Friday, March 16, 2012

Breaking News Friday, March 16, 2012

Look what Dignity Of Struggle has for us! A petition to get Monsatano out of Texas! If you feel so inclined, and think Monsatano is Lucifer's business front on earth, (and who doesn't?) then go, go to the petition site and sign, especially you Texans.
I am spearheading a campaign against Monsanto in central Texas.  This is a link to my online petition:

Any signatories are welcome, but anyone in central Texas especially would be helpful.  Please forward this anyone in the agricultural community.  This petition is going to form part of the foundation of our cease and desist order that we will be delivering to Monsanto offices.

Thanks y'all!
Here's the tread at Hubberts Arms where this is being discussed.

Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help today! don't forget that RJ posts his weekly wrapup of the financial news this afternoon and Ozarker will have an essay up tomorrow afternoon.
Support these excellent bloggers.
and the forums, don't forget the forums! LOL

Global Conflict
USAToday: Afghans protest removal of US soldier accused in rampage
Atlantic: The Growing Dangers of Iraqi Frustration - The country's government is less and less popular with its citizens, risking upheaval or worse. Guardian: Double blow to Nato as Karzai and Taliban derail Afghanistan strategy
BBC: Iran cut off from global commerce
ExtinctionProtocol: U.S. threatens sanctions with India over its ties with IranMarch 16, 2012 – WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is threatening to impose sanctions on India over its continued economic ties with Iran. WSJ: Supporters of Syrian Regime Rally in Capital
ETFDaily: Strike On Iran, A Green Light From Washington 
WSJ: Karzai Calls for US Troop Pullback
JerusalemPost: Lawyer: No charges for suspected Afghan shooter for weeks
ABCNews: Lawyer for 'Barefoot Bandit' Will Represent Afghan Massacre Suspect

A well-known Seattle defense attorney has agreed to represent the unidentified Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians this past weekend
BBC: UN to send humanitarian mission to Syria
CounterPunch: NATO’S Craven Coverup of Its Libyan Bombing
Reuters: London father-in-law emailed Assad advice -Guardian
LegitGov: Pentagon: Afghan security breach 'much more serious' than reported -U.S. military officials withheld news of the attack for 10 hours from reporters who were traveling on the same plane with Panetta, releasing sketchy information about it only after British news media broke the story.
Reuters: Special U.S. military unit hunts Mexico border drug flights
CNN: New details emerge about soldier accused in Afghan killings
"We have been informed at this small base that he was at, somebody was gravely injured the day before the alleged incident ... which affected all of the soldiers," said John Henry Browne, who told CNN on Thursday he was representing the accused soldier.
The soldier, whose identity the military has withheld, is in military custody but has not been formally charged.
Charges could come within a matter of weeks in a case that Browne called more of a political case than a legal one.
"This is an international event, and it's a very touchy event for our government and for other governments," he said.
Guardian: North Korea satellite plan is highly provocative says US
MSNBC: Afghanistan's President Karzai: Get US troops out of our villages
Reuters: NATO helicopter crash kills 16 people in Afghanistan
Telegraph: Afghan Panetta 'attacker' was an 'interpreter for senior British officers' - The Afghan worker who attempted to assassinate Leon Panetta was an interpreter who had worked for senior British officers, defence sources have disclosed. Businessweek: Afghans Detained in US Defense Chief Panetta Runway Incident
LAT: Despite food-aid pact, North Korea plans April satellite launch
CNN: Karzai meets with families of 16 civilians allegedly killed by US soldier 
DemocracyNow: Ceasefire Reached After Israeli Air Strikes Killed 26 Palestinians in Gaza
CNN: Rescue of 'martyrs' yields survivor in Syria
Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- Over the past month, video has emerged from the Syrian city of Homs showing killings and other atrocities apparently committed by security forces in neighborhoods that have opposed the government.
CNN has obtained footage that is among the most disturbing yet -- about a dozen family members killed in one house in what appears to be sectarian brutality.
CNN: Soldier accused in Afghan killings on his way to Kansas base

LAT: George Clooney arrested during protest in Washington, DC
Actor George Clooney has been arrested in Washington during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy, just two days after dining with the president at a White House state dinner and testifying before Congress about a mounting humanitarian crisis in the African country.

