Monday, March 26, 2012

Breaking News Mon. March 26, 2012

It's Monday! Just like I planned it. LOL
hope everyone had a great weekend! You'll notice that the blog is posting later in the day now to accommodate  our gardening activities better and also, it will help to catch the market close and other news that crops up in the late afternoon.
I hope that new folks visiting will also take a moment to visit the forums linked at the bottom of this blog post. If you are looking for your friends from the old LATOC forum, I'll bet you'll find them in one of those forums!
and now....

From UnrepentantCowboy

It ain't about the bomb

I tire of hearing lying pricks like Obama and Santorum trying to scare us with Iran the boogeyman. It ain't about Iran building a bomb. It's that Iran wants to sidestep the petrodollar.
 Don has always had a way of cutting to the heart of a matter with his writing, and his short piece today is no different. He knows what he's talking about. Do take a moment and drop by his blog and say hello.

 I'm putting news from Japan in the Environmental news section and have moved Peak Oil news up here above Global Conflict. Kind of makes sense doesn't it?
Oh, and one more thing, look at the poem BenjaminTheDonkey wrote! It's about the blog!  If you love limericks, and who doesn't, you really need to go visit Ben's amazing blog. He's been writing limericks for..ever, and he's damn good at it. They are like little nested boxes, each box containing a gem of truth and understanding.
Go explore some of Ben's work, and tell him hello! Limericks of Doom

"End Of Empire News Blog"
While headed for doom on life’s cruise,
There’s up-to-date news you can use:
The reality views
Which you may peruse
At the “End of Empire News.”

Thank you Ben. That really made my day.

Much thanks also to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer , and to Doug at 3Es News and David at ETF Daily, for their help today! These good friends help make this blog what it is so do, go by and help support their efforts and hard work.

Peak Oil and Energy News
Soaring Oil price & weakening US economy-On the Edge with Max Keiser-03-23-2012
Reuters: Politics stymie Gulf's hope of sharing Qatari gas - Gas demand in Gulf rising rapidly  But politics hinder regional pipeline project
IBTimes: Senate To Vote Monday To Axe Big Oil Tax Incentives
Reuters: Murky data makes oil trading tricky - Oil markets are difficult to read at the best of times, but what if key data point in different directions and even the world's biggest producer and main consumer can't agree?
ETFDaily: Why The Natural Gas Act Is Just Another Washington Boondoggle? 
EarlyWarning: US Well Footage Stats
The EIA has stats on the total footage of wells drilled for oil and gas exploration and development in the US. I made the graph above from this data showing the number of millions of feet of well drilled. Green is for oil, red is for gas, and grey is dry holes. Dotted is exploration (trying to find new fields), whereas solid is for development wells (getting the hydrocarbons out of known fields).Unfortunately, the data only go through 2008. Still a few interesting features stand out of the data:
CalcutaNews: Pakistan considering allowing petrol imports from India | Calcutta News.Net: Pakistan is expected to bring out a notification next month allowing import of certain goods, including petrol and food items from India, Energy Secretary Ejaz Chaudhry has said.
Yahoo: Oil gains as Bernanke comments hit dollar - Oil prices edged higher on Monday as bearish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke were seen as increasing the probability of further growth-boosting quantitative easing, pushing the dollar lower.
EnergyBulletin: UK Oil: Plummeting production vs media inattention - This article was inspired by the disjuncture between a UK government document which reveals the stunning decline in UK oil production, as opposed to British media inattention to this worrisome development.
The website of Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) states, “Total indigenous UK production of crude oil and NGLs in the third quarter of 2011 was 22.7 per cent lower than a year…. For the first time since quarterly records began, imports of crude oil exceeded indigenous production” (p. 20).
Economix: The Nurture of Nuclear Power - Remember the brouhaha about $563 million in Obama administration loan guarantees to Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that went belly up last fall? Neither President Obama nor Republicans in Congress have voiced opposition to an expected $8.3 billion Energy Department guarantee to help the Southern Company, a utility giant, build nuclear reactors in Georgia.
OilPrice: Several Reasons Why Gasoline Prices are so High
Reuters: Saudi to fill in for any Iran disruption: IEA  - Saudi Arabia will be able to pump enough oil to compensate for any loss of Iranian output caused by Western sanctions, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. "There is no fear of disruption of supplies and you know Saudi Arabia is going to bring more oil to the market," Maria van der Hoeven, the executive director of the agency that advises developed nations, said while attending an Asia Gas Partnership conference in New Delhi.

