Build and Underground House 
ModernSurvivalBlog: Survival Food, Creature-Critter Soup  
PermacultureMag? Free permaculture eBook - The Farmers' Handbook Volume Five
CanadianDoomer: Some Thoughts on Food Storage
PreppingToSurvive: Breaking Ground on the Root Cellar - The large F-450 comes rumbling up the driveway with a trailer in tow; it carries the black and yellow Case backhoe that will unearth the root...
TransitionVoice: If you don’t like civilization, please don’t blame it on beer
Other News
CNN: Family convicted in Canada 'honor murders'
(Just wondering, where do Afghani immigrants get money for a Lexus?)

MSNBC: Afghan woman slain for giving birth to daughter - Husband, mother-in-law strangled mom of three girls, police allege LAT: Troopers: At least 10 dead in wrecks in Florida
ThisCan'tBeHappenig: 'People Power' Pries Abu-Jamal from Punitive Administrative Custody
LAT: Smuggled bucks bring down Texas deer breeders
MSNBC: Japan's population to drop by 1 million each year
Yahoo: Mom Allegedly Drags Son by Car for Missing School Bus
RawStory: Former Fox News host accused of rape  - he district attorney’s office in Manhattan is investigating allegations that the son of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly raped a woman last October.

Guardian: Secrets of the billionaire bankrolling Gingrich's shot at the White House
NakedCapitalism: Obama’s SOTU: GM is a Terrible Model for US Manufacturing - video - Perspective from a long-time UAW member, and member of Obama’s 98% (snort): Obama’s talking points on manufacturing really shouldn’t be given a free pass. 
Swampland: Out-Stumped and Out-Spent, Newt Gingrich Flounders in Florida
DailyCaller: Pat Buchanan: Reagan White House saw Newt as ‘something of a political opportunist’

TinfoilPalace: I Can't Believe We Haven't Been Discussing THIS: Mass Hysteria in NY Girls
TinfoilPalace: Ik in Science Daily
TheOilAge: TAE: a report which will blow up the Eurozone 
TheOilAge: Jesus only loves sports 
HubbertsArms: The One Bank to Rule Them All 
HubbertsArms: The Truth is in the Housing Sales Numbers, Not the Stock Market 
SilentCountry: Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration
SilentCountry: The Wars Come Home: Violent Sex Crimes Committed By Soldiers

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