Thursday, January 5, 2012

Breaking News Thurs. Jan. 5, 2011

Here's a great video forwarded to us by RJ. It's from the Reality Zone!
I get kind of fired up listening to him, don't you?

Thanks to RJ  at Global Glass Onion and  the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer,  for their contributions and help. RJ sent some extra good PO articles and Ozarker is always watching the Medical and Health news for us. Among other things of course. LOL  Be sure to visit their blogs and continue to support their work.
And hey,  don't forget the forums linked at the bottom of this post. hehehe

Also, check out ThreeEs News as well. You can sign up for email notification and get really good collection of important news stories. I check it daily! :D
You'll also find them linked in the sidebar on the right.

Hey, I'm wondering if the blog might need a new section or two. Maybe one for China, or world news. News that's not necessarily global conflict or financial in nature. We have the Other News section down at the bottom but I thought maybe  a new section would be useful, or not. Any ideas just leave them in the comments section.
Posting a little bit early as I get to go to town today! That's a big deal!
So, see you all tomorrow, have a good day!

LAT: Japan's tsunami has dealt lasting blow to family farms

Global Conflict
CNN: Iran says U.S. warships in Persian Gulf spawn 'mayhem'
Reuters: US to unveil "more realistic" plan for military
NYT: Europe Moves Toward Ban on Iran Oil 
Reuters: Syrian activists say government armor still in cities
Reuters: Exclusive: EU agrees to embargo on Iranian crude
CNN: Baghdad bombings kill 24 
MSNBC: New wave of blasts raises specter of Iraq civil war
LegitGov: I will bomb Iran nuclear sites: Santorum - 01 Jan 2012 US Republican presidential candidate [Grade 'A' sociopath] Rick Santorum has said he would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities upon his election as president if Tehran does not open up its sites for international arms inspectors. Talking to NBC television's "Meet the Press," Santorum said he would tell the Iranian leaders to either open up those facilities, begin to dismantle them and make them available to the inspectors - or the US would attack them. The remarks come as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran's nuclear program has been diverted towards weapons production. 
SeattlePI: Attacks targeting Shiites kill 72 in Iraq
SeattlePI: Activists accuse Syria of 'torture chambers'
IBTimes: Iran Warns Saudi Arabia and UAE Over US Arms Deals
Reuters: Turkey warns against Shi'ite-Sunni Cold War
BusinessInsider: More Evidence The X-37B Spaceplane May Actually Be Spying On China 

AtlanticWire: Occupy Livestream Operators Will Be Homeless After They Get Out of Jail

Hacker News
BlacklistedNews: Skynet: Hackers Dream Up Censor-Proof Satellite Internet Grid
Time: Britain: Hacking Inquiry Scrutinizes Ties Between Police and Press
LegitGov: Anonymous calls Obama a terrorist, vetoes NDAA

Financial News
BusinessInsider: Italian PM Monti Mysteriously Jets Off To Brussels And The Euro Falls Below $1.28
Bloomberg: Kodak Drops After Report It's Preparing for Bankruptcy Filing
BusinessInsider: Seriously, The Shanghai Composite Looks Sick 
MyBuget360: The calm before the student loan bubble bursts -  For-profits make up 9 percent of student enrollment yet produce 27 percent of all private loans. The inevitable pop of the student loan bubble.
ExtinctionProtocol: Greece drops hints of pulling out of Eurozone as austerity measures threaten to unravel country
SOTT: US: Personal Incomes Fall More During 'Recovery' Than During The Recession
USAToday: Obama bypasses Senate, installs new consumer chief
SHTFPlan: You’d Be Broke, Hungry and Living On The Street If You Did This
BusinessInsider: Even Walmart Is Snapping Up Social Media Companies (WMT)
CalculatedRisk: Fed White Paper: "The U.S. Housing Market: Current Conditions and Policy Considerations"
WSJ: Jobless Rates Drop in Most Cities - Unemployment rates in most cities were below year-earlier levels in November, the Labor Department reported, but 133 of 372 metropolitan areas posted flat or declining employment from a November 2010.
CreditSlips: In or Out of Mortgage Trouble? A Study of Bankrupt Homeowners 
BusinessInsider: REPORT: RBS Axing Up To 10,000 Jobs From Its Investment Bank - Earlier today, we learned that RBS was in the process of making some major cuts to its investment banking division. 
Mish: Brussels Recommends Sucking Spain Dry with Increased VAT; France to Raise Sales Tax to Protect Jobs; Is There Any Point or Reason for the Eurozone?
TradeSignalOnline: France Plans To Raise Sales Tax, Following Germany's Lead
TheHill: Report: Regulators missing a slew of Dodd-Frank deadlines -  Regulators have missed roughly three-quarters of the deadlines for implementing the Dodd-Frank financial reform law through 2011
SOTT: US: Boeing Will Lay Off More Than 2,100 Workers At Wichita Plant
ABCNews: White House 'Can't Wait' To Help Young People Get Summer Jobs (ok, why does this have such an "ominous" tone? Maybe it's just me. LOL)
CNNMoney: Consumer bureau: Now, it can do something
PIMCO: PIMCO Outlook - Towards the Paranormal -  Bill Gross - How many ways can you say “it’s different this time?” There’s “abnormal,” “subnormal,” “paranormal” and of course “new normal.”  
Zerohedge: French Auction Fails As Bid-To-Cover Plunges

