Thursday, May 3, 2012

Breaking News Thurs. May 3, 2012

Hello and happy Thursday to you all!
This story was sent in by RJ this morning and, you know, it really has some potential.
Potential for disaster that is.
RawStory: Rick Scott allows guns at GOP convention to ‘protect’ citizens from ‘protests’
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has officially rejected a proposal by the city of Tampa to limit firearms outside the Republican National Convention in Florida later this year.

Last week, the Tampa City Council formally asked Scott to use his executive power to temporarily suspend a state law that prevents local governments from regulating guns.

The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A so-called “Clean Zone” around the convention area would prohibit string longer than six inches, glass containers, light bulbs, portable shields and gas masks. A smaller protest area would prevent demonstrators from having camping gear, bottles, cans and umbrellas. The Secret Service has said that only law enforcement will be able to carry firearms inside of the convention center.

Luke Rudkowski: Max Keiser on OWS, Financial Repression, Confronting Obama & Copyright Laws

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Peak Oil and Energy News
TransitionVoice: Seven myths used to debunk peak oil, debunked
CuriousCapitalist: Fracked: Why Chesapeake Energy’s Aubrey McClendon is in Hot Water - Aubrey McClendon, the billionaire CEO of natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, opened his company’s first-quarter conference call on Wednesday by describing the last two weeks as “very challenging.” That may be an understatement — the last 48 hours alone have been dizzying.

WSJ: More Consumers Plan Summer Travel as Sentiment Improves - U.S. consumers in May felt better about both the current economy and the future, according to a survey released Thursday. More are also planning to travel this summer.

Global Conflict
USAToday: New Bin Laden documents posted online
With the blessing of the Obama administration, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point this morning published 17 declassified letters and documents recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
BBC: 'Deadly raid hits Syria students'
Reuters: Pro-Assad gun, knife attack kills four protesters
BlacklistedNews: US military-industrial giant KBR in bidding to privatize British police forces
Counterpunch: Israel Plots an Endgame - Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967.

BBC: Chen 'unable to meet US envoys' - Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says he has been unable to meet US officials to discuss his desire to leave the country, he tells the BBC.
Reuters: Chinese dissident seeks exile, strains U.S.-China tiesBBC: Chen affair: How US diplomatic success turned to disaster

LAT: Chinese dissidents slam US handling of Chen Guangcheng case 
TheAtlantic: America's Cold-Blooded Treatment of Chen Guangcheng - Mitt Romney might paint Obama as weak on foreign policy, but the Chen case shows just how calculating, even Kissingerian, he can be.

RealityZone: Finding Bin Laden: The Truth Behind the Official Story By Gareth PorterBBC: Russia warns on missile defence

Reuters: Israel heading for September poll, Netanyahu leads field 

PeakOil: Israel Prepares for War
Israel’s IDF has called up six reserve battalions as the situation on the Syrian and Egyptian borders deteriorates. The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, has given permission to call up an additional 16 reserve battalions if necessary, the Times of Israel reported on May 2.

“This signifies that the IDF regards the Egyptian and Syrian borders as the potential source of a greater threat than in the past,” said former deputy chief of staff, Dan Harel.
TheTap: False Flag Terror Starts To Get Boring
911 woke us all up. The London bombing 7/7/2005 sickened us. Then the internet let us all know who really carried out the attacks. Many people, possibly half of US citizens, know that the perpetrators of most terror events are the government and its secret services, in alliance with globalist organisations. Once people realised that, then it all began to fall into place, how a bearded man in a cave, an ex-friend of the US President could supposedly hold the whole world to ransom for a decade. He didn't, but the media used the idea to keep people in fear for all that time.

BlacklistedNews: Unmasked: Meet The FBI’s Bridge Bomb Plot Snitch
The paid informant who helped orchestrate the FBI sting that resulted in the arrest of five anarchists for allegedly plotting to blow up an Ohio bridge is a convicted felon who was arrested on bad check and theft charges in the midst of his cooperation with federal investigators, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Domestic Financial News
Bloomberg: Dallas Fed Urges Removal of CEOs of Bailed-Out Banks
NTY: Mortgage Aid Programs Were Halted, Papers Show - The Federal National Mortgage Association and Freddie Mac approved and even initiated programs to reduce homeowner debt and save taxpayers millions, but halted them before the trials had progressed far enough to measure success, according to documents released Tuesday.
Reuters: Jobless claims tumble, may calm job market fears - New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, according to a government report on Thursday that could ease fears the labor market recovery was stalling.

