Thursday, March 8, 2012

Breaking News March 8, 2012

Happy solar storm day!
A strong geomagnetic storm is racing from the Sun toward Earth, and its expected arrival on Thursday could affect power grids, airplane routes and space-based satellite navigation systems, U.S. space weather experts said.

If you get to see auroras, try and get some pics! Send me some and I'll be happy to post them, if the grid stays up that is. LOL
Also, this late story, Maybe we dodged yet another bullet?
LAT: Solar storm is a bit of a dud -- but wait, there's more to come

Also, thanks Ozarker for this link in particular. Hell, I'm not a Native American and I'm just outraged over it. What the Hell is wrong with us!

and a bone to pick with the article. They are "riled" over it. Excuse me? No, riled is what you get when your neighbor's dog craps in your yard. These folks ar outraged. Sometimes referred to as "righteous indignation."
the texas hunt site must have pulled the photo, but, I found it here.
IndianCountryToday: $13,500 to Kill Sacred White Buffalo in Texas—Can This Be True?

Much much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help today! This blog would not be the same without their tireless help in finding important article for us. Do support their blogs and their good work.
also, stop by the forums and see what mischief you can get into! Links at the bottom of the post.

IBTimes: Japan, One Year After the March 11 Tsunami: A Revisit (PHOTOS)
Atlantic: A Year After the Quake, a Rift in Japan's Musical Landscape 
After the March 11 crisis, pop went patriotic, YouTubers made protest songs, and indie got weird.  
Spiegel: 'It Was Like the Reactor Was in a Shaker': German Nuclear Inspectors Remember Fukushima
FuelFix: Japan kept silent on worst nuclear crisis scenario

Global Conflict
McClatchy: Israelis express relief at lack of news from Washington meetings
Reuters: U.S. probes allegations Afghan Air Force involved in drug running
CBSNews: Pentagon: Options in Syria are all hard
CNN: Crackdown continues in Syria despite high-level defection 
WSJ: Iran Steps Up Rights Abuses, U.N. Says 
UPI: Russia claims Libya training Syrian rebels 
VOA: Purported Syrian Minister Quits Regime 
CBSNews: Activists: Torture in Syrian hospitals 
RawStory: Army suicides rose 80% after start of Iraq War: study
Telegraph: 'Iran trying to remove nuclear detonator test evidence'
LegitGov: FBI director: Have to check whether targeted killing rule is outside US only
BBC: Syria deputy oil minister resigns to join opposition 
IBTimes: Yemen Must Address Security Concerns: UN 
FiscalTimes: Israel Seeks U.S 'Bunker Busters' 
Reuters: Israel asks U.S. for arms that could aid Iran strike 
NYT: Quest to Clarify Bin Laden’s Last Days Yields Vexing Accounts 
LAT: Syrian Christians worry about life after Bashar Assad 
NYT: Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy 
WSJ: Afghan Air Force Probed in Drug Running 
AlAkhbar: US will ensure Israel’s “military superiority”: Panetta
SeattleTimes: Iran's top leader welcomes Obama's remarks  - Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's top leader has welcomed comments by President Barack Obama pushing diplomacy and not war as a solution to Tehran's nuclear ambition.
CBSNews: Unfit to fight: U.S. Military battling obesity
Telegraph: Syria: diplomats fear rebels cannot defeat Assad - President Bashar al-Assad could survive for some time and the West does not have a "clear mechanism" for removing Syria's regime, senior Western diplomats conceded on Wednesday.

