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CNN: Small plane with unresponsive pilot circling over Gulf
(CNN) -- A small plane with an unresponsive pilot crashed in the central Gulf of Mexico Thursday after circling above the ocean for several hours, a Coast Guard spokesman said.also, check this out from RJ, it's hysterical!
The Air Force, which had dispatched fighter jets to monitor the twin-engine Cessna 421, reported it crashed about 12:10 p.m., said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher O'Neil, a Coast Guard spokesman. The aircraft had been circling over the Gulf about 200 miles south of Panama City, Florida, another spokesman, Chief Petty Officer John Edwards, told CNN.
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Peak Oil and Energy News
MotherJones: Charts: Dirty Energy’s Election Ad Spending Spree - Hey there, swing state resident: Does this ad look familiar? The video, which got 1.3 million views in the last two weeks, is sponsored by the American Energy Alliance. AEA, as it turns out, is one of several pro-oil and gas interest groups spending oodles of cash on campaign advertisements in 2012, according to a new analysis by Think Progress.
Reuters: Exclusive: UK has vast shale gas reserves, geologists say - Britain may have enough offshore shale gas to catapult it into the top ranks of global producers, energy experts now believe, and while production costs are still very high, new U.S. technology should eventually make reserves commercially viable.
ThinkProgress: TransCanada Submits New Route For Keystone XL Tar Sands PipelineBanglaNews24: Iraq Bars Exxon From Energy Auction - Iraq said Thursday that it wouldn’t allow US energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp to take part in the country’s fourth oil-and-gas licensing auction, scheduled for May, because of the deals it struck with the semiautonomous Kurdistan region.
SeattleTimes: Shell looks at $4B in possible projects in Nigeria - Royal Dutch Shell PLC is considering $4 billion worth of onshore projects in Nigeria to help capture natural gas currently burning at oil wells that contribute to global warming and can sicken those living nearby, the company's CEO said Wednesday.
TheGlobeAndMail: Meet the man the shale gas industry hates
VancouverSun: U.S. renews veto threat over Canada-to-Texas Keystone pipeline
Forbes: U.S. Energy Independence in 15 Years?
EuropeanEnergy: Cheer up: the world has plenty of oil: It's widely believed nowadays that global oil production is running up against its limits. "The days of easy oil are over", we are told and we should brace ourselves for an age of relative oil scarcity. The reality, however, is very different. As more and more people within the oil industry have come to realize in recent years, the world has plenty of oil that can be produced at competitive prices for a long, long time to come. This means the world does not face inevitable "energy poverty" and there is no reason to be afraid of unavoidable "energy wars". Four years ago, I wrote in my book The Myth of the Oil Crisis that: "To believe in imminent peak oil requires an unlikely concatenation of overstated reserves, the funnel of major projects drying up, the end of significant reserves growth, very disappointing exploration results, in both well-established and frontier basins, and a failure, despite ideal circumstances, of unconventional oil to deliver what has already been shown to be achievable."
Counterpunch: "Stupid and Mean and Brutal" The Iron Man
“In blood and sweat / A race will arise to us / Proud and generous and brutal…”ExtinctionProtocol: Israeli citizens believe a nuclear bomb would deter new Holocaust - April 18, 2012 – ISRAEL - A nuclear bomb in Israel’s hands would deter the threat of a genocidal attack against the Jewish people, such as the one perpetrated by the German Nazi regime during the 1940s, a Knesset Channel poll revealed on Wednesday.
Thus wrote Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the founder of extreme right-wing Zionism, who was also a writer and a poet. Present-day Likud leaders see him as their forefather, much as Stalin saw Karl Marx.
Time: The War Between the Sudans: No Longer Any Pretense of Peace
CNN: India: Missile test 'immaculate' success - New Delhi (CNN) -- India said Thursday that it had successfully carried out the maiden test flight of its longest-range nuclear-capable missile, which can apparently travel more than 5,000 kilometers.
