Thursday, March 1, 2012

Breaking News Thurs. March 1, 2012

Zerohedge: How to Clear Your Google Browsing and Video History Before the New Google "Privacy" Policy Is Implemented
Much thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help today!

Spiegel: Fukushima's Legacy: What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in Japan?

Global Conflict
Salon: Gen. McCaffrey privately briefs NBC execs on war with Iran
LegitGov: US Air Force ready to attack Iran: General 
Hosted: Syria to allow Red Cross to enter Homs district 
BBC: Syria rebels leave besieged Homs - Syrian rebel fighters say they are tactically withdrawing from the besieged Baba Amr quarter of Homs after nearly a month of government shelling.
Reuters: "Pray for us" say Syria rebels as army closes in 
MSNBC: Iran warns unmotivated voters of Western plots as election looms
Hosted: US mum on Iranian scientist's arrest  
Time: The Most Powerful Weapon of Egypt's Ruling Generals: State TV - TIME is allowed a rare visit into the heart of the junta's message machine. It is as heavily secured as a fortress.
Atlantic: Thailand's Tentative Peace Is Collapsing - As the military and civilian government clash, this Southeast Asian country could easily blow up again, and soon.
BBC: Syria army tightens grip on Homs- Syrian forces tighten their grip on the rebellious Baba Amr district of Homs, as the UN's rights council condemns "violations" against civilians.
WSJ: Two US Troops Killed by Afghan Colleagues
BBC: Syria rebels form military bureau - Syria's main political opposition forms a military bureau to co-ordinate rebel fighters, as the UN condemns government attacks on civilians.
WashingtonPost: Britain closes Syrian embassy as army's assault on Bab Amr continues
CNN: Conflicting reports emerge over assault on besieged Syrian neighborhood
Reuters: Western sanctions tighten squeeze on Iran oil exports
CBSNews: U.S., Israel debate "red line" on Iran
Atlantic: Don't Worry, North Korea's Nuclear Program Will Be Back Soon Enough
Time: Why Netanyahu's Visit to Discuss Iran Puts Obama in a Political Minefield
RawStory: New Litvinenko suspect wanted in Britain
Bloomberg: Assad Prepares Attack on Rebel Town as UN Condemns Syrian Forces' Violence
WashingtonPost: Israelis say North Korean nuclear freeze is no model for Iran 
CounterPunch: Drone Strikes? What’s To Feel Bad About? 
ETFDailyNews: Four New Dangers In The Middle East 

BlacklistedNews: DHS tracked Occupy Wall Street to ‘control protesters’
BeforeItsNews: Four Horsemen trailer: “You don’t know what’s been done to you”

Hacker News
IBTimes: Anonymous Behind the Mask

Domestic Financial News
FiscalTimes: Wall St. Cuts Bonuses for Poor Little Rich Bankers
CNNMoney: Average Wall Street bonus drops to $121,000
(oh whaaaaaaa. that's still 4 times our yearly income, in just a bonus, that's not a salary added in. 4 times a yearly income in just a bonus. I'll try not to make myself sick crying in sympathy over it.)
Zerohedge: Guest Post: And The Douchebag Of The Year Award Goes To……
CNNMoney: Bernanke: Economic recovery 'uneven' (oh look, Ben's a genius!)
Zerohedge: John Taylor Warns Of A "Highly Disastrous, Totally Uncontrollable Inflationary Conflagration"
CNNMoney: Is it time to raise taxes on capital gains?
Treasury: The U.S. Economy in Charts
ProjectSyndicate: Free Trade Ad Nauseam - The first misconception is that exports create jobs, while imports do not – a fallacy that the great trade economist Harry Johnson traced to mercantilism, and which the US has resurrected.
NakedCapitalism: Bailout Ingrate Bank of America to Impose Monthly Fees on Many “Basic” Checking Account Customers
BusinessInsider: The Surprising Source Of Car Dealers' Profits
NYT: Bonuses Dip on Wall St., but Far Less Than Earnings - It is apparently going to take more than shrinking bank profits to put a big dent in Wall Street bonuses
Atlantic: Is the Economy Better Than We Think?
BusinessInsider: The 10 Best Cities To Buy Bank-Owned Properties
BusinessWeek: US January Consumer Spending Rises 0.2%
CapitalRisk: Personal Income increased 0.3% in January, Spending 0.2%
WSJ: Student Loan Debt Hits Home for Bernanke - The most interesting anecdote to come out of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke‘s semiannual testimony to Congress: His son, who is in medical school in New York, is likely to rack up $400,000 of student loan debt in the process of getting his degree.
CalculatedRisk: Fed's Beige Book: Economic activity increased at "modest to moderate" pace
Cryptogon: FBI Building Insider Trading Cases on 120 People
TheHill: Bernanke warns lawmakers country headed for 'massive fiscal cliff' - Congress risks taking the economy over a “massive fiscal cliff,” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned lawmakers on Wednesday. In remarks that hit Wall Street stock prices, the central bank boss suggested the economy could hit a serious roadblock if Congress allows the Bush tax rates and a payroll tax cut to expire and $1.2 trillion in spending cuts to be implemented simultaneously in January. “Under current law, on Jan. 1, 2013, there’s going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee
CNN: Foreclosures made up one in four home sales
GlobeAndMail: Rosy U.S. jobs picture? We’ve been down this path before 
CNNMoney: Best February auto sales in years
Telegram:Federal budget cuts could cost Mass. 50,000 jobs - Looming federal budget cuts could cost Massachusetts more than 50,000 jobs over the next decade - mainly in key sectors such as defense, technology, and health care - and "strike at the very heart" of the state's innovation economy, an analysis by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute shows. 
ETFDailyNews: Protectionism: The Lesser of Evils

