Thursday, May 10, 2012

Breaking News Thurs. May 10, 2012

Hello and good Thursday to you!
Over at the Teeming Brain, Matt Cardin has posted what I think is a must see video.
A brilliant look at the difference between information and wisdom.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did this morning, be sure to stop by Matt's blog and thank him for posting it!
Oh, and here's something that just strick me as...weird.
Why in the world would the Swiss do a thing like that?

Much thanks to our good friends RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer , and to Doug at 3Es News and David at ETF Daily!

and as always, please use the links at the bottom of the blog and visit the great forums listed there! You'll have lots of fun, I promise.

Peak Oil and Energy News
Alternet: Vermont Will Be First U.S. State to Ban Fracking
TheOilDrum: Norwegian Crude Oil Reserves and Production as of 12/31/2011

EnergyBulletin: Visualize Gasoline

RedditScience: We decoded the nature of the leaf. Artificial leaf can turn water into hydrogen energy and oxygen, powered by sunlight.

ArabNews: Oil market has extra supplies: Naimi
CNNMoney: It's dangerous to depend on natural gas
CNNMoney: Oil rig workers make nearly $100,000 a year

Scitizen: The Oil Industry's Deceitful Promise of American Energy Independence - The oil and gas industry would like you to believe that American energy independence is just around the corner. The question is, why do they want you to believe it now? After all, if energy independence were that easy to deliver, the industry would have done it a long time ago.

Mish: 3-Month Gasoline and Petroleum Usage Still Declining
CNNMoney: Gas prices: Down and headed lower 
CommodityOnline: Crude Oil is in oversupply: OPEC

Global Conflict
ExtinctionProtocol: The potential war beween China and the Philippines that the U.S. is being snared into that Americans know little about
IBTimes: Pentagon Steps Up Efforts To Detect Moles

ExtinctionProtocol: Arab newspapers interpret new Netanyahu-Mofaz alliance as preamble for war - May 10, 2012 – MIDDLE EAST – Newspapers across the Arab world could not ignore Israel’s political drama and the declaration of a unity government on Tuesday. Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz were described as conniving war mongers and corrupt politicians as editorials declared war was looming. “Netanyahu is forming a war government,” al-Quds al-Arabi’s headline cried.

Hosted: Saudis emerge as key US ally against terrorists Putin skipping G8 summit, meeting with Obama over unrest

BBC: Syria unrest: Damascus 'suicide blasts' kill dozens
At least 55 people have been killed and 372 wounded in a twin suicide bombing, Syria's interior minister says.
State TV footage of the blasts showed massive destruction in the al-Qazzaz suburb to the south of Damascus said to house a military intelligence complex.
Reuters: U.S. downs test missile with new interceptor
CBSNews: Yemen bomb plot revealed too soon?
MSNBC: Terror group may have made more underwear bombs

WorldNews: 'Frustrated' dad of kidnapped US soldier takes actionTheNation: House Kills Measure to Fully Fund Mortgage Fraud Task Force

Reuters: Eighteen people beheaded in Mexico, drug gang suspected
BlacklistedeNews: UN Confirms Weapons Being Smuggled to Syrian Rebels
LegitGov: FBI chief urges US Congress to renew wide-ranging surveillance power in counterterror probes

GlobeAndMail: Saudi intelligence used tribal connections to stop underwear bomb plot  
BenningtonBanner: Red Cross stops work in much of Pakistan 
TheAtlantic: Super-Thin Models, No-Fly Lists, and the Middle East Peace Process

SeattleTimes: Israel: Iran must commit to stop all enrichment - Israel on Wednesday accused Iran of stalling in negotiations over its nuclear program with the international community, and said an upcoming round of talks can succeed only if the Iranians agree to halt all uranium enrichment. 

CNNMoney: Occupy Bank of America: Hundreds protest
FDL: Bank Vs. America – Protests Outside, Inside BofA Shareholder Meeting - Occupy and bank accountability activists have staged a major protest at Bank of America’s shareholder meeting today.