Thanks RJ!
Salon: The cost of America’s police state - At the height of the Occupy Wall Street evictions, it seemed as though some diminutive version of “shock and awe” had stumbled from Baghdad, Iraq, to Oakland, Calif. American police forces had been “militarized,” many commentators worried, as though the firepower and callous tactics on display were anomalies, surprises bursting upon us from nowhere. There should have been no surprise. Those flash grenades exploding in Oakland and the sound cannons on New York’s streets simply opened small windows onto a national policing landscape long in the process of militarization — a bleak domestic no man’s land marked by tanks and drones, robot bomb detectors, grenade launchers, tasers, and most of all, interlinked video surveillance cameras and information databases growing quietly on unobtrusive server farms everywhere. The ubiquitous fantasy of “homeland security,” pushed hard by the federal government in the wake of 9/11, has been widely embraced by the public. It has also excited intense weapons- and techno-envy among police departments and municipalities vying for the latest in armor and spy equipment.
TheNation: Foreclose the Banks - This spring, the Occupy movement plans to take on Bank of America in a protracted, multi-pronged campaign exposing the predatory nature of the giant lending institution’s common practices.

Hacker News
ArsTechnica: Google Chrome's winning streak fades at annual hacking contest
TomsGuide: FBI Warns of Impending Terror Cyberattack - While presenting the FBI's 2013 budget, director Robert Mueller told lawmakers to get ready for a terrorist cyberattack.
While the looming threat of a serious cyberattack on the nation is nothing new, the FBI seems to be a little extra jittery as of late, telling U.S. lawmakers to buckle down and get ready. The warning came as FBI Director Robert Mueller presented the FBI's 2013 budget to a House appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday. 

Domestic Financial News
Zerohedge: Central Bank Attempt To Sucker In Retail Investors Back Into Stocks Has Failed
Reuters: Jobless claims rise 8,000 last week 
ETFDaily: LIBOR Fraud Signals Beginning-of-the-End For BankstersZerohedge: Jim Grant Must Watch: "Capitalism Is An Alternative For What We Have Now"
CNNMoney: Wells Fargo to charge $7 fee on more checking accounts
AFP: Obama slams rivals over 'phony' $2 gas plans
WashingtonPost: The political failure that worsened the crisis
TheMoneyIllusion: House GOP calls for turning macroeconomic policy over to a cabal of unelected bankers, with instructions to ignore the jobless
Zerohedge: Oil Implications And Fed Policy - Oil is battling hard with Greece to top the tail-risk-du-jour in financial markets recently. As Credit Suisse notes, the US economy so far seems to have shrugged it off as 'gasoline-sensitive' economic data for Feb have ignored the price rise for now.
Economonitor: Finally, Proof (Real Proof, not Just Data) of What Inflation has done to Our Economy - Anyone who has ever risked blogging about inflation knows there are two kinds of commenters out there. First, there are those who are sure that inflation, although quiet lately, is poised for a big breakout that will destroy the economy. Second, there are those who are sure inflation has already done so, and that anyone who believes government data to the contrary is a real sucker. This post is for the benefit of the second group.
Zerohedge: January Consumer Credit Surges As Government Blows Student Debt Bubble To Epic Proportions
BusinessInsider: REPORT: The Government Wants The Jobs Report Protected Like It's A Nuclear Warhead
CalculatedRisk: Lawler: 31% of FHA loans in negative equity 
Zerohedge: Guest Post: Our "Let's Pretend" Economy: Let's Pretend Student Loans Are About Education Let's pretend student loans aren't just a stupendous and highly profitable scam being run on the youth of America. Of course pretending doesn't make it so.
MyBudget360: The crisis of solvency – peak debt, peak food stamp usage, and massive financial deception by media. The faux economy of solving a solvency issue with more debt. Job postings up but hiring flat. 
CNNMoney: Golden idea: Quit and start an elder care business
Reuters: Whistleblower says BofA defrauded HAMP
CreditWritedowns: Chart of the Day: Growth!
McClatchy: Study: older workers are exiting fast, shrinking the labor force
USAToday: Consumer borrowing nearly at pre-recession levels
MSNBC: Banking sector enjoys best year since 2006 - Economic recovery means fewer bad loans but only modest lending growth
Reuters: Fed mulling sterilized bond purchases: report
FT: The Real Cost of Living: $150,000 Minimum
CNNMoney: IRS offers relief to unemployed taxpayers
Reuters: Oil, gas industry created 9 percent of new U.S. jobs in 2011:WEF
Time: Unemployment Applications Rise Slightly; Overall Levels Remain Low
WSJ: Consumer Most Upbeat Since Fall 2008, RBC Survey Says 
STToday: Drop in unemployment tied to aging labor force