Domestic Financial News
CNNMoney: Is the bond bubble finally bursting?
Reuters: PayPal enters "dongle" wars, taking on Square
Zerohedge: Muppet-Gate Meets Blank-Berg
TAE: Prediction is Very Hard, Especially About the Future - Right now we have several competing forces. The global money/credit supply is in an accelerating deflationary collapse which is most apparent in the Greek sovereign default as well as a collapsing shadow banking system including many hedge funds. 
Zerohedge: Charting The Legacy Of The Baby Boomers
CalculatedRisk: CoreLogic: 69,000 completed foreclosures in January 2012
CounterPunch: The Myth of the Rational Market
Scribd: Lan Pham Letter to Chuck Grassley. (scribd) This is a big deal. She told the WSJ she was fired for not accepting the Wall Street party lines, which was that foreclosures don’t hurt home prices or household wealth, and their is no chain of title problem.
DailyFinance: Another Ex-Goldman Banker Confesses: The Firm Became 'Toxic'
FDL: This Is Your Defense of Goldman Sachs and Wall Street? - I found the Bloomberg editorial response to Greg Smith’s resignation letter from Goldman Sachs to be so terrible that ironically I think it is a more damning criticism of the current destructive culture on Wall Street than Smith’s original piece.
AmericanBanker: How a Whistleblower Halted JPMorgan Chase’s Card Collection
Reuters: The richest get richer - The aftermaths of the Great Recession and the Great Depression produced sharply different changes in U.S. incomes that tell us a lot about tax and economic policy.
CNNMoney: Volcker: Economy needs bold action, including tax hikes
Bloomberg: Goldman Roiled by Op-Ed Loses $2.2 Billion for Shareholders
FiscalTimes: The High Cost of Low Interest Rates
MyBudget360: A shadow inflation hits shoppers through economic sleight of hand: Inflation and the hidden side of finances.

Global Financial News
Businessweek: A Political Shocker In China Has Implications for the Economy

Zerohedge: Summing Up All That Is Wrong With Greece
FiscalTime: IMF Approves $36.7B Bailout for Greece
IBTimes: Over 50% of New Zealand’s Wealth Owned by 55 Years Old and Above
Zerohedge: The Iceland Financial Renaissance Miracle Continues
BusinessWeek: Ousted Bo's 'Chongqing Model' Outpaced Peers: Chart of the Day
Spiegel: Lear Jets of the Deep: Private Submarines Gain Popularity with Millionaires
 A private Triton submarine navigates a reef off the coast of the Bahamas.
A new class of private submarines has become the latest plaything for the super rich. They allow would-be adventurers to navigate the wonders of the coral reefs, explore shipwrecks or even to cruise alongside dolphins. The cheapest models start at $1.7 million, but prices can go as high as $80 million.
Reuters: India to unveil budget amid slowing growth, political crisis
Macrobusiness: More signs of a bumpy Chinese landing - So, the many meetings of the leaders of China have came to an end and the Shanghai stock market celebrated by falling 2.6% yesterday. 
IMFDirect: Avoiding a Lost Generation - Young people were innocent bystanders in the global financial crisis, but they may well end up paying the heaviest price for the policy mistakes that have led us to where we are today. Young people will have to pay the taxes to service the debts accumulated in recent years. Moreover, the global economy is threatened by continued strains in the euro area, and unemployment is still climbing in several countries, in particular in Europe.
Macrobusiness: The PIIGS Strike Back - So, as I suspected would happen, the push-back against the suicide pact continues.
CNBC: IMF Approves $36 Billion in Funding for Greece 
Ernst&Young: Crisis can be averted, but opportunity for reform must be grasped RawStory: Greece develops cashless, Euro-free currency in tight economy

Peak Oil and Energy News
Zerohedge: The $10-Per-Gallon Gas Has Arrived, In Paris
UPI: Crude oil supplies rise in week NYT: New Solar Panels Blossomed Despite a Tough Year for the Industry - Last year seemed like a dark one for the solar industry: stiff competition from China drove American manufacturers to layoffs and even bankruptcy, while the low price of natural gas and the loss of a critical government subsidy weakened incentives for new solar developments. And then there was the long shadow of Solyndra, whose bankruptcy after receiving federal loans cast a pall over other green-energy endeavors. And yet, by the numbers, 2011 was a banner year for all those sparkling blue modules, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.
Fuelfix: Transocean lands half a billion dollars in drilling contracts
DolanEcon:Please, Secretary Chu, Retract your Retraction. High Gas Prices are Good. You Were Right the First Time - Why would a president want to bring an eminent scientist like Energy Secretary Steven Chu into government? In the hope, one would suppose, that he would speak truth to power. Sadly, that hope seems to have been been dashed in the case of Secretary Chu.
UPI: Oil market balanced, Riyadh says
IBTimes: EIA Raises Oil Price Forecast for 2012
Guardian: Shell boss got £10m pay package amid oil price surge - Energy firm reveals that chief executive's pay doubled in 2011 as it admits to 207 oil spills, up from 195 the previous year

ETFDaily: Gold “Vulnerable” as Treasury Bond Sell-Off Worsens, Indian Demand Revives 
Zerohedge: GLD Technicals: Bottom of Range
MIneweb: Is gold now the contrarian play?