SeattlePI: Blasts in Baghdad, northern Iraqi cities kill 30
CSMonitor: India tests missile that can reach China
NYT: Iraq Attacks Kill Dozens
TheHill: Pentagon chief: 'We're within an inch of war almost every day’AFP: Australian troops to stay in Afghanistan through 2014
USAToday: Israel honors 6 million victims of Nazi Holocaust
UPI: CIA wants expanded use of drones in Yemen
NYT: Images of G.I.’s With Taliban Remains Raise Fears on Discipline
Guardian: Photos of US troops with body parts disgusting, says Hamid Karzai
Guardian: Syria has not complied with peace plan, says Ban Ki-moon - UN secretary general says Syria has failed to send 'clear signal' about ending violence, and calls for more observers
BBC: Syria precarious, warns UN's Ban
Domestic Financial News
eXiled: Sponge Off A Rich Woman: The Koch Family’s “Leechertarian” Secret To Success
Where have all the women's jobs gone? - Women were spared the brunt of the Great Recession, but they haven't recovered as well as men. The loss of state and local jobs are the primary culprit.
HuffingtonPost: The Son of the Housing Bubble: First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit
Youtube: Bill Moyers Essay: It Pays to Be Rich
CNN: Sprint hit with $300 million tax fraud lawsuit
Reuters: New York state sues Sprint for more than $300 million over taxes
CapitalGainsAndGames: 2013 Budget Debate May Be Setting The Standard For Crazy
ZeroGuest Post: Wages And Consumption Are Both In Long-Term Downtrends
BlacklistedNews: There Is Not Going To Be A Solution To Our Economic Problems On The National Level - For those waiting for our economic problems to be solved, you can quit holding your breath. There is simply not going to be a solution to our economic problems on the national level. So why is that the case? Well, it is because the economic policies of both major political parties are very, very similar when you take a close look at them. Yes, that statement may sound downright bizarre to many Americans, but it is true.
CalculatedRisk: Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims at 386,000
CNNMoney: Stocks waver after weak U.S. economic data
DetroitFreePress: Facing winds of change: New manufacturing method wipes out factory jobs at Harley - YORK, Pa. -- For a look at what's to come for Harley-Davidson, the best place to start is the company's largest motorcycle factory, where change has been described as "leaning into a hurricane."
Where 41 buildings once stood on 232 acres, there's now an enormous vacant lot.
Gone are about half of the 2,300 jobs that, for decades, supported families in this blue-collar town.
The old buildings, some of them dating to World War II, were demolished as Harley-Davidson wiped the slate clean and developed a new manufacturing system that's the template for changes coming to Harley plants in Wisconsin and Kansas City, Mo.
ChrisMartenson: Get Ready for 'Hot' Inflation - Ideological deflationists and inflationists alike find themselves both facing the same problem.
StarTribune: American Airlines boosts job-cutting goal to 14,200, plans to outsource skycaps, cargo agents
CNBC: Whitney Reverses Citigroup Call: Is Financial Crisis Over?
CNNMoney: Economists: Congress won't fix economy
MSNBC: 61 DC employees terminated -- for collecting jobless benefits
Politico: House passes 20 percent small biz tax cut
MarketDay: Citigroup shareholders snub execs on pay
CNNMoney: Hostile takeovers are back
Global Financial News
FT: IMF sees banks deleveraging by $2.6tn: A drastic contraction of European bank balance sheets during the next 18 months could jeopardise financial stability and economic growth in Europe and beyond, according to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund.
CNNMoney: Spanish bond auction meets satisfactory demand
Zerohedge: Goldman On The Three Risk World
Telegraph: Fitch doubts Dutch AAA as property slump reaches ‘coma' - Fitch Ratings has issued the clearest warning to date that Holland faces losing its AAA rating if it fails to deliver austerity cuts or lets political conflict intrude on economic management.