Global Conflict
HindustaniTimes: May shoot down North Korea rocket, says South - Seoul warned on Monday that it might shoot down parts of a North Korean rocket that violate South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit. Nearly 60 world leaders gathered on Monday in Seoul
to talk about ways to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists.
WSJ: China May Harden Tone on North Korea Harper joins nuclear summit as N. Korea tension mounts 
McClatchy: Obama urges North Korea, Iran to drop nuclear programs
McClatchy: U.S.-led talks with Taliban going nowhere, report says
Today: Afghan massacre suspect's wife: 'He did not do this'
Guardian: Toulouse gunman's brother under investigation as suspected accomplice
NYT: U.S. Plans No Disciplinary Charges in Strike That Killed 24 Pakistanis - American officials, finding a chain of mistakes by both sides, have decided no service members will face disciplinary charges in a November.
NYT: Obama Visits Troops at Korean DMZ
Guardian: Obama caught on mic telling Medvedev to give US 'space' on nuclear issue 
BBC: Annan is 'last chance' for Syria
IBTimes: US Pays Massacre Victims' Kin $860,000

IBTimes: Obama Warns North Korea Against Rocket Launch
BBC: Medvedev: Syria's 'last chance to avoid bloody civil war'
CNN: French gunman's brother charged
VOA: US President Peers Into North Korea
CNN: Siege gunman's brother 'outraged' at charges 
BBC: Israel ends contact with UN Human Rights Council  - Israel has cut working relations with the UN Human Rights Council, officials say, after it decided to investigate Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The foreign ministry has reportedly told its envoy in Geneva not to co-operate with the council or with UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.
ABC: China concerned by N Korea nuclear plans 
SeattleTimes: Obama: N. Korean rocket test would isolate regime  - Warning North Korea from its doorstep, President Barack Obama said Pyongyang risks deepening its isolation in the international community if it proceeds with a planned long-range rocket launch. (oh yes, isolation, that'll scare 'em, they can't handle isolation!)
SeattleTimes: Officials: Pakistani Taliban training Frenchmen - Dozens of French Muslims are training with the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, raising fears of future attacks following the shooting deaths of seven people in southern France allegedly by a man who spent time in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday. 
CNN: Are all innocent victims equal? 
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Do these names mean anything to you?

Mohammad Dawood Abdullah
Khudaidad Mohmmad Jama
Nazar Mohammad Taj Mohammad
Sahtarina Sultan Mohammad
Zuhra Abdul Hameed
Nazia Doost Mohammad
Mosooma Mohammad Wazir
Farida Mohammad Wazir
Palwasha Mohammad Wazir
Nabia Mohammad Wazir
Asmatullah Mohammad Wazir
Faizullah Mohammad Wazir
Esa Mohammad Mohammad Husain
Akhtar Mohammad Murad Ali

Probably not.
BBC: Obama and Medvedev caught in unguarded missile remarks
LegitGov: Iraq locks down Baghdad before Arab summit
ExtinctionProtocol: Storm clouds of nuclear war gathering on horizon: Iran threatens ‘total annihilation’ of Israel if it attacks
Time: Is Netanyahu Dreaming in Cuban on Iran? - Netanyahu drawing its own red line at Iran having the capacity to build a nuclear weapon 
USAToday: Attacker in Afghan uniform kills 3 NATO troops
JerusalemPost: UNHRC: Israeli withdrawal from council would be regrettable

Reuters: Police arrest 14 in two New York Occupy protests
IBTimes: Occupy Wall Street March in New York [PHOTOS]
YahooNews: Occupy marchers protest against New York police - Several hundred Occupy Wall Street activists marched through Manhattan on Saturday to protest against what they say is police repression as they try to revive their movement.
NOC: OWS Activist Cecily McMillan Describes Seizure, Bodily Injuries in Arrest by NYPD

