Monday, February 20, 2012

Breaking News Mon. Feb. 20, 2012

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DesdemonaDespair: Fukushima: the social impact of a nuclear disaster
Telegraph: Japan's trade deficit balloons to all-time high
Japan posted a record trade deficit in January, as a strong yen and slumping demand in Europe continued to harm exports following last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster.
DesdemonaDespair: Video: Japan priest fights invisible demon: radiation – ‘I feel a deep sense of remorse’ 

Global Conflict
MSNBC: N. Korea warns of 'total war' over South's drills
Time: A Hunger Striker at Death's Door Turns Up the Heat on Israel -- and on the Palestinian Leadership
YahooNews; The next step in Iran sanctions: cutting off the bank 
CNN: UN watchdog agency: Iran needs to clarify "possible military dimensions" of nuclear program
SMH: Assad pays 'ghost' gangs to keep city's rebellious suburbs in line
DAMASCUS: The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, enforces his control of Damascus using an army of thuggish corner boys to kidnap, torture, beat up and menace residents suspected of sympathies to the rebels.
Reportedly derived from the Arabic for ghost, ''shabiha'' embodies the latest repressive twist of Syria's minority dictatorship. In Syria it has come to mean ''thugs''.
SMH: Protesters move within sight of Assad's palace
USAToday: US to Israel: Don't attack Iran 
WashingtonPost: NKorea says it will attack SKorea if it carries out live-fire drills near sea border
Hosted: White House national security adviser in Israel
Alternet: Suicide bomb kills 15 at Baghdad police academy
UPI: The fuel crisis in Gaza 
Palestinians patients receive kidney dialysis treatment in Nasser Hospital as the hospital is in danger of running out of fuel, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza on February 16, 2012. Gas stations in the Gaza are drying up due to the crisis in Egypt and the closing of the fuel lines through the 'smuggling tunnels' between Rafah and the Egyptian side of the border. An Israel blockade has left Gaza with very little fuel rations for its citizen.

VOA: Egypt Recalls Ambassador to Syria
IBTimes: IAEA Team Heads to Iran for Talks on Nuclear Program
BusinessWeek: Death Toll Mounts in Syria as Global Community Weighs Options
FuelFix: Iran cuts oil to Britain and France
Zerohedge: As WTI Passes $105, Guardian Says Iran "Military Action Likely", Would Send Crude Soaring
Hosted: Tel Aviv to get missile interceptor system: army 
Guardian: US officials believe Iran sanctions will fail, making military action likely
• Growing view that strike, by Israel or US, will happen
• 'Sweet spot' for Israeli action identified as September-October
• White House remains determined to give sanctions time
Atlantic: Afghan Textbooks to Cut Out Much of the Country's Post-1973 History
Reuters: China paper says West stirring up civil war in Syria
SIBTimes: yria Unrest: Who Are Assad's Mercenary "Thugs" Raising Riot on the Streets of Damascus? 
NYT: Iran Raid Seen as Complex Task for Israeli Military 
LAT: 19 Americans to stand trial in Egypt 
Reuters: Iranian ships reach Syria, China warns of civil war 
Reuters: North Korea raises alert for live-fire drill 
BBC: Iran 'may boost nuclear programme', diplomat warns
WSJ: Putin Pledges More Defense SpendingGuardian: Syria has made a curious transition from US ally to violator of human rights
Mish: Warmongering Insanity: Canada Wants Military Base in Germany 
Reuters: China rebukes Iran for France, UK oil ban - China buys around 20 percent of Iran's oil exports
VancouverSun: Iranians desperate as dark economic clouds gather - Household budgets stretched by rising food prices, some are stockpiling in case of war
Salon: Israelis prepare for war with Iran  - Even ex-Mossad chief who opposes an attack on Iran seems to have given up
DailyBeast: Navy SEALs: Obama’s Secret Army - At a time when many Americans think their government is inept, the ‘Special Operators’ get the job done. Just ask the President, who is doubling down on the Navy SEALs.
Zerohedge: A Very Different Take On The "Iran Barters Gold For Food" Story - Much has been made of today's Reuters story how "Iran turns to barter for food as sanctions cripple imports" in which we learn that "Iran is turning to barter - offering gold bullion in overseas vaults or tankerloads of oil - in return for food", and whose purpose no doubt is to demonstrate just how crippled the Iranian economy is as a result of the ongoing US embargo. Incidentally this story is 100% the opposite of the Debka-spun groundless disinformation from a few weeks ago that India was preparing to pay for Iran's oil in gold (they got the asset right, but the flow of funds direction hopelessly wrong). While there is certainly truth to the fact that the US is actively seeking to destabilize the local government, we wonder why? After all as the opportunity cost for the existing regime to do something drastic gets ever lower as the popular resentment rises, leaving the local administration with few options but to engage either the US or Israel. Unless of course, this is the ultimate goal. Yet going back to the Reuters story, it would be quite dramatic, if only it was not the case that Iran has been laying the groundwork for a barter economy for many months now, something which various other analysts perceive as the basis for the destruction of the petrodollar system.
NZHerald: NYPD monitored Muslim students all over Northeast
Yahoo: Israel holds 18 after tourists stoned - Israeli police arrested 18 Palestinians in the grounds of Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque complex on Sunday after tourists visiting the site under police escort were stoned, police said.
RawStory: ‘Hundreds gather’ in China after monk’s self-immolation

