Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Breaking News Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Well, I don't know how it happened but I lost the entire post for today and had to start over from scratch.  I'll gather as much as I can before I have to get to work outside here.
damn it. I don't know what I did wrong. I had copied and pasted the spaceweather news but wanted to undo it and put it elsewhere and clicked the undo button and the whole post disappeared.
Oh well, what can you do right?
so, sorry in advance for today's skimpy post.

yesterday, I'd posted this story.
MJPerry: California Declares War on Raw Dairy Farmers
come to find out, it's a big exaggeration or hoax, check out the info found out about it at 
Tinfoil Palace. 
here's what's new from

INCOMING CME:  Sunspot AR1429 unleashed another strong flare (category M7.9) on March 13th.  The explosion produced a significant coronal mass ejection (CME), which forecasters say should reach Earth on March 15th.  Geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives.  Check for updates.

SUNDIVING COMET: A bright comet related to sungrazing Comet Lovejoy is diving into the sun.  The orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is monitoring the comet's death plunge even as the sun peppers the spacecraft with energetic particles accelerated by the March 13th solar flare.   Images of the comet are featured on today's edition of

today's post will probably be late, I've got a lot of catching up to do!

Extra Special thanks to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for their help today! Boy, did I need it too! LOL

Guardian: Fukushima residents plagued by health fears of nuclear threat in their midst - A year after the power plant's triple meltdown, conflicting official information leaves families confused and fearful for their future
CNN: Strong earthquake hits Japan
(Also see Environmental news section)

Global Conflict
AJC: 2 Syrian dissidents quit opposition council
USAToday: Afghan official: Video shows soldier surrendering
CNN: ICC finds Congolese warlord guilty in its first verdict
HadalZone: U.S. Surge Losing Momentum In Afghanistan
JerusalemPost: 'Azerbaijan arrests 22 over terror plot against Israel, US'
SeattleTimes: CIA director Petraeus visits Turkish leaders - The U.S. Embassy in Turkey's capital says CIA chief David Petraeus has visited the country and met with top officials. NYT: Emboldened Syrian Army Now Moves to Quell Southern City
USAToday: Iran's parliament grills embattled president
Independent: The price of life in Afghanistan
Reuters: U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan as bombs kill 9
CNN: Syria responds to Annan's proposal; rebel stronghold of Idlib seized
Guardian: Obama 'heartbroken' over Afghanistan killings as he promises full investigation - Barack Obama insists deaths do not change US commitment to Afghanistan and says those responsible will be punished
CNN: Israel would face challenge in bombing Iran nuclear sites, experts say
Cryptogon: Marines Asked to Disarm Before Leon Panetta Speech; ‘Somebody Got Itchy’

Domestic Financial News
Bloomberg: Goldman Sachs Employee Criticizes Firm for Ripping Off Clients
Zerohedge: Ex-Goldman Exec Comes Clean On How A "Toxic And Destructive" Goldman "Rips Its Clients Off"
NYT: Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs - TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it. To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for. 
NPR: Exec: Goldman Officials Called Clients 'Muppets'
Reuters: UPDATE 2-Bayer sees healthcare business driving growth
CharlesHughSmith: Four Charts of Interest on Fed-Speak Day
NYT: Bank Officials Cited in Churn of Foreclosures - Managers at major banks ignored widespread errors in the foreclosure process, in some cases instructing employees to adopt make-believe titles and speed documents through the system despite internal objections, according to wide-ranging review by federal investigators.
IBTimes: Fed Keeps Rates The Same, Still Sees 'Risks' To Recovery 
GlobeAndMail: ‘Banks are back’ as Wall Street finds new footing
Exonomist'sView: Fed Watch: FOMC Recap

CNBC: Fed Is 'Playing a Game With Us:' Pimco's Gross
WashingtonPost: Consumer spending up despite higher gas prices

Global Financial News
Time: Ireland Tries to Woo Diaspora as Youths Leave Amid Crisis - Tens of thousands of Irish people are now following in the footsteps of the 70 million-strong émigrés who quit the country's shores
Telegraph: Britain to offer 100-year gilts - Britain is to offer 100-year gilts, meaning current Government borrowing will not be repaid until the next century, under a radical plan to be unveiled by George Osborne in next week's budget.
Reuters: China's Wen bets final year on reform push
Guardian: George Osborne budget plan could mean never having to pay his debts
SeattleTimes: Source: U.S. brings new trade case against China - The Obama administration is bringing a new trade case against China that seeks to pressure the rising economic power to end its export restrictions on key materials used to manufacture hybrid car batteries, flat-screen televisions and other high-tech goods.
Hosted: China defends rare earths limits 
CNBC: Fitch Raises Greece to B-, Out of Default TerritoryHosted: Moody's downgrades Cyprus to junk status 