Domestic Financial News
Cryptogon: Visa’s Secret Data Center - Prisons are easier to enter than Visa’s top-secret Operations Center East, its biggest, newest and most advanced U.S. data center.
Zerohedge: The Fed Is Losing The "Race To Debase"
Reuters: Wall Street climbs 1 percent as Bernanke comments support
CNNMoney: Memo sparks questions about Corzine, MF Global 
WallStreetExaminer: Corzine Theft is Going to be the Best Show Since Watergate - Finally after five months of investigations comes the Jon Corzine MF Global bombshell Friday [Bloomberg: Corzine Ordered Funds Moved to JP Morgan].
ScientificAmerican: Can Radical Efficiency Revive U.S. Manufacturing? - Industry has long formed the foundation of America's economy, from before the first Ford Model T factory to the military-industrial complex that grew out of two world wars to the robust economic growth and high-tech innovation that followed. And whereas U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a resurgence, its old foundation—built on cheap fossil fuels and plentiful electricity—is showing cracks.
CalculatedRisk: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 949 Institutions - This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources
CreditWritedowns: It’s a Dead-Man-Walking Economy
Zerohedge: The First Crack: $270 Billion In Student Loans Are At Least 30 Days Delinquent
CBSNews: Sergio Marchionne: Saving Chrysler
CNNMoney: Bernanke: Job gains present economic 'puzzle'
Zerohedge: Presenting The US Economy's Coming Fiscal Cliff 
BusinessInsider: The Current Job Market Comparted to the Pre-Recession Job Market
FiscalTimes: The American Dream Is Fading, Even for Millionaires - The recovering economy and booming stock market helped mint 200,000 more millionaires in the U.S. last year – but even those wealthy Americans are worried about the future.
ETFDaily: The U.S. Prison-Cell Economy - Jeff Nielson:  Every month, the U.S. propaganda machine plays the same game in the housing sector. It announces “new home starts”. Then a few days later it announces “new home sales”. But it never, ever, ever talks about the two numbers in the same news item.
CalculatedRisk: Bernanke: Labor Market "remain far from normal"
TPM: Ryan Promises To Close Tax Loopholes, But Won’t Say Which - Appearing on two Sunday talk shows, the GOP’s top budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan promised to close enough loopholes to pay for the large tax cuts in his budget blueprint unveiled last week — but he repeatedly refused to specify any.
MotherJones: Ridiculous Ways States Are Trying to Fix Their Broken Budgets - Faced with empty coffers, desperate governors and state lawmakers will try just about anything to improve their cash flow.
WashingtonPost: Banks’ preemptive strike against Dodd-Frank - When Deutsche Bank reorganized its U.S. operations this week in response to new banking rules, it was the latest manifestation of what both supporters and opponents of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul predicted would happen: The law has pushed big banks to reorganize — to comply with the new rules on Wall Street, as well as to avoid their impact
LibertyStreetEconomics: Prospects for the U.S. Labor Market
Zerohedge: Fed's Easing Efforts Having Less And Less Impact As Macro Seasonals Turn Negative Disposable Income Growth Is At Recessionary Level - No matter how much goes right for the economy — solid job gains, a booming stock market, a mild winter — growth continues to disappoint. The puzzle can be explained to a large extent by one simple data point: real disposable income.
BusinessWire: Fitch: U.S. Student Loan ABS Resistant to Default Rates - Fitch believes most student loan asset-backed securities (ABS) transactions remain well protected due to the government guarantee on Family Federal Education Program (FFELP) loans. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently reported that as many as 27% of all student loan borrowers are more than 30 days past due. Recent estimates mark outstanding student loans at $900 billion- $1 trillion.
CuriousCapitalist: Where the Fed’s Profits Come From
WSJ: Fed’s Plosser: ‘Much Easier to Cut Rates Than Raise Them’ - The U.S. economy is on track to grow as much as 3% and unemployment to fall below 8% this year, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said Monday