Global Financial News
HuffingtonPost: Larry Summers For World Bank: So Much Wrong, So Little Time - What exactly does Larry Summers have to do to stop being offered important jobs? Hold up a liquor store? Kill a guy? That is the question many are asking, or at least should be asking, about Summers' reported candidacy to be the next president of the World Bank 
Reuters: China's big factories rebound as smaller firms lag
Reuters: Europe drags on global economy, few policy options
Zerohedge: Greek 1 Year Bond 80% Away From 1000%
CreditWritedowns: A Primer on the Euro Breakup
WSJ: World’s Extreme Poverty Cut in Half Since 1990 -- The share of people living in extreme poverty around the world continued to decline in recent years despite financial crises and surging food prices, the World Bank said today. The bank said preliminary estimates for 2010 showed that the world’s extreme poverty rate — people living below $1.25 a day — had fallen to less than half of its 1990 value.
BBC: Eurozone jobless rate at new high
Spiegel: German Businesses Unwelcome in Postwar Libya
GlobeAndMail: What are Europe’s banks doing with their ECB loans? 
BBC: Yorkshire Water fibreglass covers to stop metal theft - Yorkshire Water said it was reporting an average of £20,000 in metal thefts a month from its network. In 2011, the company spent £410,000 replacing stolen metal parts, including 7km (4.3 miles) of earthing cable. CCTV cameras and motion sensors are also being installed at sites and a special grease is being coated on machinery and equipment.
CalgaryHerald: Huge private debts spell trouble in Europe

Peak Oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: A Dynamic Function for EROI
BusinessInsider: JPMorgan Says This Could Be The Next 'Game-Changer' Oil TechnologyThe latest potentially "incredibly promising" oil innovation is the sliding sleeve, according to JP Morgan's J. David Anderson.
TomWhipple: The Peak Oil Crisis: A Breakthrough?

UPI: Analysts: Saudi oil capacity strained
CommodityOnline: Crude oil: India seeks additional 4MT supplies from Iraq
BBC: Iran 'to accept payment in gold for oil'
USAToday: U.S. exported more gasoline than imported last year - For the first time since 1949, the United States exported more gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel last year than it imported, the Energy Department reported today.
Bloomberg writes that to offset weak U.S. demand, refiners exported 439,000 barrels a day more than were imported the year before. In 2010, daily imports averaged 269,000 barrels, according to the Petroleum Supply Monthly report.
Imports of crude oil and related products fell 11% last year, reaching a level not seen since 1995.
BottomLine: Keystone pipeline claims just don't add up
FutureOfTech: Four scenarios for the future of energy

LAT: Will higher gasoline prices change the way we live? - Rising gasoline prices may finally kill the milkman, as an article in The Times notes. As gas prices continue to climb – 26 cents in the last week in California, 57 cents in the last year – they may also fundamentally change the way we live.
KWCH: Airlines Respond to Rising Fuel Costs with Fresh Fare Hikes