BusinessInsider: And Now Nokia Has A New Problem -- It Might Go Bankrupt
GlobeAndMail: Nokia replaces sales chief after $1.2-billion loss - Nokia (NOK-N3.90-0.07-1.76%) ditched its sales chief and promised to slash more costs, as the Finnish cellphone maker runs out of time to reinvent itself under pressure from smartphone rivals.
GlobalEconomicAnalysis: Hopeless Situation in Spain: New Wave of Defaults as Home Prices Crash; Bad Loans Highest Since Oct '94 - Bad news upon bad news keeps piling up in Spain as the government still insists it can meet deficit targets without needing a bailout.
Zerohedge: Is This The Canary Of Australia's Collapsing Housing Coalmine?TAE: Spain, Land of Magical Financial Realism
NPR: Euopean Central Bank Removes Risk Of Global CrisisZerohedge: Guest Post: Meet The Man Bankrupting The Eurozone (And Maybe The Rest Of The World)
FT: A shrill debate in ‘the land of consensus’ - A few days ago, a man named Koizumi stood up in the Japanese parliament to vote against a bill. The man in question was not Junichiro Koizumi, the most charismatic and long-lasting prime minister of recent times. Rather it was Shinjuro, his 31-year-old son, who was voting against a bill to water down his father’s landmark postal privatisation. The centrepiece of Koizumi the Elder’s term, postal privatisation aimed to rid the government of one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. The idea was to release some Y350,000bn in postal funds from the state’s grasp in the hope that the private sector would figure out something better to do with it.
Telegraph: IMF fears $3.8 trillion forced asset sale by eurozone banks
An escalation of the eurozone debt crisis could force European banks to sell assets worth up to $3.8 trillion (£2.4 trillion) by the end of 2013 and trigger a fresh credit crunch, the International Monetary Fund has warned.
Zerohedge: Italy Jumps On Nationalization Bandwagon: Tax Police "Seizes" 20% Of Second Largest Domestic Insurer
CommodityOnline; Silver posts all time record annual average price of $35 12 in 2011
Yahoo: Gold Heading to $700: Author Sees “Impending Collapse”
Grist: Kangaroo genitals are weirder than you ever thought possible
BankokPost: Farmers in Tree Bank programme harvest long-term profits and win over sceptical neighbours
ScienceDaily: Scientists confirm limited genetic diversity in the extinct Tasmanian tiger
ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) — A team of international scientists including from the University of Melbourne have discovered the unique Tasmanian Tiger or thylacine had limited genetic diversity prior to its extinction.
Telegraph: BP settles $7.8bn of Gulf oil spill claims - BP has reached definitive agreements with more than 100,000 private plaintiffs to resolve claims for economic, property and medical damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Bloomberg: Obama Issues Pollution Rules for Gas Wells, Offers Phase-In
WSJ: States Mine Federal Funds After Need Is Gone - LARAMIE, Wyo.—When the University of Wyoming needed an extra $10 million for renovations to its basketball arena last month, state legislators turned to an unlikely source: a federal fund for cleaning up abandoned coal mines.
MNN: 8 incredible images of dead and dying stars: Life and death
Fuelfix: EPA gives industry breathing room on anti-pollution rule
UPI: U.S. failing in offshore oil safety
ClimateCrocks: Heat + Frost = Complete Wipeout of Michigan Grapes. Deniers – They Just Need More CO2 - Clueless deniers continue to tell me that “CO2 is Good for plants”. Obviously it’s good in a controlled lab or greenhouse environment. The rest of us, particularly farmers, have to live in the inconvenient real world – where droughts, floods, and extreme heat events like we had this march, have actual effects.
America in Decline
BlacklistedNews: Leaked CIA Memo Shows Bush Was Warned Torture Methods Are War Crimes
Bloomberg: Torture Suits Against Companies Blocked by Top U.S. Court
DailyKos: Supreme Court: Corporations aren’t people … when they torture
Alternet: How We're Footing the Bill for Violent Crackdowns on Dissent in the Middle East - A global, for-profit system binds together US weapons companies, repressive governments in the Middle East and taxpayer money.