Global Financial News
CalculatedRisk: Thursday: Another Key Day for Greece - "Another key day" seems like a broken record, but tomorrow is the deadline for the €206bn private sector Greek bond swap.
Alternet: Apple, Foxconn Scandal Highlights Exploitation Of Chinese Workers By Foreign Firms
NYT: In Athens, Austerity’s Ugliness - In the United States, Republicans lambaste President Obama’s stimulus package as a failure and insist on bone-crunching budget-cutting. If you want to know how well that works, come visit Europe — especially Greece
Zerohedge: European Banks Now Face Huge Margin Calls As ECB Collateral Crumbles
Spiegel: Vacation Crisis: Greece and Egypt Try to Woo Back German Tourists - Two popular destinations for German tourists, Greece and Egypt, have been hit hard by their recent economic and political crises.
IBTimes: Forbes' List of Billionaires for 2012: Who Did Not Make It?
Zerohedge: Ex-ECB's Juergen Stark Says ECB's Balance Sheet "Gigantic", Collateral Quality "Shocking"
CNNMoney: Greece's debt swap looks like it might work
Reuters: ECB holds rates at 1.0 percent as prospects brighten
RawStory: U.S. sees Vatican as potential money laundering hub - The US State Department for the first time listed the Vatican as potentially vulnerable to money laundering, along with 67 other countries.The department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy report listed the Vatican as a “jurisdiction of concern” along with countries like Albania, the Czech Republic, Egypt, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Yemen.It said the Holy See appears for the “first time” in the annual report.
Zerohedge: Do they Think We Are Stupid? “Mr. Vaporized” of MF Global Scandal Unmasked?
WSJ: Does China’s Forex Policy Beggar Its Neighbors?
Peak Oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: 10th ASPO Conference Program
EnergyBulletin: No number crunching in Alan Kohler opinion piece on premature peak oil death
SmartPlanet: Oil demand shift: Asia takes over
America, Europe: Get in the back seat. Someone else wants to drive.
The realization that oil prices aren’t about them anymore has been slow to dawn on Americans after a century of being the world’s swing consumers. But the fact is that the world’s developing economies have been outbidding the developed OECD countries for oil since 2005. Some time this year, non-OECD oil demand will overtake OECD demand, and they will stay in the driver’s seat for the remainder of oil’s reign as the lifeblood of the global economy.
FuelFix: Gasoline prices drop across the nation
CNNMoney: Obama makes alternative-fuel vehicle push
FT: Green and Wasteful: The High Cost of Clean Energy

ETFDaily: Hey Silver Bugs, Start Buying NOW! 
Mineweb: REPORT: The Government Wants The Jobs Report Protected Like It's A Nuclear Warhead
ETFDaily: Silver Watch: Monitoring March Confluence Support In Silver Prices
M 5.1, Mindoro, Philippines
M 4.7, off the east coast of Honshu, JapanCosmicLog: Quake experts upgrade their alerts
CNet: Five things you should know about solar storms
TheCave: Dutchsinse | 3/8/2012 -- Midwest severe weather outbreak -- ANOTHER STORM OUT WEST
Hosted: Biggest solar storm in years races toward Earth
Grist: Entire nation of Kiribati has to move to avoid rising seas - By Sarah Parsons The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is moving up in the world — but not in the good way.
NOC: Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population
Treehugger: Man Installs Wood Stove in Car to Fight Cold Snap (Video) 
ThinkProgress: Debunking The Error-Riddled Wall Street Journal Editorial on Wind Energy
BlacklistedNews: Report: Chance of a Catastrophic Solar Storm Is 1 in 8; Would Take Down Power Grid, Food Transportation, Water Utilities, Financial Systems
ireport: Severe floods and mudslides in Hawaii March 6, 2012 