Global Financial News
Zerohedge: Things That Make You Go Hmmm... Such As A "Fiscally Credible" UK And Its Upcoming 100 Year Gilts
BBC: PM angry at cash-for-access boast - Prime Minister David Cameron denounces the party's former treasurer for boasting a big enough donation could lead to high-level access,
BBC: South Korea nuclear summit focuses on curbing terrorism
Spiegel: SPIEGEL Interview with Tomas Sedlacek: 'Greed is the Beginning of Everything' -  (yeah, like the beginning of the end.)
In a SPIEGEL interview, Czech economist Tomas Sedlacek discusses morality in the current crisis and why he believes an economic policy that only pursues growth will always lead to debt. Those who don't know how to handle it, he argues, end up in a medieval debtor's prison, as the Greeks are experiencing today. 
Marketwatch: Trichet warns of "behavioral contagion" - Jean-Claude Trichet, the former president of the European Central Bank, said Saturday that he is worried that controversial quantitative easing and other nontraditional steps that global central banks have taken since the financial crisis could be here to stay.
CalculatedRisk: Report: Germany to allow increase to "Firewall" - Senior European officials ... would allow the €440bn [EFSF] ... to keep running when a new permanent €500bn fund, called the European Stability Mechanism, starts up in the middle of this year.
Reuters: Nervous banks hold back Europe's revival strategy
Guardian: Jim Yong Kim announced as Obama's surprise nominee for World Bank head - Dartmouth College president and South Korean native tapped as head of World Bank, which has usually been led by an American
NYT: European Leaders Warn Against Backsliding on Spending Cuts
Spiegel: 'Dire' Market Conditions  - GM Reportedly Closing Two European Plants 
Zerohedge: Chinese Business Media Cautions Japanese Bond Bubble Is Ready To Burst, Anticipates 40% Yen Devaluation

Zerohedge: Futures, Precious Metals Soar As Bernanke Says More "Accommodative" Policies Needed, Hints At "The New QE"
ETFDaily: Does The SPDR Gold Trust Really Hold Physical Gold, Or Is It A Scam? 
Mineweb: Canadian miner bags Romania's biggest copper mine
ETFDailyNews: Stealth Bottom Coming In Gold Mining Stocks 

M 6.0, northern East Pacific Rise
M 5.7, Southwest Indian Ridge BBC: Spring sunshine sets Scots record
OrionMagazine: Breaking Up with the Sierra Club - Long-time friend and Orion columnist Sandra Steingraber has been particularly vocal about the dangers of fracking. Her columns in recent issues of the magazine have frequently been dedicated to the issue; and last year, after receiving a Heinz Award for her work, Steingraber donated the cash prize to the fight against fracking in her home state of New York. In February, Time magazine broke the news that the Sierra Club, an old and respected environmental defender, had, for three years, accepted $25 million from Chesapeake Energy, one of the largest gas-drillers in the world. (In 2010, Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s new executive director, refused further donations from the company.) The story prompted Steingraber to write an open letter to the Club, posted below. We invite you to read the letter, which testifies to the confusion, fear, and outrage that’s pouring out of communities in gasland—but which is also, importantly, a bold call to courage.
Grist: Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch
ScienceDaily: Extreme weather of last decade part of larger pattern linked to global warming
In 2011 alone, the US was hit by 14 extreme weather events which caused damages exceeding one billion dollars each -- in several states the months of January to October were the wettest ever recorded. Japan also registered record rainfalls, while the Yangtze river basin in China suffered a record drought. Similar record-breaking events occurred also in previous years. In 2010, Western Russia experienced the hottest summer in centuries, while in Pakistan and Australia record-breaking amounts of rain fell. 2003 saw Europe´s hottest summer in at least half a millennium. And in 2002, the weather station of Zinnwald-Georgenfeld measured more rain in one day than ever before recorded anywhere in Germany -- what followed was the worst flooding of the Elbe river for centuries.
YahooNews: Monster titanoboa snake invades New York 
March 26 News: Climate Change May Bring Vampire Bats Northward Toward Texas
Statesman: Texas officials OK radioactive waste dump - Radioactive waste from dozens of states could soon be buried in a Texas dump near the New Mexico border after state officials gave final approval Friday to rules allowing the shipments.
USNews: March has meant 6,000 weather records broken
 We've seen an amazing, historic run of record warmth in March 2012. It's been the talk of towns from Minnesota and Michigan to Tennessee and Georgia for a couple of weeks now.
ScienceDaily: Some Gulf dolphins severely ill after Gulf oil spill 
Worldnews: Venice sinking five times faster than thought? - ROME -- Venice appears to have more nicknames than street names. It’s known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," the "City of Water," "City of Masks," "City of Bridges," "The Floating City," and "City of Canals."
But is Venice destined to become "The Divers' Paradise" much faster than we thought? New research by U.S. scientists suggests it is sinking more than five times faster than experts in Venice believe.
TheAtlantic: Japan in Uproar Over Censorship of Emperor's Anti-Nuclear Speech
DesdemonaDespair: Fukushima Prefecture deleted 5 days of radiation dispersion data just after meltdowns
ExtinctionProtocol: Fault dangers: Sunday’s 3.1 tremor triggers ‘unusual event’ at Virgina’s North Anna nuclear plant
NoTechMagazine: Velomobiling
NYT: Court Reverses E.P.A., Saying Big Mining Project Can Proceed

