Here's the most important story of the day
CNN: Molson Coors unveils iced-tea-flavored Coors Light
I can't wait to try it! LOL
Once you try the Coors, read this. Or read this and then try the Coors, your call.
IBTimes: Osama Bin Laden's Body Not Buried at Sea But Flown to Dover: Leaked Emails Reveal - Adding fuel to speculations that Al-Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden's body has not been buried at sea (as claimed by the Obama administration), there are now leaked secret emails released by Wikileaks that suggest that the world's most wanted terrorist's body was shifted to the military mortuary in Dover.
oh, and this just in from Spaceweather.com
Space Weather News for March 7, 2012
SOLAR ACTIVITY: Big sunspot AR1429 has unleashed another major flare--an X5-class eruption on March 7th at 00:28 UT. As a result of the blast, a radiation storm is underway and a CME will likely hit Earth's magnetic field in a day or so. Geomagnetic storms are already in progress at high latitudes due to earlier eruptions from the active sunspot. Last night, auroras were spotted over several northern-tier US states including Michigan and Wisconsin. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates and images.
Please be sure to visit RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer and thank them for all their good work!
Well, off to the art supply store! yeah!
Don't forget to visit the forums and have a great day!
MSNBC: 10 companies profiting most from warCBSNews: Obama to GOP rivals: War in Iran "not a game"
Haaretz: Israel cautiously welcomes Western nuclear talks with Iran
Alternet: Obama Administration Moves To Aid Syrian Opposition
McClatchy: Two survivors provide intimate look inside Lord's Resistance Army
BusinessInsider: Gingrich Falls Asleep And Creates The Most Awkward Moment At The Big Conference About Israel
McClatchy: Former Iraqi official who executed Hussein denied entry into US
JerusalemPost: PM: Israel has acted against US advice before
VOA: Obama: Acting Alone Against Syria Would be a 'Mistake'
BBC: Six soldiers dead in Afghan blast
UPI: Red Cross again barred; Assad vows revenge
WashingtonPost: World powers struggle for unity on Iran's nuke program to bridge East-West divide
BBC: Aid workers enter Homs district - The Red Crescent enters the devastated Baba Amr district of Homs with the UN's aid chief, after being blocked by Syrian authorities since Friday.
RawStory: Jon Stewart: Iran saber-rattling meant for old Jews in Florida
BlacklistedNews: "Journalist" Paul Conroy is MI6 operative
BBC: Norway attacks: Breivik charged with terror attacks
Reuters: France says Iran 'two-faced', sceptical talks can succeed
USAToday: UN humanitarian chief visits Syria
BendBulletin: Pro-Israel delegates have Washington's ear on Iran, annual conference reveals
NYT: Israeli Officials Voice Skepticism of Iran's Nuclear Intentions
Spiegel: The World from Berlin: New Talks with Iran 'Only a Faint Glimmer of Hope'
McClatchy: Chinese officials blame Dalai Lama for string of self-immolations
Zerohedge: Defense Secretary Panetta Testifies On Situation In Syria, Honorable Warmonger #1 John McCain Presiding
TulsaWorld: Eastern Libya pulls away from central government
Spiegel: Tehran's Last Chance - Israel, Iran and the Battle for the Bomb
MSNBC: Iran asks to resume nuclear talks after year standstill
EU foreign policy chief will represent the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany
PostGazette: Countries cutting Iranian oil purchases
LegitGov: Protests Over Tuition Increases Jolt the Capitol
CrooksAndLiars: Did Fear of ‘Mic Check!’ Make Obama Move G8 to Camp David? - So either there's some major security threat of which we know nothing — or the Powers That Be are simply terrified of being mic-checked.
CrooksAndLiars: Monica Crowley: Occupy Wall Street Movement Was Orchestrated by President Obama to Attack Mitt Romney
Solidarity-US: The Black Bloc and the Cargo Cult - Critics of Chris Hedges’ recent attack on the Black Bloc and its role in the Occupy movement excoriated him, among other things, for mistaking a set of tactics for a specific, ideologically coherent group. Fair enough. But a closer look at what are called “Black Bloc tactics” shows that they are not tactics at all. Rather, they bear a closer resemblance to a cargo cult. What’s a cargo cult, you ask? It refers to any group holding a steadfast belief that ritually re-enacting certain behaviors will lead to a desired outcome, ignoring other contextual elements that could contribute to the outcome. So, for example, modern companies might adopt the dress code policies of more successful competitors in the belief that this will make them more successful.