Zerohedge: Euro Slumps To 15 Month Lows As BTPs Crack 7% Yield

BusinessInsider: Italy Is Getting Totally Clobbered Right Now (from this morning)
MyBudget360: Is college worth the money and debt? - The cost of college has increased by 11x since 1980 while inflation overall has increased by 3x. Diluting education with for-profits. and saddling millions with debt.
OurFuture: President Sidesteps GOP Obstruction With Consumer And Workers' Rights Appointments
BusinessInsider: There's Really One Main Reason Why Wall Street Is Scared Of CFPB Head Richard Cordray
BusinessInsider: Here's How Banks Are Fueling The Next Crash
Peak oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: Soliciting TOD Reader Feedback for My Energy Book
FCNP:Tom Whipple: The Peak Oil Crisis: Closing Out the Year
Time: France Starts to Turn Against Its Much Vaunted Nuclear Industry
TheArchDruidReport: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
TheHill: Oil industry: 'Huge political consequences' if pipeline rejected - A top oil industry official delivered a clear warning to President Obama Wednesday: approve the Keystone XL pipeline or face “huge political consequences. 
NYT: The Other Reason Europe Is Going Broke
CNNMoney: Europe's ticking time bomb: Credit default swaps
FT: Ecuador court upholds $18bn Chevron ruling - An Ecuadorean appeals court has upheld an $18bn ruling against Chevron for pollution in the remote pocket of the Amazon where the country’s oil industry was founded. The damages bill represents about one-third of Ecuador’s gross domestic product, making it the most expensive environmental suit in history, although the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to overtake it. A three-judge panel supported the original court’s order that Chevron pay $8.6bn in damages, which later more than doubled after the company refused to publicly apologise. James Craig, a Chevron spokesman, said the company did not believe the Ecuadorean ruling was enforceable “in any court that observes the rule of law”. “[Tuesday’s] decision is another glaring example of the politicisation and corruption of Ecuador’s judiciary that has plagued this fraudulent case from the start,” he said. Chevron, which bought out Texaco, the company accused of causing the pollution, in 2001, has turned to the Hague and the District Court for the Southern District of New York to accuse the plaintiffs’ representatives of fraud and corruption.
IsraelNationalNews: South Korea Increases Oil Deal with Iran - South Korea has made an agreement to increase its oil business dealings with Iran and helping to sabotage U.S. economic sanctions against the Iranian Republic.
NationofChange: The Oil That Comes in From the Cold
MarketWatch: Saudis use more oil; exporter status threatened
MarketWatch: Oil prices will never fall again -  So prognosticates oil analyst and energy sector investor Gregor Macdonald, who also expects certain asset classes to make "very large, very surprising moves in 2012."

Mineweb: Gold surrenders gains on Euro debt concerns

Mineweb: Gold outperforms even the best UK funds
BusinessInsider: Was 2011 The End Of The Gold Rush? - For such a wonderful year for precious metals investors, the final calendar quarter left little to celebrate. 