America in Decline
AtlantaProgressive: SB 469 Would Make Civil Disobedience a Felony in Georgia - Atlanta Progressive News -- SB 469, an anti-union and anti-protest bill, would turn nonviolent civil disobedience into a felony punishable by imprisonment for one year and a fine of ten thousand dollars for organizations and one thousand dollars for individuals. It also has provisions intended to weaken unions.
MyBudget360: Retirees face a perilous financial decade ahead – Over 30 percent of workers have less than $1,000 saved for retirement. Defined-benefit plans down to 20 percent from over 60 percent in 1983.
CharlesHughSmith: Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 1: Our One Last Chance to Preserve the Bill of Rights
Krugman: Creepy Cronyism - Just a small note about today’s column: doing the research, I found myself feeling as if I had turned over a rock and found a lot of creepy-crawly things underneath. This is really upsetting stuff.Look, in particular, at the semi-secret history of the Arizona immigration law. A legislator goes into a closed-door meeting with corporations, including a big operator of private prisons, and soon afterwards submits legislation that … sends lots of people to those private prisons.If you read the corrections to that report, you see that ALEC and/or its clients went over the piece with a fine-toothed comb to find anything that they could attack; sure, you can’t prove that Corrections Corporation of America inspired the law, or that ALEC lobbied for it. Hey, it could all be a coincidence. But this is really, really creepy — and scary. Food Stamp Use in L.A. Pauses At the Million Mark, Awaiting Oil's Next Move - For the first time in several years, the rate of growth in Los Angeles County food stamp use has slowed. That’s little consolation however given that total participation zoomed from just above 600,000 to over 1,000,000 people since the onset of the financial crisis.
TheNation: This Week in Poverty: Paul Ryan's Focus on Dignity
“Promoting the natural rights and the inherent dignity of the individual must be the central focus of all government.”
That’s what Congressman Paul Ryan wrote earlier this month in an exclusive commentary for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. This week, he revealed exactly where his laser-like focus on dignity would lead this nation. He released his budget proposal, as clear a statement of one’s principles and priorities as there is in politics.
Here are the results, and they’re not pretty. Nation readers with young children should probably ask them to leave the room before reading onward.
(here's a bit of epic asshattery from our intrepid Ozarker, you can't make this stuff up!)
RHRealityCheck: Wisconsin Lawmaker: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband - If you need any further proof that we are in the midst of a full-on patriarchal biblical-religious war on women, a Wisconsin lawmaker is happy to provide it.
and also, this nugget from RJ
NowPublic: Alaska Rep. Alan Dick: Women Should Ask Permission for Abortion? | NowPublic News Coverage: In yet another shocking attack on women’s reproductive rights, Alaska state Representative Alan Dick, a Republican, is arguing that women should have to ask men’s permission before undergoing abortion procedures.
OldPostGazette: Frack party! After he proposed slashing the state education budget by $2 billion, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett suggested the state university system open up six of its campuses to natural-gas extraction.
The Republican governor's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts in July would cut $2 billion from education and reduce aid to colleges and universities by 50 percent.
GlobalPublicSquare: Incarceration nation –  “Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America - more than 6 million - than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”Is this hyperbole? Here are the facts. The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in most other developed countries but seven to 10 times as many.