BlacklistedNews: FBI LulzSec Hacker Informant: Hacking Groups Government Black Op?
CNN: Five arrested in high-profile cyberattacksArsTechinca: Doxed: how Sabu was outed by former Anons long before his arrest
LegitGov: Anonymous hacks Panda Security in response to LulzSec arrests
Domestic Financial News
Reuters: UPDATE 2-Allen Stanford found guilty of vast fraud - Allen Stanford was convicted on Tuesday of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, a verdict that caps a riches-to-rags trajectory for the former Texas financier and Caribbean playboy.
Zerohedge: Financials Implode As Volatility And Volume Explodes
CNNMoney: Lehman Brothers: The final chapter
FT: The New Growth Business: Becoming a Landlord
EnergyBulletin: Forget the ‘golden age’ of capitalism: there’s no return, and our future can be better
FiscalTimes: The Real Cost of Living: $150,000 Minimum
CNNMoney: 'End bank payday lending now,' consumer groups urge
HBR: New Math Will Drive a U.S. Manufacturing Comeback - Making the United States an even more attractive location for factories and investments is critical for the health of our nation. More domestic factories would help create more balanced trade flows and a more stable global economy. But company decisions on what and where to place production facilities, while influenced by many factors, ultimately depend on the math.
Zerohedge: Is VIX suggesting market collapse around the corner?
TAE: Why Liquidity is No Longer Enough
CalculatedRisk: Hamilton: The impact of oil prices on the U.S. economy
FederalReserve: The Effect of TARP on Bank Risk-Taking
Env-Econ: "The Benefits of a Gas Tax"
Reuters: Private sector adds 216,000 jobs in February
CBSNews: Compare retiree living costs in every county of the US
Reuters: UPDATE 1-Wal-Mart to use more self-checkout lanes
YahooNews: Women Who Took the Pill Had an 8 Percent Higher Income by Age 50
BusinessInsider: There's A Witch Hunt Going On At Morgan Stanley Looking For The Banker Who Was Going To Finance A Prostitution Business
NEP: Wall Street’s Broken Windows
SeattleTimes: A Ritz hotel on Lehman sale list as it winds down - The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua hotel in Hawaii, a luxury ski resort in the Rockies and a Manhattan boutique hotel are among the last holdings of Lehman Brothers, the investment house whose spectacular bust triggered the worst of the 2008 financial crisis.
Atlantic: 'Jeopardy!' Win Behind Him, Watson Seeks Billions on Wall Street
Global Financial News
Reuters: UPDATE 1-US House passes China subsidy bill, sends to Obama
Zerohedge: Germany to Review Bundesbank Gold Reserves in Frankfurt, Paris, London and New York Fed
CBSNews: Why aren't the markets panicking about looming Greek default?
MacroBusiness: The Australian economy is not growing at trend
Time: Why China Should Slow Down – but Probably Won’t
Zerohedge: One Day Ahead Of PSI Deadline, IIF Can Only Account For 39% Of Greek Bondholders
FuelFix: Why High Oil Prices Are Now Affecting Europe More Than the US
BusinessInsider: This Is What Happens To Global Markets During An Oil Shock
GlobeAndMail: It’s time for the G20 to address debt’s dangerous legacy
Spiegel: The Hundred-Billion-Euro Bomb - Euro-Zone Central Bank System Massively Imbalanced
Telegraph: Iceland blames financial collapse on UK's 'unreasonable demands' - Senior members of Iceland's former government have accused the UK of making "unreasonable demands" in the run-up to the financial crisis that doomed attempts to rescue one of the country's biggest banks.
Peak Oil and Energy News
FuelFix: Gasoline prices drop for the first time since January
DesdemonaDespair: Nigeria: Chevron gas rig fire stops burning spontaneously
HuffingtonPost: Democrats Look To Add Natural Gas Subsidies To Transportation Bill
SFGate: Billionaires bet on rising gasoline demand - Number of the day 40
That's how many medium-range gasoline tanker ships were bought recently by two billionaires who are betting that fuel demand will rise faster than the global shipping fleet's capacity.