TruthOut: The Corporate Media's Attempt to Kill the Occupy Movement
DailyKos: Police Union May Expel Capt. Ray Lewis for Wearing Uniform at Occupy While Backing Criminal Officers

Domestic Financial News
CNNMoney: Volcker: Big Banks are too big, but that's OK
IBTimes: First Purchase Of U.S. Bank By China As ICBC Buys 80 Percent Of NY-Based Bank Of East Asia

BusinessInsider: CHART OF THE DAY: Consumer Strength Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be 
CNNMoney: Three Chinese banks expanding in U.S.

Bloomberg: U.S. Millionaires Told Go Away as Tax Evasion Rule Looms -- Go away, American millionaires. That’s what some of the world’s largest wealth-management firms are saying ahead of Washington’s implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as Fatca, which seeks to prevent tax evasion by Americans with offshore accounts.

CharlesHughSmith: Why the Job Market Will Continue Shrinking
Alternet: Can Beer Save America? - How the battle between the macrobrew behemoths and the craftbrew insurgents reflects a path for America's troubled economy.
Brookings: Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production

ModeledBehavior: The Ticking of the Monetary Clock
Guardian: How income inequality contributed to the Great Recession
WSJ: Vital Signs: Wholesale Restocking Slows

FDL: Brown Reintroduces Safe Banking Act - The legislation that’s truly needed, what was missing from the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, is a measure to bring these behemoth banks down in size, to reduce risk throughout the economy as well as the political influence and power that leads to bad outcomes and toothless regulation.

Economix: Breaking Up Four Big Banks
ETFDaily: Jim Rogers: Get Out of Stocks; Buy Gold, Silver and Agriculture 
Bottomline: The cars Americans will not buy

Politico: Harry Reid: No rollback of automatic budget cuts
FederalReserve: Banks and Bank Lending: The State of Play
FiscalTimes: Data Dive: Unemployment Rate Is in Double Digits 

MSNBC: Bill would crack down on nasty overdraft fees
BusinessInsider: Jim Rogers: I Don't See This As A Great Time To Buy Stocks At All
BusinessInsider: JIM ROGERS: The Next Economic Slowdown Is Coming And It's Going To Be Much Worse

CalculatedRisk: Trade Deficit increased in March to $51.8 Billion
WSJ: Good and Bad in Credit-Card Binge - Talk about March Madness: consumers went on a borrowing spree, adding $21.4 billion in borrowing for the month.

BusinessInsider: 6 Things That Could Turn America Into A Cashless Society

Global Financial News
Businessweek: Spain Says Treasury Is Only Entity Left Able to Get Funding 
Bruegel: Will the elections in Europe change economic policy?
Zerohedge: Greece's Jobless Soar By 42% As Unemployment Rises To Record, Industrial Collapse Accelerates

Alternet: Haiti's Hotel Boom: Only for the Rich - The reconstruction effort in Haiti is faithfully following trickledown economic policies, which will exacerbate income inequality in the country.
WSJ: Greek Socialists Take Turn For Coalition Talks To End Deadlock

MSNBC: In debt or jobless, many Italians choose suicide
Spiegel: Too Poor for Stimulus? Europe Eyes Shift from Austerity to Growth

Zerohedge: The Japanese Are Dumping Their Gold
Zerohedge: Goldman Sees “Currency of Last Resort” Up 15% At $1,840/oz In 6 Months 
ETFDaily: Global Super-Bugs Herald Age Of Silver 
CommodityOnline: Weak rupee could hurt Indian Gold demand: HSBC

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M 4.4, Hokkaido, Japan region

Space Weather News for May 9, 2012

RADIO-ACTIVE SUNSPOT: Huge sunspot AR1476 is crackling with M-class solar flares and appears to be on the verge of producing something even stronger. The sunspot's 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field harbors energy for X-class flares, the most powerful kind.  Radio operators are recording strong bursts of shortwave static from the sunspot as it turns toward Earth. Visit for sample recordings and forecasts.