Food and Water
Grist: Court orders FDA to regulate antibiotics in livestock
Star-Telegram: Watering restrictions could become permanent in DFWIf the mayors of four North Texas cities have their way, twice-a-week watering restrictions may become the norm for almost all of the Metroplex.
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News March 2012
RawStory: U.S. ‘pink slime’ factories shut down amid outcry

Internet and Online Privacy News  
ArsTechnica: Facebook asserts trademark on word “book” in new user agreement
TechnoLog: Is your TV watching you? Latest models raise concerns - Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition.
FiscalTimes: FTC Pushes Online Privacy

Science and Technology
SingularityHub: TacoCopter – Tacos Delivered Straight to Your Home With GPS Guided Quadcopters
SciTechTalk: Physical, psychiatric issues face multiyear space voyagers 
BlacklistedNews: Exploding H-Bombs In Space: Operation Starfish Prime - Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will:
WashingtonPost: James Cameron becomes first solo explorer to reach the deepest point on Earth
ScienceDaily: Materials Inspired by Mother Nature: One-Pound Boat That Could Float 1,000 Pounds  - Combining the secrets that enable water striders to walk on water and give wood its lightness and great strength has yielded an amazing new material so buoyant that, in everyday terms, a boat made from 1 pound of the substance could carry five kitchen refrigerators, about 1,000 pounds. 
MSNBC: James Cameron completes journey to deepest spot on Earth 
ArsTechnica: Why black (or blue, or red) plants might be the key to finding life beyond Earth
CosmicLog: Mysterious cloud spotted on Mars
 Amateur astronomers are puzzling over a seemingly anomalous cloud that has shown up on images of Mars taken over the past few days. Is it really a cloud, or a trick of the eye? Does it really extend 150 miles up from the surface, as some of the observers suggest? And what churned up all that stuff, anyway? The amateurs and the pros will be trying to resolve those questions before the phenomenon fades away.
PopSci: Video: At 800 Pounds and 45 Feet Long, The Largest-Ever Paper Airplane Takes Flight
Wired: Moon Rock Analysis Casts Doubt on Lunar Origins
ANN: Dig uncovers pottery made by ancestors of Iroquois

Medical and Health
Must read article from the Kunstler today!
Kunstler: Matrix of Rackets
Then I trotted obediently down the hall to the phlebotomy parlor (another windowless closet), and gave more blood for the B-12 test. Dr. X appeared briefly in the doorway and handed me a slip of paper with the name of a osteopath-naturopath in town who might better entertain my particular health concerns. One thing I didn't mention to Dr. X during this incident - nor did I mention it in last week's blog - was the fact that my girlfriend (a professional librarian and crack researcher) had discovered a website that disclosed payments from pharmaceutical companies to doctors. Dr. X, evidently, had scored about $200,000 total over a recent 18-month period, including about 20-K from Astra Zenica. I didn't bring it up with Dr N in the exam room because I did not want to turn the office visit into an adversarial event, and there's no question he would have gone batshit. But there you have it, now, like so much meat flopped out in the table.
YourLife: Few US cities are ready for aging baby boomer population
RawStory: Woman discovers Victorian-era medical devices in her outhouse - A Colorado archeologist made some startling discoveries in her backyard’s outhouse this past weekend, finding parts to a Model-T car, alcohol bottles from the Prohibition Era, and a syringe.
USAToday: 3 epic days: Health care law reaches high court
Businessweek: Obamacare Has Already Transformed U.S. Health Care - More than one of every four Americans last year received a free mammogram, colonoscopy, or flu shot, thanks to a federal law that many of them despise. Roughly 3.6 million Medicare recipients saved an average of $604 as the same law began closing a gap in their prescription drug coverage. And 2.5 million young adults were allowed to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until their 26th birthday. DoctorTipster: Study Sheds Light On Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (Preeclampsia)
ScienceDaily: Genetics of flu susceptibility: Why the flu is life-threatening for some, and quite mild for others
ScienceDaily: Antioxidant Surprise: Some Can Damage DNA
MSNBC: In praise of germs: Why common bugs are necessary for kidsLAT: Supreme Court appears unlikely to put off healthcare ruling 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: 10 Things You Should (Not Necessarily) Always Buy in Bulk
ModernSurvivalBlog: Candles: Lowest Cost Per Hour
CityFarmer: Down on the (city) farm in London
WaldenEffect: Anna: Pros and cons of starting vegetables inside
TransitionVoice: Ackerman and McPherson dialog: Practical paths to a post-carbon lifestyle  
TechReview: How Coöperation Can Slow Emergency Evacuations - Want to get out of a burning building but can't see an exit? Don't follow the crowd, say complexity scientists who have modeled the behavior of mass evacuations.
Last year, a group from Finland studied this question by watching how people attempted to get out of a corridor with two exits. It turns out, they said, that those who acted selfishly tended to get out more quickly. By contrast, those who cooperated by following others or forming groups with a leader, got out more slowly.