Zerohedge: Gold and Silver Plunge – Called “Intervention”, “Window Dressing”, “Temporary Smash”, “Paper Fiasco”
ETFDailyNews: The Price of Gold Hits Resistance, Is It Time For Investors To Worry? 
Mineweb: Platinum closing the gap on gold
ETFDailyNews: Near Term Top In Gold Prices As The Dollar Forms An Intermediate Bottom

Grist: Beetlemania: Invasive insect could become our billion-dollar problem
Reuters: At least 12 killed as tornadoes strike Midwest
Hosted: Death toll at 13 after US storms sweep Midwest
WBIR: 2 dead, several injured in Cumberland Co. (TN)
ChicagoTribune: Harrisburg tornado packed 170 mph winds
CBSNews: Ill. town vows to rebuild after monster twister
MSNBC: 'Devastation ... like we've never seen' in twister-hit town 
NASA:  NASA Finds Thickest Parts of Arctic Ice Cap Melting FasterArsTechnica: Warm weather drives greater acceptance of the planet's rising temperatures - One of the biggest problems with discussing climate change is that a substantial fraction of the US public can't agree on basic facts.
ExtinctionProtocol: Montenegro: on the footsteps of climate change  
ScientificAmerican: Gene Therapy Could Help Corals Survive Climate Change
MSNBC: Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights

America in Decline
CSMonitor: A Congress with no room for Olympia Snowe and other centrists?
FT: End of an Era: Moderate Republicans Call it Quits
FiscalTimes: How College Debt Is Crushing the American Dream
Reuters: Senate heads for showdown over contraceptives
Zerohedge: Only 54% Of Young Adults In America Have A Job
ATaxingMatter: The right's phony debt and tax cuts logic - Every single GOP candidate complains that Democratic spending is a problem because it creates deficits that lead to borrowing that leads to high debt. But they don't really care about the deficit or debt. What they care about is having an argument for cutting spending on social safety net programs and reducing the role of government in preventing corporate malfeasance.
RobertReich: Stop Starving Public Universities and Shrinking the Middle Class - Robert Reich - Over just the last year 41 states have cut spending for public higher education. That’s on top of deep cuts in 2009 and 2010. Some public universities, such as the University of New Hampshire, have lost over 40 percent of their state funding; the University of Washington, 26 percent; Florida’s public university system, 25 percent. Rising tuition and fees are making up the shortfall.
Yahoo: Court approves warrantless searches of cell phones -Police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Mish: Unbelievable Stress of Making "Only" $200,000 After Taxes - People who have nothing to eat, no job, and are about to be tossed out of their homes in foreclosure, really do not know what stress is. To fully appreciate stress, please consider the sorry "plights" of Andrew Schiff, marketing director for Euro Pacific Capital, Daniel Arbeeny, a Wall Street headhunter, and hedge-fund manager Richard Scheiner. Bloomberg describes the out-and-out horror stories of all three in Wall Street Bonus Withdrawal Means Trading Aspen for Coupons
Atlantic: The End of Ownership
DailyKos: "Fox News rooting for America to Fail -- since 2008"
CommonDreams: Minimum Wage: Catching up with 1968
MotherJones: "It's Just Not Right": The Failures of Alabama's Self-Deportation Experiment

What happens when outside agitators work with state politicians to pass the nation's most draconian anti-immigrant law yet? The Cotton State learned the hard way.
MotherJones: WikiLeaks Goes Inside Corporate America's Wannabe CIA - What do Coke, Goldman, the Marines, and the Knights of Columbus have in common? They all paid Stratfor to act as their own private intelligence agency.BrilliantAtBreakfast: I suppose we should be glad that they're finally showing their true colors - Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student whom House Republicans wouldn’t let testify at a contraception hearing last week, a “slut” and a “prostitute” today, because, Limbaugh argued, she’s having “so much sex” she needs other people to pay for it:
Forbes: The TSA Is Coming To a Highway Near You
IPS: Stealing From The Mouth of Public Education to Feed the Prison Industrial Complex
KSEE24: Postal Service to Close 14 Mail Processing Centers in California 