America in Decline
Exonomix: Teachers, Unhappy in Their Work - Over the course of the Great Recession and its aftermath, school district budgets have been ravaged while 270,000 teachers and other public school employees have lost their jobs.
MSNBC: Election, economy spark explosive growth of militias
 Screen shot from a training video used by the Christian militia group Hutaree in March 2010. The group was allegedly preparing for a battle with the Antichrist, whom they believed would be supported by local, state and federal officials. Nine were arrested and charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then kill scores more by attacking a funeral using homemade bombs.
"The increase has just been astounding," said Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the SPLC report. "The reality is that many of these groups are becoming more and more fearful that Barack Obama will win the re-election. You can see the anger rising along with that fear."
LeftWingNutJob: Americas Poor: Extreme poverty has DOUBLED in the last 15 years
Wired: Stun, Spray, Shoot! New Less-Lethal Weapon Does It All
From underwater stun guns to burning-hot pain rays, the Pentagon has plenty of far-out ideas for a trove of futuristic less-lethal weapons. But it looks like one American inventor might have outdone the entire military.
That inventor, named Joel Braun, came up with a less-lethal mashup that stuns, shoots, blinds and sprays its targets.
Braun’s system, described in a patent approved last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is called the “Non-Lethal Weapon Mount With Modular Weapon Components.” It combines four of the most common less-lethal weapons technologies: stun guns, disabling sprays like mace, non-lethal bullets and blinding light. Users can choose from the menu of nonlethal options and unleash them solo or in painful combinations in a matter of seconds.

CommonDreams: Controversial Abdominal Ultrasound Bill Passed in Virginia

FiscalTimes: Senate Gripped by Paralysis
NYT: Texas Women’s Clinics Retreat as Finances Are Cut
HuffingtonPost: Utah Passes Bill Prohibiting Talk Of Homosexuality In Schools
The Utah state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow schools to drop sex education, prohibit instruction on how to use contraception, and prohibit discussion of homosexuality in class,The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Guardian: So, Eric Holder, we should just trust that the president won’t assassinate us?
WE, as a nation of citizens, are in deep trouble. Thanks RJ for this sobering story from NYT
NYT: ‘Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?’ - Somehow the uncle, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his Life Alert pendant. The Life Alert operator came on the loudspeaker in his one-bedroom apartment, asking: “Mr. Chamberlain, are you O.K.?” All of this is recorded. Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door. They fired electric charges from Tasers, and beanbags from shotguns. Then they said they saw Mr. Chamberlain grab a knife, and an officer fired his handgun. Boom! Boom! Mr. Chamberlain’s niece Tonyia Greenhill, who lives upstairs, recalls the echoes ricocheting about the hall. She pushed out a back door and ran into the darkness beneath overarching oaks. He lay on the floor near his kitchen, two bullet holes in his chest, blood pooling thick, dying.
EndOfTheAmericanDream: 35 Shocking Statistics That Prove That Things Have Gotten Worse In America
BaselineScenerio: The Koch Brothers, The Cato Institute, And Why Nations Fail

Food and Water
ThinkProgress: Brutal Droughts, Worsened By Global Warming, Threaten Food Production Around The World

Science and Technology
I love this story, thanks Ozarker! LOL (Keystone cops indeed!)
Gizmodo: Police Drone Crashes into Police
 BlacklistedNews: Control dangerous AI before it controls us, one expert says
PopSci: To Show Us All the Winds of Space, NASA Will Launch Five Rockets at the Same Time
ScientificAmerican: One Thing Is Certain: Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Is Not Dead
Atlantic: What Tech Journalists Talked About in 1876
MSNBC: Twisty dust devil captured on Mars 

MSNBC: Scientists see 'endgame' for subatomic quest - Fermilab reports spotting probable signs of Higgs boson, just as CERN did