DallasFed: Why We Must End Too Big to Fail – Now(pdf) - Dallas Fed Slideshow
TBJ: The best and worst states for doing business
EconomyWatch: 30-year mortgage rates hit record low 3.84%

Zerohedge: US Factory Orders Post Biggest Decline Since March 2009
CuriousCapitalist: AP Survey: Steady Job Gains to Sustain U.S. Recovery –Hiring through the rest of 2012 will lag the brisk pace set early this year. But it will be strong enough to push the unemployment rate below 8 percent by Election Day.

TheNation: The Recovery Is Really Good at Creating Bad Jobs - The picture is as bleak in the United States as it is around the globe generally. Part-time employment grew from just under 10 percent in 2007 to just over that figure in 2010. But even worse is the fact that the percentage of the workers in those jobs who would rather be working full-time doubled, from around 7 percent in 2007 to 15 percent in 2010. That’s a lot of people who aren’t working as many hours as they need to. The recovery period has also steadily created more temporary jobs than stable, lasting ones.

FDL: Geithner Decides to Focus on Business Concerns at the Expense of Workers in Negotiations With China

Zerohedge: Class Warfare Succeeding: Rich Vs Poor Divide Near Record As Consumer Comfort Plunges

Propublica: SEC Keeps Ratings Game Rigged - ProPublica: The Securities and Exchange Commission seems to think that it has done a much better job of investigating financial crisis wrongdoing than the Justice Department. And it's true. But it's like being proud that you're the "Dumb" of "Dumb and Dumber."

CharlesHughSmith: Future Economy, Future Stability, Future Careers
LifeInc: Boomers buying food for parents, cars for kids
MSNBC: A teen with a job becomes a rarity in US economy

Global Financial News
NYT: Australia Cuts Interest Rates to Two-Year Low - The Australian central bank lowered its key interest rate half a percentage point Tuesday to 3.75 percent, the lowest level in two years, surprising analysts, who had been expecting a more modest cut.

Zerohedge: Europe's Scariest Chart Just Got Scarier-er
BusinessInsider: The European Economy In April
MacroBusiness: Something just snapped in the economy

Zerohedge: And So The World Burns: Global April PMI Summary - (table) No need for much commentary here, suffice to say that those who thought Italy's massive drop in PMI from 47.9 to 43.9 in April was bad, apparently have not seen Hungary, Australia, Norway or Switzerland. The good news? Turkey is doing well to quite well... which likely explains why they are trying to confiscate the people's gold.

Guardian: Presidential sweet: nice guy Hollande outshines Sarkozy in French TV debate
Krugman: Down Argentina Way Spanish youth urged to seek work abroad

CreditWritedowns: Why The Yen Rally May Not Last

Zerohedge: Swiss Gold Stored At “Decentralised Locations” – SNB Does Not Disclose Where
ETFDailyNews: A Weak Economy Remains Gold’s Best Friend 
Mineweb: Gold's quietest 40 days since the crisis began
ETFDailyNews: Silver Is The Emergent Leader In Q1; Increased Demand To ‘Rocket Silver Prices’

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The following is a MUST see article with photos!
TheSunBreak: “A Staggering Mess” as Tsunami Debris Hits Alaska Coast Early
 "About 50 continuous miles of Montague Island coast look like this." April 28, 2012 (Photo: Gulf of Alaska Keeper/Chris Pallister)
In my opinion, this is the single greatest environmental pollution event that has ever hit the west coast of North America. The slow-motion aspects of it have fooled an unwitting public. It far exceeds the Santa Barbara or Exxon Valdez oil spills in gross tonnage and also geographic scope. (I was in Prince William Sound during the during the Exxon Valdez oil spill and so have a sense of comparison).
Tens of thousands of miles of coastline from California to the Aleutian Islands are going to be hit with billions of pounds of toxic debris. NOAA’s latest estimate is that 1.5 million tons of largely plastic debris will hit the western United States coast. That is 30 billion pounds. We expect Alaska to get the largest percentage of that with much of it lodging on northern Gulf of Alaska beaches. Most of this will be plastic which is full of inherent toxic chemicals that will leach into the environment for generations.
Possibly worse are the millions of containers full of anything from household chemicals to toxic industrial chemicals that are floating our way. They will eventually burst upon our shores…in sensitive inter-tidal spawning and rearing habitat, endangering shorebirds, marine mammals, fish and everything in between. We are already finding empty and partially full containers of tsunami related chemicals and fuel drums along the northern Gulf of Alaska shoreline. The heavier fuller containers will come later because the wind doesn’t push them as fast toward the Gulf of Alaska as they are more current driven. The light-weight, high-windage debris such as Styrofoam, buoys, bottles, empty containers and drums have already arrived in staggering quantities.
(Looks like this sort of sneaked up on us doesn't it.)