Environmental News
ExtinctionProtocol: Unknown magma pool causing ground uplift in Oregon
PsyOrg: Trouble in paradise: Ocean acidification this way comes 
SOTT: Chile battles 3 huge wildfires; 1 killed, tourists evacuated, losses in millions
ScientificAmerican: Ohio Earthquake Likely Caused by Fracking Wastewater
BigPictureAgriculture: Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey Sees the need to Re-Evaluate the 1944 Pick-Sloan Flood Control Act  - Bob Kerrey is exactly right. Wildlife habitat and biodiversity along the Missouri River is more important to Nebraska's economy and aesthetics than the minimal navigation provided by the currently unnatural, ditched, sterile, polluted, bleak appearance of the Corps controlled river. A more natural river in this region would be a huge ecological asset to the states of Nebraska and Iowa.
SOTT: US, South Dakota: Farmers Have Mixed Feelings About Warm Winter
ThinkProgress: IEA: World on Pace for 11-Degree Warming, "Even School Children Know This Will Have Catastrophic Implications for All of Us"
ClimateProgress: ‘Job-Killing’ EPA Regulations for Chesapeake Bay Will Create 35 Times as Many Jobs as Keystone XL Pipeline
BBC: Europe's highest active volcano rumbles back to life
BigPictureAgriculture: The Honeybee Decline Story: Neonicotinoid and Spinosads Insecticides which Harm Honeybee Central Nervous Systems 

America in Decline
USAToday: Police fatally shoot armed 8th-grader at Texas school
CBSNews: 8th-grader killed by Tex. police had pellet gun
SOTT: US: FBI allowed to add GPS device to cars without warrants
CNN: 6 police officers shot while serving warrant in UtahTheAtlantic: The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) 
Cryptogon: New York Governor Wants State to Take DNA Samples from More People Convicted of Crimes 
TheGrio: African-American teen missing since 2010 mistakenly deported to Colombia
NYT: Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs
(we who haunt the lower rungs would like to salute the NYT for stating the obvious!)

Forbes: 2012 is the Year America Must Get Serious About its Infrastructure
WashingtonPost: Murder-suicide involving 2 Navy pilots rocks elite community of aviators
PlutocracyFiles: Now Do You See That It's Never Been About Life? - So for years, choice advocates have been warning that the pro-life movement has dick all to do with life. This is a war-mongering, death-penalty cheering crowd who could care less about life. In fact, their supposed life campaign is really about turning the clock back on women's rights. Thus, Rick Santorum doesn't just oppose abortion, but also contraception: One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.Yep, a Presidential candidate said that. In 2012! Just remember this when you start thinking the pro-lifers are concerned with something other than the fact that women can have sex without consequences.

Food and Water
MedicalNews: FDA Bans Certain Uses Of Antibiotics In Food-Producing Animals
Malaya: Emerging war: Food vs fuel - IF the problems in the United States spill over to the Philippines, the country may suffer from a severe food shortage although regulators say there is a law that prevents the possibility.
The United States is agonizing over which gets preference: more food or cheap fuel. Unfortunately, the bulk of the fuel substitute comes from food.
247WallSt: Shortage of Seed Could Hamper US Corn Crop (MON, DD, GIS, K, KFT)
Last year’s volatility in the corn market could repeat itself this year, but for a different reason. Seed corn, which is grown from specialized plants, is in short supply due to dry conditions in the Midwest and West last summer. Seed suppliers like Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) and E.I du Pont de Nemours and Co. (NYSE: DD), as well as food processors such as General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Kellogg Co. (NYSE: K), and Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) could all feel the pinch, if for different reasons.
DanaRiely: Special Deals at Whole Foods - Jared Wolf, one of the students working with me, took the following pictures at Whole Foods a few days ago.  They illustrate amazing creativity in defining what the term “a deal” means.

Science and Technology
RedditScience; Parasitic Fly Emerges As New Suspect In Colony Collapse Disorder
PopSci: How Scottish Scientists Re-Created a Hundred-Year-Old Whisky
Wired: Pentagon Scientists Use ‘Time Hole’ to Make Events Disappear
Soldiers could one day conduct covert operations in complete secrecy, now that Pentagon-backed physicists have figured out how to mask entire events by distorting light.
A team at Cornell University, with support from Darpa, the Pentagon’s out-there research arm, managed to hide an event for 40 picoseconds (those are trillionths of seconds, if you’re counting). They’ve published their groundbreaking research in this week’s edition of the journal Nature.
TechReview: Revenge of the Electric Car - The Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric car to try to connect to a mass market.
BlacklistedNews: Robots Patrol South Korean Prisons at Night
BBC: Buried city revealed by satellite - An infra-red satellite image reveals the pattern of streets and houses in the buried ancient city of Tanis in Egypt. The new technique has also shown up the sites of 17 lost pyramids as well as thousands of tombs and settlements.
PopSci: National Science Foundation Is Studying Grecian Urns To Make Better Spacecraft
MSNBC: Meteor show sparks chills and thrills - A dazzling display of "shooting stars" kicked off the 2012 skywatching season early Wednesday, thrilling amateur astronomers around the world with views of the Quadrantid meteor shower.