FDL: Occupy Nashville: Sitting in Limbo
Time: Occupy the SEC: Moving From the Campsite to the Weeds of Regulatory Reform - The surest way to rankle a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement is to repeat the common claim that the movement has no defined goals, a criticism that has dogged the group since it’s inception. But last week an offshoot of the movement, called “Occupy the SEC,” undermined that characterization when it submitted a 325-page letter to federal regulators filled with concrete criticisms and proposals for the final implementation of the so-called ‘Volcker Rule.’ FDL: The Colton Hall Assembly and the Story of the #OccupyMonterey Camp
FDL: Occupalooza!

Hacker News
Time: Storm Clouds over News Corp., but Murdoch Declares the Sun Will Shine...

Domestic Financial News
HuffingtonPost: Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement: Who Pays? - Just who is paying for the big mortgage settlement, anyway? The Obama administration says it's the banks. Mortgage investors worry it will be them. Taxpayers fear they'll have to pony up. Unfortunately, until we actually see the settlement terms and watch the process in action, we won't know for sure.
NYT: How Companies Learn Your Secrets
WSJ: Are Index Funds Messing Up the Markets? 
LAT: Video: Job interviewing, to the extreme 
Atlantic: The Awful Long-Term Unemployment Crisis 
NakedCapitalism: Michael Olenick: Shocking Economic Insight – Mass Foreclosures Will Drive Down Home Prices - Honest economists explain their reasoning, which is that there is a need to find a market bottom. 
Treasury: Difference on Deficit Reduction is not about “How Much?” but “Who Pays?” 
WashingtonPost: U.S. manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers 
BusinessInsider: INFLATION: How Prices Have Boomed Since The Year 2000
Forbes: Too Big Not To Fail
Time: Is It Time to Start Worrying About Inflation Again? 
BusinessInsider: FORECLOSURES: Here They Come - After a reprieve in 2011, and a key reason why prognostications of a US housing market bottom is misguided, RealtyTrac reported that foreclosure filings were up 3% in January, month-over-month. Notice of defaults, however, are still depressed, down 22% from a year ago and unchanged from the prior month. The 3% is statistically insignificant and I am not being an alarmist, but it represents the beginning of the distressed sale ramp-up now that the mortgage servicing settlement has finally been hammered out (actually the increase occurred before the agreement was final). BusinessWeek: Krugman Embraces Keynesian Label to Defend Government Spending   
ETFDailyNews: Hoisington’s Hunt Says It’s Recession For 2012 
Yahoo: ‘Million Mustache March’ planned for April to encourage growth of facial hair (and the economy)
BlacklistedNews: Suddenly, a Sharp Deterioration in the Job Market
RawStory: Employers discriminate against long-term unemployed: reports
CharlesHughSmith: When Debt is More Important Than People, The System Is Evil