M 2.7, Northern California
M 2.9, Colorado 
SFGate: Collapse Of The Shiny Pretty Things - All the green initiatives in the world combined with all your good intentions intermixed with a million heartfelt promises to do better, all the environmental summit agreements and all the solar panels and recycled toothbrushes and spending all those hours sorting plastic from glass and carefully rinsing your mustard bottles? Not helping. Or rather, not helping much, given how it appears we would need, according to recent measures, 1.5 Earths to sustain our current rate of consumption, and you can point to China and India all you want but they're far from the primary culprits (that would be, of course, us) and anyway the odds are very good you're pointing to them on your iPad and your smart phone as you sit at a fine cafe gorging on five times more food than the average Hindu eats in a year.It absolutely cannot be sustained much longer, is what they're (still) saying, this rapaciousness, this constant craving for more. They say we're pushing the planet to her absolute breaking point quicker than ever, no really we are, and in fact she's actually now well past the breaking point in many categories and has run out of many natural resources, ores and precious minerals and essential planetary nutrients, not to mention thousands of animal species and sufficient fresh water and nuanced human thinking. The oceans? Don't even start.
Bloomberg: Warmth Expected Across US for Next Three Months, US Says
McClatchy: After a warm winter, flood threat down in much of U.S.
ABCNews: Tornado Rips Through Michigan, Destroys or Damages Over 100 Homes
USAToday: Homes damaged after tornado hits Michigan
Reuters: Suspected tornado hits Michigan as warm spell goes on
MSNBC: Report: Poachers slaughter half the elephant population in Cameroon park
NYT: O.E.C.D. Warns of Ever-Higher Greenhouse Gas Emissions - LONDON — Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday. 
Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell says was sued for causing climate change
(Reuters) - Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it was sued for causing climate change but that, like some other global warming cases taken against energy companies by environmentalists, the cases were dismissed.
GrindTV: Giant manta raised from the depths off Africa by ship's anchor
There are few details, but images posted this week to a Nairaland website forum starkly illustrate a story about a giant manta being hauled aboard an oil-rig servicing ship after becoming entangled...
RawStory: Walmart backs anti-environmental lawmakers while pushing ‘sustainable’ image  Although Walmart has heavily promoted its sustainability initiatives, the company has given millions to lawmakers who oppose stricter environmental regulations.
CNN: 7 injured in Kentucky roof collapse; tornado strikes Michigan
MSNBC: 'Warming up mighty early' across parts of US
So now that March feels like May in much of the U.S., what's May going to feel like? The East Coast and South can expect above-normal temperatures, federal forecasters announced Thursday -- a day when Atlanta and Chicago were among the cities that posted new daily highs.
ExtinctionProtocol: Savanah Georgia region shaken by mystery ‘boom’ noise
DesdemonaDespair: Fertilisers behind increase in atmospheric nitrous oxide

America in Decline
thanks to Ozarker for the following link. Evidently Arizona has turned into quite the little Hell Hole hasn't it?
SeattleTimes: Ariz. bill could require reason for birth control - Women in Arizona trying to get reimbursed for birth control drugs through their employer-provided health plan could be required to prove that they are taking it for a medical reason such as acne, rather than to prevent pregnancy.
WashsingtonMonthly: Working Longer For Less
TheAtlantic: Why Americans Aren't Moving Anymore
The Go-Nowhere Generation Speaks: 'I'd Love to Move, but I Can't'But why? We cannot hope to know why 150 million households -- or 300 million Americans -- choose to move or not move across the country to find a new job or to make a new start. There are too many variables to name. But we can start to count them: Jobs play a role. Income plays a role. Affordable housing, and good schools, and cost-of-living, and urban culture, and space -- all these play a role.
NPR: Drones Over America: What Can They See? - Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies — something we may see in just a few years. In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace.