TruthOut: Silencing Communities: How the Fracking Industry Keeps Its Secrets 
ExtinctionProtocol: Destabilization: Scientists discover new unstable region the size of New Jersey under Antarctica Ice Sheet
DesdemonaDespair: Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against U.S. clean energy strategy, plan ‘subversion’ and ‘dummy businesses’

Grist: Walmart heirs quietly fund Walmart’s environmental allies
The Times noted that EDF “does not accept contributions from Walmart or other corporations it works with.” EDF itself often mentions this when the subject of Walmart comes up, making note of it on its website, as well as in blog posts and other communications about its work with the company.
But, while it’s true that Walmart does not fund EDF (either directly or through its internal, company-run foundation), the environmental group does receive an awful lot of money from the Walton Family Foundation. Since 2004, the foundation has given EDF more than $53 million. Last year, the foundation’s $13.7 million grant to the group amounted to about 15 percent of EDF’s budget. After readers brought this to the attention of The Times, the newspaper amended its story and ran a correction noting the Walton foundation’s grants to EDF.
Grist: The most beautiful illegal treehouse you’ve ever seen
 ExtinctionProtocol: Trashed planet: New study finds plastic garbage in Pacific Ocean increases one hundred-fold
TampaCBSLocal: Orangutans At Miami Zoo Use iPads To Communicate
USAToday: Giant sunspot could hurl strong solar flares toward Earth

MSNBC: Zoo chimp makes elaborate plots to attack humans
Santino works quite deliberately to throw projectiles at people, scientists say
IBTimes: Botswana’s Bushmen: The World’s Last Surviving Hunter Gatherers [SLIDESHOW]

ThinkProgress: Report: U.S. Environmental Satellite System ‘Is At Risk Of Collapse’ And Could Decline 75% By 2020 - The Nation’s leading scientists have issued a stark warning: America’s ability to monitor the environment is rapidly diminishing.
ThinkProgress: U.S. Experiences Warmest 12-Month Period On Record And Most Extreme January to April 

DesdemonaDespair: Koch Brothers’ activism protects their 50-year stake in Canadian heavy oils

America in Decline
NPR: Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class
Alternet: 7 Foreclosure Horror Stories (And One Possible Win) - Around the country, families are being tossed out of their homes with astonishing regularity, with local law enforcement enlisted to do the bidding of big banks.FDL: More Examples of Government Failure-by-Design
McClatchy: Use of white noise to block sound at Guantanamo 9/11 hearing was an error, Pentagon says
Cryptogon: Military Training in the Middle of Miami Jolts Residents Out of Bed
No, there was no smell of napalm in the morning.
But there was the thunderous whump whump of low-flying helicopters, and even the jarring blast of explosions at the abandoned Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove early Tuesday during a military training exercise that jolted many unsuspecting residents from their beds.
Rawstory: Mississippi twins arrested for videoing police from their balcony

Food and Water
CivilEats: Grange Brew: Tapping into Beer’s Agricultural Roots
Alternet: Big Agriculture's Big Secrets: 9 Things You Need to Know About the Food You Eat
Food scandals are so costly to Big Food that it has repeatedly tried to kill the messenger rather than clean up its act.
BlacklistedNews: Is The Food We Eat Killing Us?
CNNMoney: Safeway shuns tiny pig cages

Internet and Online Privacy News
TechReview: A Camera App that Gets to Know Your Friends - Klik uses facial-recognition technology to identify who you're shooting.
RedTape: Bill would make digital snooping by employers illegal
BlacklistedNews: Congress To Amend NDAA To Give DoD & NSA Greater 'Cyberwar' Powers