Global Financial News
CreditWritedowns: Big weekend developments in China and Europe
RTTNews: China Pledges To Support Euro
Reuters: New ECB cash injection seen bringing pain for euro 
NYT: European Ministers Are Poised to Approve Greek Rescue 
MSNBC: 'All the elements' of new $171B Greek bailout in place 
Telegraph: Germany bows to global pressure and signals Greek rescue deal
RTTNews: French Business Confidence Remains Stable 
USAToday: Greece awaits bailout green light, issues remain 
FT: Greece must default if it wants democracy 
Mish: Why Greece Must Exit the Eurozone, How it Will Happen (and Why Portugal and Spain Will Follow); Does the Euro Act Like a Gold Standard?
FT: China and Japan unite on IMF resources In a rare display of unity, China and Japan have expressed conditional support for an expansion of the International Monetary Fund’s resources to help address Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.
Telegraph: Lloyds Bank strips 13 directors of more than £2 million in bonuses
Reuters: Decision day for second Greek bailout despite financing gaps
CNNMoney: Greek bailout: The pressure is on
NYT: As Old Francs Expire, France Makes a Small Mint - PARIS — Greece may be scrambling for revenue, but the French treasury has just banked some 550 million euros for doing nothing — simply letting the French franc, created in 1360, finally perish. 
CNN: When will workers share in Apple's wealth?
PCMag: Backlash Against FLA Head's Early Praise for Foxconn, Apple
ETFDailyNews: The Heart Of A China Bull Still Beats Strong 

Peak Oil and Energy News
CalculatedRisk: Gasoline Prices: $4.50 per gallon by Memorial Day?
RawStory: Giant kite could be future of wind power
CNBC: Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Output, Export: Industry Report
AJC: Gas prices continue to climb in Georgia
MSNBC: Motorists hit by record surge in gas prices - Gasoline prices have never been higher this time of the year in the U.S.
At $3.53 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1. And experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by late April.
Reuters: UPDATE 3-BP idles large Washington state refinery after fire
Zerohedge: JPM Hikes Crude Price Forecast, Sees $120 WTI By Election Time
ThinkProgress: Oil Prices Are Rising Despite Lowest Demand Since 1997

ETFDailyNews: Buy Gold & Silver For The Long Haul, says Jim Rogers 
ETFDailyNews: Gold Outperforms The Stock Market 