Food and Water
CivilEats: Two Years On, Agricultural Markets Still Unbalanced and Unfair, Farmers Say
StoryOfSTuff: Story of Bottled Water « The Story of Stuff Project - Four Northeastern states have set aside or spent between $228,874 and $527,107 a year for bottled water, according to a new report released today by Corporate Accountability International.
BusinessInsider: See What People Around The World Eat In A Typical Day - Photographer Peter Menzel and his wife, Faith D'Aluisio, embarked on a journey around the world to see what different people eat in a typical day.
BigPictureAgriculture: Idyllic Farming on Île d'Orléans - NOTE that this post was inspired by a late summer visit to Quebec, Canada in 2010

Internet and Online Privacy News  
WashingtonMonthly: The Myth of Cyberterrorism - There are many ways terrorists can kill you--computers aren't one of them
(No, here's the cyberterrorism)
Wired: The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.
RawStoyr: Santorum promises ‘vigorous’ war on porn
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography” because the Obama administration favors “pornographers over children.”

Science and Technology
ArsTechnica: Super-secret Google builds servers in the dark - Just how far will Google go to hide its custom-built data center hardware from the rest of the world?
In one Silicon Valley data center, the company is apparently so paranoid about competitors catching a glimpse of its gear, it’s been known to keep its server cages in complete darkness, outfitting its technical staff like miners and sending them spelunking into the cages with lights on their heads.
ScienceMagBlogs: A “Shocking Disproportion” in Funding of Young and Older Scientists - That young biomedical investigators are getting a raw deal in the competition for funding against older, more established, competitors is a widely held suspicion these days (and not only among young investigators.) It especially rankles because history suggests that young scientists, not well-connected graybeards, are the ones likeliest to do transformative new science.
USAToday: Crowds storm stores for Apple's next iPad
ANN: Viking settlement discovered in Norway - Experts have found a hitherto unknown Viking area with the aid of modern science and no shovels, reports say.

Medical and Health
BBC: Home care for elderly 'shocking' - The standards of care provided to the elderly in their home in the UK has been labelled "shocking and disgraceful" by the consumer group  Which?
MSNBC: Scientists say sex-starved flies drown their woes in alcohol  - Male flies blown off by the ladies turn to drink; study may shed light on human alcoholism
Independent: Health chief warns: age of safe medicine is ending - Antibiotic crisis will make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee could be fatal
Vitals: Amid controversy, health care law changes are under way
UPI: At worst, 20M may lose employer insurance
Chron: Feds to phase out funding for Women’s Health Program
The federal government Thursday sent a letter to Texas saying it has no choice but to phase out funding for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program.
That’s because the state has banned Planned Parenthood from participating in the program, which provides health screenings and contraceptives to nearly 130,000 low-income Texas women.

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CivilEats: Urban Farming For Profit
WaldenEffect: DIY electric fence wire holder
EatocracyCNN: 'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes
“Within a few minutes, I spot a rabbit and make my first kill with the bow and arrow. It’s not my usual clean shot through the eye, but I’ll take it,” says the narrator in “The Hunger Games.”
“The Hunger Games” is the wildly popular trilogy of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins – and the narrator is not a stereotypical camouflage-clad hunter; she’s a 16-year-old girl. 

Other News
CBSNews: Elderly woman strangled by clothes caught in escalator
BBC: Parent teachers - Why more black US families are opting for home schooling
BBC: 'Ugliest dog' in the world, Yoda, dies at 15
AOL: New Orleans Man Jumps Off Bridge To Avoid Taking DUI Test 
TheAtlantic: What 'Political Correctness' Is Like at an Israeli Airport 
CosmicLog: Video from Chile stirs up UFO buzz
(thanks to Targe and the Ozarker for this story!)

CBSNews: Mitt Romney: Obama to blame for high gas prices
Hosted: Signs of financial strain showing up for Romney
SFGate: Biden Attacks Republicans by Name in First Campaign Speech
NYT: Bain Capital Tied to Surveillance Push in China - As the Chinese government forges ahead on an effort to blanket the country with cameras, Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney.

TheLeafChronicle: Tennessee House Republicans call for rejection of UN agenda
YahooNews: Santorum Doesn't Seem to Mind Offending Puerto Rico - Campaigning in Puerto Rico, Rick Santorum doesn't show any signs that he wants to pander Wednesday, telling voters (erroneously) that they must declare English their only official language to achieve statehood.

TinfoilPalace: The Rare Earth Meme - Another Scarcity Hoax 

TinfoilPalace: Investigators suggest Whitney Houston murdered
TheOilAge: The price of war on US soldiers 
TheOilAge: U.S. cities see record-breaking temperatures 
HubbertsArms: Six Questions About the Nuclear Crisis in the Middle East 
HubbertsArms: Affordable Rent? - You're Out of Luck! 
SilentCountry: NOAA says La Nina coming to an end
SilentCountry: The TSA,Toilet Security Administration

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