CNBC: US Can Be Energy Independent in 10 Years: Pipeline Exec
Reuters: U.S. gasoline demand down 6.5 pct yr/yr -MasterCard - U.S. retail gasoline demand fell 1.5 percent last week and was also down 6.5 percent compared with the same week last year, as prices at the pump shot up, MasterCard said in its weekly SpendingPulse report on Tuesday.
ForeignPolicy: The Petrostates of America - The United States now faces a daunting challenge: The world's crude oil supply has been flat for years, even as emerging economies demand ever greater quantities. To prosper in this environment, the United States will have to make progress in using fuel more efficiently faster than emerging economies can bid away the oil supply. All of which raises the question: Can we live without oil?
Mineweb: Gold falls to lowest levels in six weeks
CommodityOnline: COMEX gold silver long positions rise 7% and 13% : CFTC
CommodityOnline: China copper demand weakening as Shanghai stockpiles climb near 10 year highs
USGSM 4.9, Kuril Islands
M 4.6, Java, Indonesia
M 4.6, Java, Indonesia
M 5.6, South Sandwich Islands region
M 5.5, Papua, Indonesia DesdemonaDespair: U.S. tornado outbreaks already set record for March – ‘This isn’t the last of it’
ANN: Genetics of endangered African monkey suggest troubles from warming climate - A rare and endangered monkey in an African equatorial rainforest is providing a look into our climatic future through its DNA.
ExtinctionProtocol: Avalanche kills 37 in Aghanistan - At least 37 people died and hundreds were still trapped in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday when a snow avalanche covered an entire village near the northern border with Tajikistan, local officials said.
ExtinctionProtocol: Is electromagnetic phenomena responsible for strange sounds being reported?
DesdemonaDespair: Americans’ belief in global warming soars as mercury rises
ThinkProgress: Green Donors Bet Romney Is Faking His New Climate Change Views And Will Flip Flop Back If Elected - According to his own standards on the campaign trail today, Mitt Romney was once a “radical” on energy issues. In 2003, as governor of Massachusetts, he supported “investing in cleaning technologies” for an old coal plant in the commonwealth responsible for dozens of deaths, saying “I will not create jobs … that kill people.”
BBC: Up to 900 tropical bird species could ‘go extinct’
Grist: Meet the awesome dogs that are stamping out elephant poaching - The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park employs a lean, mean team of crime-fighters to take on evil elephant poachers.
YahooNews: Escaped penguin outracing Tokyo authorities in bid for freedom
WSJ: Mining Firm Pulls Out of Wisconsin Mine Project - A Florida mining company canceled a huge open-pit mining project in northwestern Wisconsin after the state Senate voted down a bill to streamline the state's tough environmental review process.
ArsTechnica: Measuring the air quality impact of the Canadian oil sands
America in Decline
WSJ: Young Workers See Pay Shrink
Cryptogon: Man Demonstrates Why TSA Body Scanners Are Worthless for Security Purposes
NakedCapitalism: Video Demonstrates How to Circumvent TSA Body Scanners - Yves Smith - This is a bit O/T for this blog, except I hate the body scanners, since they are security theater and looting all rolled into one. The few times I’ve had to deal with them, I’ve made the gate agents pat me down. Jonathan Corbett, who filed a suit against the TSA, has just released this video to annoy them further and with any luck, get the ineffective, intrusive scanners shut down.
JDeanIcite: New data on student debt from the NY Fed - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is out with some new data on student debt (“Grading Student Loans”). Two major highlights: beware of using simple averages, and, more strikingly, more than one in four borrowers is behind on payments—more than twice the share of other forms of personal debt.
DailyBeast: Rush Limbaugh Isn't the Only Media Misogynist
FDL: Undocumented Foreclosure Victim Deported After Protesting Illegal Foreclosure
MathBabe: The Value Added Teacher Model Sucks
TruthOut: American Airlines Union President Sees Future Without Pensions
MSNBC: Former New Jersey governor goes undercover as homeless man
Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey went undercover earlier this week and disguised himself as a homeless person on the streets of Newark, New Jersey's largest city.
"To find a place to take you if you were homeless was impossible, essentially," Codey said.Most shelters in Newark require applicants to be on government assistance, or at least have an official ID.