ExtinctionProtocol: Miami experiences its hottest day in 24 years - February 20, 2012 – MIAMI – It didn’t feel much like February this weekend — even for South Floridians.
DesdemonaDespair: ‘Massive and unprecedented’ slaughter of Cameroon elephants – Orphaned calves dying of hunger and thirst
TheTandd: Animal rights group says drone shot down
WBIR: 18-vehicle crash backs up I-75 in Campbell County
ExtinctionProtocol: Incurable virus killing thousands of lambs in UK
ExtinctionProtocol: Massive explosive eruption seen at Japan’s Sakurajima volcano
TruthOut: Disaster Capitalism: Profiting From Crisis in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Deepa Panchang, Beverly Bell and Tory Field, Other Worlds Are Possible: "Below are a few examples of post-earthquake contracts and grants, selected to show just some of the problems at play. They offer a small glimpse into a much larger, secretive world of disaster deals. We're grateful to our investigative journalist colleagues who, alongside us, have kept heavy on the scent of these corporations and brought buried information to light." 
UsaToday: 3 skiers killed in Wash. avalanche; 4th survivedHuffingtonPost: UFO Explodes And Crashes In South Carolina (VIDEO)
TorontoStar: VIDEO: Elusive snow leopards seen thriving in Bhutan park
NoTechMagazine: More Waste = More Money - A battle is brewing in Delhi, India over access and control to garbage. For decades, informal wastepickers and recyclers have turned garbage into cash. They cost the government and taxpayer nothing yet they significantly reduce the waste sent to already overflowing landfills, improve recycling rates and “cool the earth” by reducing carbon emissions. But recent government plans to privatize trash collection have put the livelihoods of the wastepickers under threat. Meanwhile, new plans to build incinerators funded by carbon credits mean the resources the recyclers depend on may soon go up in smoke. Watch the movie: Delhi Waste Wars.
ClimateProgress: Ethical Analysis of Disinformation Campaign's Tactics: Reckless Disregard for the Truth, Specious Claims of 'Bad' Science
Treehugger: Montreal Man Seen Living on Bicycle -- For 382 Days (Video)
Guardian: Attacks paid for by big business are ‘driving science into a dark era’ 
StarTelegram: Weekend rain puts Dallas-Fort Worth 4 inches above normal
MSNBC: Winter storm dumps snow on South, knocks out power 
MSNBC: Restless Aleutian volcano could erupt, scientists say - Kanaga Volcano, located 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage, had seismic activity on Saturday
YahooNews: Every February Yosemite waterfall turns to lava

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America in Decline
MyBudget360: American incomes and low wage America - top 1 percent earn above $343,927, top 5 percent above $154,643, top 10 percent above $112,124, top 25 percent above $66,193, top 50 percent above $32,396 – Over 68,500,000 tax filers, 50 percent of the country, make $32,000 a year or less. Food stamp usage peaks at over 46 million.
CNN: Contraceptives, religious freedom: Are we in a new culture war?
RawStory: Florida bill would slash minimum wage for tipped workers - A Florida Senate committee has followed the advice of a restaurant association and passed a bill that would cut the minimum wage for tipped workers by more than half. The bill, SB 2106, would slash the current Florida tipped minimum wage of of $4.65 an hour to the federal standard of of $2.13 an hour, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Restaurants would have to promise that employees would make at least $9.98 an hour with tips to qualify for the new wage.“We are being brave and bold and being statesmen and not politicians,” Republican state Sen. Nancy Detert, the committee’s chair, asserted, adding that the bill had been requested by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Cryptogon: Laser ‘Dazzler’ Weapon Approved for Use by Police and Coast Guard

Food and Water
CommodityOnline: Agricultural commodities to turn bullish on India China farmland race
CosmicLog: Lab-grown hamburger due to be served up this year ... for $330,000

Internet and Online Privacy News  
PCMagazine: Google Sued Over Safari Privacy Problem
ArsTechnica: Feds seize $50 million in Megaupload assets, lodge new charges 
LegitGov: FBI will shutdown the Internet on March 8 
PCWorld: Truth About the March 8 Internet Doomsday 
WSJ: Internet On, Inhibitions Off: Why We Tell All
InternetEvolution: Report: Google 'Tricked' Millions of Browsers
MSNBC: Data collection arms race feeds privacy fears  - Google and Facebook last year both agreed to 20 years of privacy audits by the FTC

Science and Technology
RawStory: On 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s flight, U.S. lacks manned space capacity
SFGate: Transistor Made Using a Single Atom May Help Beat Moore's Law
Slashgear: Super-dense magma means no moon volcanoesWired: Alt Text: Handy Rules for the Creation of Lethal Mutants
Medical and Health
TheChart: Chain of cat feces can harm humans, sea otters - There's more to cat excrement than meets the eye, and it may have the potential to cause disease in sea otters and humans alike.
WashingtonPost: Our unrealistic attitudes about death, through a doctor’s eyes
MSNBC: All infant Tylenol recalled due to new bottle flaw
YahooNews: Everything you know about dieting is wrong: US scientists