Peak Oil and Energy News
BusinessInsider: Governments Spent $409 Billion Subsidizing Fossil Fuels In 2010
JaredBernstein: Gas Prices: The Politicians Are Already Doing The Only Thing They Can Do - I’m not trying to be partisan here, but there really is nothing the President can do about gas prices in the near term. There’s actually not all that much he or she could do in the long term. If he or she was the president of Saudi Arabia, then yes, there might be more levers at his or her disposal. But given that our president presides over a landmass that holds 2% of global reserves, there’s nothing he can do to alter the supply constraint.What’s that? He could release oil from the Strategic Reserve? That’s actually supposed to be reserved for emergencies, of which a gas price spike in an election year doesn’t qualify.
Reuters: Asia Fuel Oil-Hits 39-month peak, dents demand
Reuters: UPDATE 4-Chevron sees 20 pct jump in production by 2017
Reuters: U.S. asks Saudis to lift oil output from July
SeattleTimes: Saudi oil chief pledges to offset shortfalls - Saudi Arabia's oil minister said Wednesday that his country and other oil exporters are ready to offset any shortfalls in supply because of market volatility - an apparent reference to showdowns with Iran over its nuclear program.
EnergyBulletin: Has the global economy become less vulnerable to oil price shocks?


Mineweb: Semafo posts 25% profit rise on higher gold output, price

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DesdemonaDespair: Spiderwebs blanket countryside after Australia floods

WashingtonPost: Strong earthquake causes small tsunami on northern Japanese coast, but no ...
ExtinctionProtocol: Cities on alert as smoke and ash rise from Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano
NYT: Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.- About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.
TheStateColumn: Greece faces menace of historic volcanic eruption - A volcano on the island of Santorini in Greece seems a bit restless, according to scientists studying the latest data. Monitoring stations on the island indicate the Santorini caldera is awake again and rapidly deforming, said Georgia Tech researcher
MSNBC: 'Invisible tsunami' of rising sea levels puts US coasts at risk, expert says
CNN: 'Luck' continues filming after horse dies - Filming that does not involve horses will continue on HBO's critical fave "Luck" while the American Humane Association investigates the death of a third animal on the show's Southern California set. DFP: Study: Climate change could spawn mass migrations
CNN: 'Green Nobel' winner fights to save Africa's rainforests DesdemonaDespair: World entering a ‘third era’ of climate change in which impacts are are unavoidable

America in Decline
BlacklistedNews: New York State Set to Add All Convict DNA to Its Database
MyBudget360: The old get wealthier and the young get poorer.
PopSci: DARPA Wants Swarms of Cheap, Disposable Satellites That Take Pictures on Demand 
OffTheCharts: Pell Grants on a Downward Slope - Pell Grants, which help nearly 10 million low- and moderate-income students afford college, are an important weapon against growing inequality in higher education. But, as Paul Krugman recently highlighted, they have shrunk considerably over time as a share of college costs
Cryptogon: U.S. E-Voting System Cracked in Less Than 48 Hours

Food and Water
PopSci: Is It Possible to "Brooklynize" Floridian Tap Water? A Bagelmaker Says Yes, A Lawsuit Says No
DesdemonaDespair: Water shortage a global threat without urgent reform: OECD
Reuters: Scientists warn EPA on Monsanto corn rootworm - A group of plant scientists is warning federal regulators that action is needed to mitigate a growing problem with biotech corn that is losing its resistance to plant-damaging pests.
The stakes are high - corn production is critical for food, animal feed and ethanol production, and farmers have increasingly been relying on corn that has been genetically modified to be toxic to corn rootworm pests.
"This is not something that is a surprise... but it is something that needs to be addressed," said Joseph Spencer, a corn entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, part of the University of Illinois.
TransitionVoice: Yes, you can ferment your food: Review of “Wild Fermentation”
ABCNews: Where You Can Get 'Pink-Slime'-Free Beef  
YahooNews: Report: Calif. nitrate contamination spreading
 FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday.