Medical and Health
Cryptogon: Indian Slums Provide Pharmaceutical Companies with Endless Supply of Human Guinea Pigs
CBSNews: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs Virginia ultrasound bill
NewScientist: Symptoms of late-stage Alzheimer's can be delayed
Alternet: Murkowski: GOP Has Spun Out Of Control On Contraception
WhatCounts: FDA searches McLeod Cancer and Blood Center for counterfeit meds
ScientificAmerican: Biopsies Found to Provide Only a Snapshot of Tumor Diversity
Vitals: 1 in 7 with Alzheimer's or other dementia lives alone, report finds
Vitals: New melanoma treatment -- a turning point against cancer?
TheChart: Maryland flu deaths mysterious
Vitals: New hope for kids with brittle bone disease
CNN: Scientists offer a glimpse of life without immune-suppressing drugs

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CityFarmer: Voice of America: The Appeal of Urban Farming
NoTechMagazine: Dog Sulkies: Pet Powered Mobility 
 (I wonder how many chihuahuas it would take...oh, nevermind. LOL)
my preference is this. Goats will eat weeds. :D
GoatConnection: Driving - Cart Goat Projects 
BackdoorSurvival: Getting Prepared Month 6: Fitness, Energy Bars and Face Masks
WaldenEffect: Preparing a pear tree to be topworked 
WSJ: Backyard Greenhouse: New Woman Cave? (that's what mine is! LOL it's my woman cave!)
ModernSurvival: Earth’s Shield Struggling With Huge Sunspot Radiation
ModernSurvival: Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw 
CanadianDoomer: Pantry Challenge Day 7 
PreppingToSurvive: Please Burglarize Me! - Think back to grade school or middle school for a minute. Do you remember the “Kick Me!” prank? 

Other News
Cryptogon: Letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell About 1984
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds. 
IBTimes: Jews Celebrate Purim, the Festival of Survival [PHOTOS]
WashingtonPost: How to completely, utterly destroy an employee's work life
Reuters: Family of Florida boy killed by Neighborhood Watch seeks arrest
DailyMail: ‘She was the mom next door’: Banker who ‘worked with Manhattan madam’ defends woman accusing of making $10MILLION from selling call girls to the rich and famous
Time: Why Hungary's Far-Right Party Is Attracting Young PeopleIn Hungary, fears over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's increasingly autocratic government have created a new generation of politically active young
Reuters: Insight: Public schools sell empty classroom seats abroad
LAT: A Laguna Beach craftsman has a passion for clocks - Dean Armentrout repairs clocks. To him, they are puzzles to be solved, heartbeats to be revived.
Alternet: Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? Because Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of the War on Drugs
MSNBC: Recommended: Dramatic end in Tulsa courthouse shooting spree
Guardian: Joseph Kony documentary makes move from social media to mainstream TV
DetroitNews: Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power
Guardian: Exxon in spotlight after Papua New Guinea landslide - The mountain disaster has raised questions about the global energy industry's scramble for ever harder-to-reach resources

Grist: Dennis Kucinich, eco-darling and vegan, ousted from Congress
CBSNews: McCain worried about November
DailyBail: VIDEO - Rand Paul Introduces Amendment To Force Former Elected Officials To Forfeit ALL Benefits If They Become Lobbyists
RawStory: Wisconsin’s ‘Defeat the Recall’ campaign largely funded by out-of-state donors
SunTimes: GOP insiders think convention fight only hope for Santorum, Gingrich
DailyKos: The Mitt Romney as robot theory 
TriCities: Low turnout means $9 per vote cast in presidential primary in Bristol, Va. 
NPR: Is 'Game Change' Fair To Sarah Palin? You Betcha. 

TinfoilPalace: Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases.
TinfoilPalace: ALERT! Incoming! That X-5 Flare is shaping up to be a Doozy 

TheOilAge: NSA Base In U.K. Grows Massively 
TheOilAge: Biggest Solar Storm in 5 years hitting now 
HubbertsArms: Flu-like Death Cluster In Calvert County Maryland  
HubbertsArms: Greece could default within hours
SilentCountry: China attacks the dollar 

SilentCountry: For women: rediscovering self-induced abortion methods

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