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
PreppingToSurvive: Quote of the Week: Nietzsche on Perseverance
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 
CityFarmer: Urban Farmers May Get a Tax Break in Salt Lake City
Grist: Honey makes the world go ’round - In 2005, Andrew Coté found himself in northern Iraq, walking hand-in-hand with a Kurdish beekeeper. This was not some Bush-era publicity stunt to put a gloss of false friendship over the country’s violent reality. Coté and Khorsheed Ahmed, his new friend, shared rich common ground: They both practice the noble but endangered craft of beekeeping. Coté was on Ahmed’s territory to work with the Kurds to improve their operations and enrich their livelihoods.
TransitionVoice: The happy hoarder: Waxing poetic
BBC: How could snow trapped man survive for two months?
Treehugger: "Super Sand" Cleans Dirty Drinking Water
- Graphite waste is the secret ingredient in using sand to clean dirty water.
NoTechMagazine: Japanese Tub Boats
Treehugger: Kitchen Design Skips Fridge, Saves Food  - This clever low-tech design helps food keep without refrigeration. 
BeforeItsNews: Nuclear Weapons On A Highway Near You

Other News
TheOnion: New Law Requires Women To Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting Abortion
ChicagoTribune: Police say more human remains found on New York's Long Island
UPI: Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg stepping down in 2015 
TriCities: Weirdly Wonderful: Artifacts from Atomic Age 
Time: Vatican Confidential: Why Are So Many Rumors Coming out of the Holy See?
Spiegel: Outfoxed by the Opposition: Defeat in Presidential Battle Leaves Merkel Isolated - In accepting the opposition's candidate for the next German president, Angela Merkel has suffered the bitterest defeat of her chancellorship.
IBTimes: Whitney Houston's Funeral: Westboro Baptist Church Accused of Using Photoshop on Picture
Time: The World's Largest University Struggles to Educate Millions of New Students
NYT: Where the Boys Aren’t
Nuns in America are a dying breed, and the church’s antediluvian male hierarchy gets more worked up about allowing Catholic women contraceptives than investigating sexual abuse of children by priests.
 (couldn't have said it better myself) (at one time, that woman's story might have seemed inspirational and amazing to me, but now, it only seems pitiful.)

NYT: Santorum's Gospel of Inequality
YahooNews: ‘My Child Was Not Stillborn!’: Rick Santorum Gets Heated With Bob Schieffer During Prenatal Testing Discussion
WashingtonPost: Arizona sheriff facing allegations of misconduct forced to Publically Announce He is Gay - A sheriff seeking the GOP nomination for an Arizona congressional seat was forced to confirm he is gay Saturday and resigned from presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Arizona committee amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a Mexican immigrant and a former campaign volunteer, with deportation if their past relationship was made public. The man’s allegations were first published Friday in the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly magazine.
CBSNews: Paul: US "slipping into a fascist system"
WashingtonPost: Paul warns US slipping toward fascism at Mo. rally upstaging nearby Republican Party events
TruthOut: Delusions of the Corporate State
CBSNews: Santorum remark on Obama "theology" draws ire
The eXiled’s Free Campaign Advice For Mitt Romney: “Baptize Ayn Rand”

TinfoilPalace: Past Life Regression Reveals Future Life with Dire Predictions for Us
TinfoilPalace: Out of Africa? Data Fail to Support Language Origin in Africa
TheOilAge: TAE: we're still sinking with the Titanic 
TheOilAge: What to Do at a DUI Checkpoint 
TheOilAge: Global War and Hunger Porn on the way to Fat City 
HubbertsArms: Germany drawing up plans for Greece to leave the euro
HubbertsArms: Iran to conduct joint exercises with Syria?
SilentCountry: Recession, High Commodity Prices Hurting...the Gum Ball Machine
SilentCountry: No More Normal

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