Other News
CNN: Worshippers wear hoodies in Trayvon tribute
Guardian: George Zimmerman told police Trayvon Martin beat his head into pavement
Hosted: Pope flies to gigantic Mass past statue of Christ 
In Pa. Abuse Trial, a Window Into Church Practices - A landmark priest-abuse trial opening Monday in Philadelphia may unveil the cryptic operations of the Roman Catholic archdiocese and detail how child sex-abuse complaints were buried for decades in secret archives adjacent to a glorious cathedral as the priests they named went unpunished.
SFGate: S.F. man arrested in gruesome slayings of 5 in Ingleside
CBSNews: Schumer: DOJ must probe Stand Your Ground laws - Senator Chuck Shumer is calling on the Justice Department to expand its probe of the Trayvon Martin shooting to include an examination of controversial Stand Your Ground laws associated with the case, he told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. 
CBSNews: Month since Trayvon Martin death, fury grows
BBC: Pink certificate - The ordeal of proving you're gay to the Turkish army 
Reuters: Pope looks to boost Church in communist Cuba
BBC: Salford mother hurt in Pendleton racist acid attack  - A Salford woman had acid thrown at her in a racist attack as she pushed her baby in a pram along a street.
Police said the attacker had blue eyes, a dimple in his chin and a red mark like a burn on his bottom lip 
CNN: Iraqi woman beaten in her California home dies
TheGlobeAndMail: Dick Cheney recovering from heart transplant, aide says  
CNN: Canadian province of Ontario legalizes brothels in landmark ruling - Ontario's top court has legalized brothels, saying Canadian prostitution laws unfairly discriminate against prostitutes and their ability to work... 

CNNMoney: Can 46 rich dudes buy an election?
NewsSentinel: Santorum picks up delegates with win in Louisiana
WSJ: Candidates Woo Unbound Delegates
BusinessInsider: Hey, America, Check Out The Subliminal Messages Rick Santorum Is Using To Scare The Crap Out Of You - Former Senator Rick Santorum doesn't have much of a chance of winning the Republican nomination. Perhaps that's why he's now pulling out all the stops.
CNN: A national ID card that protects voting rights
CBSNews: Santorum keeps door open for vice presidential bid

TinfoilPalace: Korea Overload!!US student debt surpasses $1 trillion 
TheOilAge: 200,000 in Montreal against university fee hikes
TheOilAge: Iraqi woman beaten in her California home dies
HubbertsArms: Monsatan educational book brainwashes kids...
HubbertsArms: Midnight Rocket Plumes
SilentCountry: Boy abused, forced to eat screws at Scott Air Force Base home
SilentCountry: Why Did The DHS Just Order 450 Million Rounds of .40 Caliber 

DestinyCalls: Long hair and its properties
DestinyCalls: Hypnosis: Reaching Beyond Oneself 

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