BlacklistedNews: Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015
WashingtonPost: Vatican orders crackdown on American nuns
WASHINGTON — The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America’s 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.Rome also chided the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for sponsoring conferences that featured “a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”InfoWars: Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses…
CNNMoney: CEO pay is 380 times average worker's - AFL-CIO
Food and Water
BlacklistedNews: Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm
Reuters: House panel okays $33 billion in food stamp cuts - A U.S. congressional panel approved about $33 billion in cuts over 10 years from food stamp benefits, in a largely symbolic and highly partisan vote opposed by committee Democrats and by anti-poverty groups.
The cuts advanced by the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee on Wednesday would reduce spending on food stamps that help 46 million people buy food by $7.7 billion in the first year, by $19.7 billion in five years, and the balance in the next five years.
CivilEats: Cottage Food: A Step Towards a Law
“All food businesses start in a home kitchen,” said Shakirah Simley recently at Kitchen Table Talks in San Francisco. Her statement is a simple reflection on the ethos driving the recent cottage food legislation in California. Abuzz among the craft food community for months, the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) passed the Assembly Committee on Health on April 17th in a unanimous vote of support by all 15 committee members.CityFarmer: Planting the Seed – the new PBS series ‘Food Forward’
Internet and Online Privacy News
SingularityHub: New Smartphone Chips Will Pinpoint Your Exact Location Down To The Inch, Even Inside Buildings
Science and Technology
CNNMoney: Xandem's security sensors can see through walls
ScienceDaily: Boundary between electronics and biology is blurring: First proof of ferroelectricity in simplest amino acid
PopSci: Brain Scans Can Reliably Predict Future Behavior, Including Eating and Sex - Brain scans can hear our thoughts, make us learn by osmosis and even predict our actions. Now a new study claims that functional MRI scans can reliably judge a person’s most basic appetites, predicting future sexual behavior or weight gain.
ScienceDaily: Solar cell that also shines: Luminescent 'LED-type' design breaks efficiency record
Medical and Health
NADTA: Medical Marijuana Laws Go Up in Smoke – Courthouse News Service
UPI: Owning a dog beneficial for pregnant women
ScientificAmerican: Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test
DoctorTipster: Myocardial Infarction Effects Reversed Using Embryonic Stem Cells
CuriousCapitalist: Facing up to the Ethical Dilemmas in the Healthcare Debate - Politicians talk as though relatively painless solutions can be found. But in reality there is no magical escape from difficult choices – they can only be dealt with by facing up to them squarely. The chief cause of these problems is demographic. People age 65 and older accounted for 10% of the U.S. population in 1970, are more than 13% today, and will be around 20% by 2050, according to projections by the Population Reference Bureau. That will result in a massive rise in healthcare spending, because medical costs for someone over 65 are more than triple those for younger people. Moreover, advances in technology are further pushing up costs for the most effective treatments. As a result, overall healthcare spending is projected to rise from 17% of GDP today to 25% within 25 years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Some of this will fall on elderly individuals themselves. Between 2010 and 2040, the median share of household income spent on health care by Americans age 65 and older will likely increase from 10% to 19%, according to the Urban Institute. The median out-of-pocket costs for individuals age 65 and older will more than double in constant 2008 dollars, from about $2,600 a year to about $6,200.
Forbes: Barney Frank: Obamacare Was a ‘Mistake’ - Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), who is retiring from the House this year, now says that President Obama made a “mistake” in pushing for his signature health law. “I think we paid a terrible price for health care,” he told Jason Zengerle of New York magazine. “I would not have pushed it as hard.. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care.”
HuffingtonPost: Are You Taking These Asthma Drugs?
Vitals: Daily activity can lower Alzheimer's risk, even in very old, study finds
TodayHealth: Allergies really are worse this year - About 22.8 percent of Americans reported being sick with allergies on any given day so far this month, according to data from a nationally representative Gallup-Healthways poll. For comparison, 20.8 percent reported allergy sickness on any day in April 2011, and 21.8 percent reported the same in April 2010.This month's percentage even tops the 2011 allergy season peak, which came in May, when 22.1 percent reported being sick with allergies on any given day.