Science and Technology
PopSci: Do You "Possess" What You View Online?
MSNBC: Space veterans offer NASA their Liberty launch system
ATK, Lockheed Martin and Astrium join forces to propose space taxi for astronauts

SingularityHub: Green Light For Google’s Driverless Car As It Receives First Autonomous 
Wired: Pentagon's Newest Ballistic Missile-Blaster Shoots Down Its Target
PopSci: Video: Bizarrely Realistic Japanese Robotic Buttocks Responds to Slaps 

Medical and Health
IBTimes: Aimee Copeland Contracts Flesh Eating Bacteria After Zip Lining Accident, 8 Ways To Prevent ‘Necrotizing Fasciitis’
IBTimes: NZ Childcare Centre Panics over Pre-schooler with HIV, Sends Boy Home 

McClatchy: New Medicare data show disparities in health care costs
Vitals: Suction cups hold up patients' fat during surgery - A team of bioengineering students, responding to an urgent request from a heart surgeon, has developed a device that can lift the abdomen of an obese patient undergoing surgery so the patient can breathe.

MSNBC: Panel drops 2 controversial diagnoses in new psychiatric manual
Streamlined definition of autism remains; proposals dropped to expand diagnoses of depressive disorder, psychosis

SingularityHub: Toothless No More – Researchers Using Stem Cells to Grow New Teeth
ScienceDaily: Regenerative Medicine: Could the ways animals regenerate hair and feathers lead to restoring human fingers and toes?

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalOnline: 11 Quotes That Show How Worried The Financial World Is About Europe Right Now
BackdoorSurvival: Keep on Prepping

ModernSurvivalBlog: Are Preppers Crazy?

Other News
Hosted: Lugar loss has stark lessons for Obama, Romney
LAT: Kelly Thomas case: Two Fullerton cops ordered to stand trial
WSJ: Obama Says He Supports Gay Marriage

TheAtlantic: Nicholas Katzenbach, Unsung Hero of America's Desegregation
BBC: Indonesia searchers find bodies at Russia jet wreckage

BBC: Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon dies
Fox: House panel votes to ban same-sex marriages on US military bases
HubbertsArms: Does Amendment One in NC also outlaw second marriages?
WorldNews: Reporting on the horror of Britain's sex gangs 

Reuters: Missing words from 9-11 tribunal: CIA and "big-boy pants"
Reuters: No survivors found after Russian plane crashes in Indonesia
WBIR: Relative: Suspect thought kidnapped girls were his

MSNBC: Girl, 12, forced to wear diaper in public after 'F' on report card, police say - Police say a Minnesota mother and her husband shaved the head of her 12-year-old daughter, then forced the girl to run around in a diaper in public as punishment for a failing grade on her report card.

Telegraph: US Election 2012: Mitt Romney accused of 'bullying gay classmate'

Alternet: The Conservatives Are Hitting Rock Bottom. Can "Common-Good Conservatism" Save Them? - Ayn Rand and Jim Crow have driven the American right into moral bankruptcy. Two conservatives argue that there's no comeback in sight until they repudiate both.Rawstory: North Carolina gay rights supporters regroup after loss on Amendment One

USNews: Man tries to stop wife's vote; she hits him with SUV
Alternet: Limbaugh Affiliate Reports Millions In Lost Revenue - Cumulus Media, a radio company that carries Rush Limbaugh's show on 38 of its stations, announced millions in losses directly attributable to Limbaugh's show.

CBSNews: Romney apologizes for school pranks

TinfoilPalace: The End - Remote Viewing Predictions
TinfoilPalace: NATO summit site

TheOilAge: Smart Electric Meters !
TheOilAge: Ernest Callenbach, Last words to an America in decline

HubbertsArms: Poland: Fed up neighbours stick boy racer's car on top of tree
HubbertsArms: How to stay afloat in a bad economy.

SilentCountry: Michelle Bachman now has Switzerland citizenship
SilentCountry: Monsanto will own bees now


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