Medical and Health
SOTT: The Dangers of "Crying It Out"
LegitGov: Traces of deadly flu bacteria found in Hong Kong government building
M&C: Uganda launches investigation into "nodding disease"
M&C: US doctor to remove 90-kilogram tumour from Vietnamese man's leg
M&C: Don't Hold the Salt
LAT: Navajo Nation confronts HIV and AIDS
CNN: Allergy kills Virginia girl at school 
TheChart: Cancer deaths lower, but some say not enough
DigitalLife: Update: Doctors now hopeful about survival of 16-year-old computer prodigy
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
About: Food Storage Calculator 
MilesStair: Flat lamp and Stove Wicks
ModernSurvivalBlog: A Preppers Carpentry ‘Pull-Saw’ 
TheTennessean: Backyard chickens make gains in Nashville
CanadianDoomer: Ch-ch-ch-changes
CityFarmer: Fresh Foods To Be Grown On Honolulu Rooftops

Other News
CBSNews: Okla. teen mom asks 911 for permission, fatally shoots intruder on New Year's eve
ExtinctionProtocol: Doomsday rumors creates panic across districts in India - January 4, 2011 – Lucknow, INDIA – This is straight from Ripley’s Believe it or not. The panic gripped denizens in UP with rumors of mild tremors and ‘people turning into stone statues’ floated on Tuesday night.
Reuters: German man charged with arson over Los Angeles fires
MSNBC: No charges for teen widow who killed intruder
AFP: Israel ex-PM indicted for corruption 
CNN: arson suspect hates Americans, DA says 
(sounds to me like he hates cars. He wasn't setting Americans on fire.) 
MSNBC: Cops: Woman rubs buttocks on $30 million painting 
RedditScience: Old, million-dollar violins don't play better than the new models [top violinists can't tell difference in new double-blind test] 
Cryptogon: UK Police Treating Remains Discovered at Queen’s Estate as Murder 

CharlesHughSmith: President Obama, Demopublican
TheAtlantic: Santorum Raises $1 Million in One Day
BusinessInsider: The Ridiculously Low Probability Of Mitt Romney's 8-Vote Victory In Iowa
CBSNews: NAACP blasts Santorum for targeting blacks in entitlement reform
MercuryNews: Police: Homeless slayings work of serial killer
AngryBear: So much for GOP Siren of voter fraud - Maybe the appropriate title for this is: Do as I say and not as I do.... Just listening to Thom Hartman and he noted something that struck a cord (chord?) with me: voter ID, electronic ballots. In the caucuses last night, the Republican party did not require and ID, they allowed onsite registration and hand counted the ballots. This is completely and totally counter to the Republican national position.
DeclineoftheEmpire: The Personification Of Evil
LegitGov: 3 New Hampshire Republican representatives question Obama's background 
SFChronicle: Santorum Becomes Millionaire in Six Years After U.S. Senate Loss
TheNation: Meet Rick Santorum, Big-Spending Bush Republican
The Forums
TinfoilPalace: Alternative Health Treatments (Radio Program Summary)
TinfoilPalace: Korean NucUlar Attack Predicted
TheOilAge: All Warships Will Need Iran's Permission to Pass through SOH 
TheOilAge: Cops Caught Planting Drugs in Car 
HubbertsArms: MF Global Collapse Kills Entire Global Futures/Commodity Market 
HubbertsArms: "Cash is Trash" Only terrorists don't use credit cards or ID 
SilentCountry: Bank of America BAD For America
SilentCountry: Police State U.S.A.


  1. I'm not a collpasenet member if anyone wants to pass this on...MCR tweets that he needs a solution to the attacks on his site.
    My reply is:
    '@CollapseNet you need to make access to the site opaque either rent space in a large server farm or go through a proxy anon. server like TOR'

  2. that's a good idea i think. he has been saying that his site is being attacked.