Food and Water
OffTheGridNews: “Fast” Food From Scratch

Internet and Online Privacy News 
ArsTechnica: Constitutional showdown voided: Feds decrypt laptop without defendant’s help
MSNBC: Q&A: Google to dig deeper into users' lives 
Atlantic: The Web Is Watching Us 
Reuters: EU agencies say Google breaking law: commissioner 
Atlantic: I'm Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web
BBC: Google change 'breaches EU law'

Science and Technology
BlacklistedNews: Futurama?: Russian Mogul’s Plan: Plant Our Brains in Robots, Keep Them Alive Forever
NewScientist: The secrets of solving mathematical puzzles
MSNBC: Orion Nebula reveals an infrared rainbow
LightyearsBlog: Earthshine may help yield clues to life on other planets
CNN: Tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer causes big stir on launch day

Medical and Health
NewScientist: There's no sense in revising the psychiatrist's bible
RedditScience: The Case for Recess - Recess time and gym have been eliminated from many school programs to make more time for academics, but physical activity can improve thinking and reasoning skills in children. (I don't think that's why the cut out recess)
DigitalLife: Save a life with these CPR apps
MSNBC: Old flu drug speeds brain injury recovery
Vitals: Warning on statins: FDA more open about risks
USAToday: Bill to reverse Obama birth control policy defeated in Senate

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
CanadianDoomer: Drying Potatoes
ModernSurvival: Will An EMP Fry The Electronic Lock On My Safe?
DeclineOfTheEmpire: Wyoming Still Unprepared After Narrow Defeat
PreparednessAdviceBlog: Solar Oven Uses
PreppingToSurvive: 5 Tips to Improve Your Cold Weather Survival Shelter
ModernSurvival: Survival Medicine Handbook

Other News
NYT: Davy Jones Dies at 66; Heartthrob in the MonkeesUPI: Fla. bill banning religious law advances
HuffingtonPost: Wasilla High School Sculpture Looks Like A Vagina, At Least To Some In Sarah Palin's town
DailyKos: Racist Obama email from Chief U.S. District Judge in MT - The full article is here: I suggest you read it. It has some extremely disturbing elements. His explanation right before the joke is eye-popping:
CBSNews: Violent past for Ohio shooting suspect
Cryptogon: The Virgin Father of Fifteen Children—And Counting
CNN: Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dead at 43
LAT: Andrew Breitbart: 'They couldn't revive him,' father-in-law says
Andrew Breitbart, the 43-year-old conservative writer who died Thursday morning, was found collapsed on the sidewalk near his Westwood home while taking a nighttime walk, his father-in-law told The Times.
Breitbart was found about 12:30 or 1 a.m.
"He was walking near the house somewhere.... He was taken by paramedics to UCLA and they couldn't revive him," said his father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, who spoke with his daughter, Susannah Bean Breitbart, about what happened.
BBC: Witchcraft murder couple guilty
A couple have been found guilty of murdering a teenager they had accused of using witchcraft.
Judge David Paget, who was presiding over his last trial before retiring, told the jury of seven women and five men the case was so "harrowing" he was exempting them from jury service for the rest of their lives.
Grist: High gas prices? Whatevs — my phone gets me where I want to go

NYMagazine: 2012 or Never
Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history. This is fear talking. But not paranoia.
eXiled: Max Blumenthal: Progressive Democratic hero Elizabeth Warren enlists to serve AIPAC’s pro-war agenda
Bloomberg: Romney Deals With Confusion on Contraception Issue After Twin Primary Wins
DailyKos: President Obama close to most GOPers in formerly deep-red TennesseeAtlantic: Does the Romney-Ron Paul Pact Make Paul a Sellout?
McClatchy: Gingrich promises $2 gas during Georgia Assembly speech

TinfoilPalace: Mysterious Siberian Blasts Warned Point To Rapid Pole Reversal
TinfoilPalace: MO Tornado Filled Night
TheOilAge: Great Pyramid Mystery Solved 
TheOIlAge: Photo journal of Fukushima, 1 year on 
HubbertsArms: Guess I Picked the Wrong Week to START Sniffing Bath Salts 
HubbertsArms: Geithner arrested? 
SilentCountry: Is Social Media Ruining Our Minds?
SilentCountry: Ragnarokk is upon us (Twilight of the Gods)

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