Food and Water
CreditWritedowns: Model on food prices and social unrest predicts crisis in 2013
Wired: Speculation Blamed for Global Food Price Weirdness
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News March 2012
WSJ: Water Fight Hits the Slopes
HuffingtonPost: Feds Buying 7 Million Pounds Of 'Pink Slime' For School Lunches
Internet and Online Privacy News
NewYorker: How to Get Internet Privacy Right
Science and Technology
ArsTechnica: Photon heralds entanglement in new quantum repeater
Wired: A Year Later, Mysterious Space Plane Is Still in Orbit
RawStory: U.S. physicists close to historic particle finding
BBC: Hints of Higgs multiply at US lab
NewScientist: Light-painting flashlight exposes draughty rooms - Sick of living in a poorly-heated apartment? You can now expose draughty trouble spots by building your own thermal flashlight and painting colourful heat maps on your walls.
CosmicLog: How the hunt for Mars life evolved
MSNBC: Did the moon sink the Titanic? Tides may have played role - Scientists suggest rare moon-sun-Earth alignment sent more icebergs south
Spiegel: Blessing or Curse?: Competing Visions of a Computer-Controlled Future - Computers dominate how we live, work and think. For some, the technology is a boon and promises even better things to come. But others warn that there could be bizarre consequences and that humans may be on the losing end of progress.
Medical and Health
RawStory: U.S. health authorities warn against ‘inhalable caffeine’
BBC: Bionic bodies - Artificial limbs from ancient Egypt to the present day
RedditScience: A study that links diesel fumes to cancer in miners is published after a 17-year legal battle with industry
WSJ: Drug Distributor Tied to Fake Avastin
BBC: Paying the penalty - Are rising drug costs curbing US executions?
NYT: AARP Study Says Price of Popular Drugs Rose 26%
MSNBC: Poisoned lotion? FDA warns of mercury in cosmetics
CNN: CDC: Deadly and preventable C. difficile infections at all-time high
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvival: 3 Herbs To Try in Your Survival Garden
TransitionVoice: The Happy Hoarder: Feed bag edition
Grist: Gimme bomb shelter: FEMA pushes for disaster-proof green buildings
UrbanFarming: How to Build a Raised Bed
PreppingToSurvive: A Time of Testing - We sold off most of our goats a while back because they were wreaking havoc on everything and were just way too much hassle.
USAToday: 2 non-students killed in shooting at Fla. high school
RawStory: Man kills girlfriend with homemade cannon
USAToday: More than 30 advertisers drop Rush Limbaugh
Grist: California’s closed state parks to be overrun by pot growers, people willing to pee in the woods
Time: When a Protest Fizzles: Putin's Opposition Is Routed in Moscow
RawStory: Human rights’ group warns of crime wave in Ivory Coast
ANN: Archaeologists discover name of lost Pharaoh
CBSNews: Elderly twins of Bing Crosby fame found dead
SeattleTimes: Twin sisters, 73, found dead together in CA home CNN: Man touted 'viewing party' of secret footage before Rutgers student's suicide
Wired: 10 Things Parents Should Know About Disney's John Carter
RawStory: Stolen wages offer to Aborigines ‘heartless’
NewYorker: Kochs vs. Cato, Round Two
Spiegel: Republican Campaign Circus: Romney's Issue Dodging Is Bad for the US and Europe - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is fond of called President Barack Obama a "European socialist." But his ongoing mudslinging contest with the other GOP candidates has so far shirked most of the issues vital to America's future. It is time for that to change -- for the good of the US and the world.
McClatchy: Palin: 'Anything is possible' if her name is called at GOP convention
NYT: News Analysis: No Super Tuesday Knockout Punch
CBSNews: Dennis Kucinich concedes defeat to Marcy Kaptur in Ohio Democratic primary
NYDailyNews: Kucinich out! Ohio pol loses to vet who will take on Joe the Plumber
Reuters: Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
CNN: ‘Joe the Plumber’ wins GOP primary in Ohio - Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," won Tuesday's Republican primary in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, according to unofficial vote results from the Ohio Secretary of State.
TinfoilPalace: The Double Crossing Hacker
TinfoilPalace: Republican State Senator Wants Single Parenthood Labeled as Child Abuse
TheOilAge: Bin Laden not buried at sea!
TheOilAge: Congress passes authoritarian anti-protest law
HubbertsArms: Rush gets the boot
HubbertsArms: Reality Death Row TV
SilentCountry: What Will Happen to the US If Israel Attacks Iran?
SilentCountry: Australian Floods