MSNBC: FDA seizes contaminated medical imaging gel
WBIR: TN House votes to allow criminal prosecution for harming embryos - The state House of Representatives approved a bill allowing homicide and assault prosecutions for the death of embryos in the earliest stages of development, in a vote tinged by the decades-long fight over abortion. House lawmakers voted 80-18 for a measure that would extend criminal punishments for killing a fetus to the first eight weeks of pregnancy.
Supporters said the bill would clarify a law passed last year that made it easier to prosecute people for harming fetuses.
Opponents said charges of harming an embryo will be difficult to prove because many pregnancies end naturally at that stage. They suggested the measure really is meant to set up future battles over abortion.
Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
BackdoorSurvival: When It is All Too Much – 8 Tips for Coping During Stressful Times
WaldenEffect: Rainy day transplanting
PreppingToSurvive: The Just-In-Time Inventory Bomb
WaldenEffect: Freezer work bench
JustInCaseBookBlog: Picture perfect
Spiegel: Mass Murderer's American Pen Pal: 'I Dream of Meeting Breivik'
He's an American in his early twenties and he worships a mass murderer. On the third day of the trial against Anders Breivik, Kevin Forts has outed himself as a pen pal of the accused. Breivik's delusional ideology is gaining support in a small, but growing scene of Islam haters.
Hosted: Breivik wanted to decapitate former Norway PM
CBSNews: Source: Ousted Secret Service agent plans to sue
CNN: More Secret Service resignations expected
Crikey: Australian WikiLeaks lawyer, on ‘inhibited person’ travel list, stopped at Airport
BusinessInsider: MIKE TYSON: I Got A Prison Official Pregnant While I Was In Jail
McClatchy: Coast Guard stops 30th drug sub
WSJ: Meet the (New) Judge Handling George Zimmerman's Case
Reuters: Gunmen open fire on Texas cockfight, killing 3, wounding 8 - Masked gunmen killed three men and wounded eight others when they opened fire on an illegal cockfighting ring in southern Texas, the local sheriff said Thursday.
LAT: Barack Obama has no chance to win the Ted Nugent voters
BusinessInsider: Obama Is Still Winning The Polls On Women
Politico: Allen West backs Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent doesn’t bear “any ill will” toward President Barack Obama, Rep. Allen West said Thursday despite the rocker’s appointment with the Secret Service over his controversial comments.CBSNews: Romney: I won't apologize for my dad's wealth
“I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something and of course everyone wants to sensationalize things but let's leave it up to the Secret Service to interview him and get to the bottom of it,” West, a Florida Republican, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien when asked about Nugent’s comments.
PoliticalCalculations: How Much Does President Obama Still Owe on His House? - In June 2005, President Barack Obama paid $1.65 million to acquire his house in Chicago. How much do you think he still owes on it today? Believe it or not we can actually answer that question using information from the President's tax returns, which he has released to the public! Combined with information about his mortgage, which the Washington Post has been kind enough to publish, we estimate that as of this month, April 2012, President Obama still owes approximately $806,000 on his residence at 5046 South Greenwood Avenue in Kenwood, Illinois. Here's how we know.
TinfoilPalace: Time Traveller Issues Warning
TinfoilPalace: 2011-2013 Projected Sequence of Events
TheOilAge: Argentina kicks out Spanish oil interest
TheOilAge: Breivik media attention
HubbertsArms: 100% Certainty of Catastrophic Failure
HubbertsArms: Another U.S. Government Sellout: Fracking For Export
SilentCountry: Earth Unprepared for Super Solar Storm
SilentCountry: Bloomberg wants smoking ban for NYC apartments? Proposed law
DestinyCalls: The Parravinci prophecies
DestinyCalls: Strange Earth Noises (article from 1984, "Unexplained" magazine)