Internet and Online Privacy News  

Wired: Google Adds (Even More) Links to the Pentagon

Science and Technology
Alternet: Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes All-Digital a sad day indeed.
OutsideTheBeltway: The End Of Encyclopedia Britannica - After nearly two and a half centuries, the Encyclopedia Britannica is ending its days as a print publication:WSJ: A Field Guide to the Middle-Class US Family - Anthropologist Elinor Ochs and her colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles have studied family life as far away as Samoa and the Peruvian Amazon region, but for the last decade they have focused on a society closer to home: the American middle class. 
TechReview: 6 Strange Things Worth Money Online - What’s a tweet worth? The Web is redefining what’s valuable and letting people create personal wealth in surprising new ways.
ArsTechnica: NASA five-rocket mission to launch tonight, with live webcast
CosmicLog: What to do about synthetic life?

Medical and Health
ScientificAmerican: 9-Year-Old Boy's Shrinking Brain Disorder Baffles Doctors
WSJ: Don't Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine
WashingtonPost: Antipsychotic drugs grow more popular for patients without mental illness
Adriane Fugh-Berman was stunned by the question: Two graduate students who had no symptoms of mental illness wondered if she thought they should take a powerful schizophrenia drug each had been prescribed to treat insomnia.
Reuters: CBO cuts cost estimate for Obama healthcare law
CNNHealth: A rare disease in the smallest of patients
Statesman: Doctors advised against metal hip joints

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming

PreppingToSurvive: There’s No Privacy in Ham Radio - “I only have 1500 rounds of .223 ammo. I need to pick up a lot more of that. I have over 10,000 rounds of .22 ammo so I should be okay...ModernSurvival: Home Door Stop Alarm
WaldenEffect: Signs of spring in 2012

Other News
CBSNews: Fire cuts power to large swath of Boston
Atlantic: Defining Jews, Defining a Nation: Can Genetics Save Israel? - How studies of Jewish DNA could help answer a question that's at the heart of some of Israeli society's biggest problems
USAToday: Autopsy: NJ girl's septic tank death an accident
HuffingtonPost:  Girls' Time Travel Attempt Leads To Suicide In China - Two schoolgirls in China have committed suicide in an attempt to travel back in time.
The girls decided to end their lives after one of them lost a remote control to a door, China Daily reports, via People's Daily. Xiao Hua told her best friend and fellow classmate, Xiao Mei, that she was worried about coming clean to her parents. The names are reportedly pseudonyms.
In an effort to avoid potential consequences, the girls allegedly took inspiration from a popular television show and committed suicide to travel back in time.
They left notes explaining their decision before jumping -- and subsequently drowning -- in a pool.
Slate: When Gen. Grant Expelled the Jews - On Dec. 17, 1862, as the Civil War entered its second winter, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant issued the most notorious anti-Jewish official order in American history: “The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours from the receipt of this order.” Known as General Orders No. 11, the document blamed Jews for the widespread smuggling and cotton speculation that affected the area under Grant’s command.
MSNBC: FBI agent: Midwest militia group had 'kill' list - The list included current and former U.S. presidents, top government officials and members of Congress
Independemt"Belgium plans national day of mourning after coach crash kills 28, including 22 schoolchildren

Santorum Wins Alabama and Mississippi Primaries
CBSNews: As Gingrich fades, GOP race becomes two-man fight
WashingtonPost: The dirty little secret of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries - Here’s a simple fact that has been lost amid Mitt Romney’s newfound love of grits, Newt Gingrich’s desire for gun racks on Chevy Volts and Rick Santorum’s insistence that the South is a home game for him: None of the top three Republican presidential contenders are “of” the South in any meaningful way.
NakedCapitalism: Obama Lunches With Bloomberg? Here’s What’s Really Afoot When it Comes to Political Money
FiscalTimes: Obama Approval Rating Back to 50 Percent
ThinkProgress: Billionaire Romney Backer: The Ultrawealthy Have An ‘Insufficient Influence’ Over Politics

TinfoilPalace: Expanding Hollow Earth Theory
TinfoilPalace: The Experiment That Debunked Materialism
TheOilAge: New Orwellian Anti-Protest weapon - giant microwave emitter 
TheOilAge: doom recipes 
HubbertsArms: Interacting with women leaves men "Cognitively Impaired" 
HubbertsArms: 'First they came for the uninsured drivers...' (forecourt CCTV meets the DVLA)

SilentCountry: 'Solar Black Hole' Anomaly Sends Conspiracy Theorists Into Frenzy
SilentCountry: Drought: first desalination opens in mainland Britain as water bosses warn of price rises


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