ExtinctionProtocol: Growing fears that North Korea’s infamous volcano will soon erupt
 May 3, 2012 – North Korea - There is growing concern about a possible eruption of Mt. Baekdu. The two Koreas remain at odds in everything. But they are one in voicing how to counter the possible volcanic explosion of the highest mountain in the Korean Peninsula.

Space Weather News for May 3, 2012 - Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower.  The shower peaks this weekend on May 5th and 6th.  Glare from a perigee full Moon--a "Super Moon"--will interfere with the display.  Nevertheless, observers especially in the southern hemisphere could still see dozens of meteors during the hours before local sunrise on May 6th.  More information about the shower and live audio from a meteor radar may be found on Space Weather. com.

Bloomberg: U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook for May 3 to July 31 (Text) - Latest Seasonal Assessment - The Drought Outlook for May 3 - July 31, 2012 is based on short-, medium-, and long-range forecasts, initial conditions, and climatology. Since the release of the previous Drought Outlook issued on April 19, 2012, a slight expansion of drought occurred in the Tennessee Valley and lower Ohio Valley while drought conditions intensified across the interior Southeast. In contrast, drought improvement is noted across southern New England and southeast Florida.
TheComplex: The 50 Best Bike Trails in America

ThinkProgress: May 3 News: Chemicals From Marcellus Shale Fracking Could Reach Surface In 'Just A Few Years,' Study Finds

CBD: Bat-killing Epidemic Spreads to Civil War Park at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Tenn.— A disease that has killed nearly 7 million bats across the eastern United States has struck a colony of bats at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which sprawls from Tennessee into Georgia. The discovery of the disease at the site of one of the nation’s most famous Civil War battles marks the second time in a week the epidemic known as white-nose syndrome has been detected in a popular national park. Last week, the disease was found in the Washington, D.C.-area C&O Canal National Historic Park, home to Maryland’s largest group of hibernating bats.
NYT: How Chemicals Affect Us - Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects. 
SkepticalScience: Lessons from Past Predictions: Hansen 1981

Bloomberg: Drillers May Frack First, Disclose Later Under Draft Plan - Natural-gas companies drilling on U.S. land would be permitted to wait until after hydraulic fracturing is completed to disclose what chemicals they used, under a draft rule being considered by the Interior Department.

DesdemonaDespair: Former BP engineer is indicted in Gulf oil spill case
ExtinctionProtocol: 50,000 fish found dead in pond in Shenzhen, China – cause of mysterious fish kill unknown - May 3, 2012 – CHINA - Over 50 thousand fish in a pond near an industrial area in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen died overnight on Monday, CRI Online reports. The dead fish are mostly concentrated in the northern corner of the pond, and half of the body of water is now covered with rotting fish.

America in Decline
DownwardSpiral: The War on Drugs Sinks To A New Low

MyBudget360: Middle class dysphoria – What does the new American Dream look like? Inflated college tuition, lower home ownership rates, and compressed wages.

SkyNews: Student Forgotten In Cell Drinks Own Urine  - ‎32 minutes ago‎ A California university student mistakenly left handcuffed in a cell without food or water for five days has described how he survived by drinking his own urine. 

RawStory: Pennsylvania governor: Forced ultrasounds are ‘the way to go’
Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is asserting that forced ultrasounds are “the way to go” if they stop women from having abortions.

Corbett had been criticized for supporting one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the country because he said that women could just “close your eyes” during the mandatory ultrasound.
CivilEats: The Corporate Hijacking of America’s Land-Grant Universities
ETFDailyNews: Jim Rogers’ Warning: Riots Coming To America 

PatriciaShannon: Study: Life expectancies in much of U.S. compare with those in poorest nations - While life expectancies in some parts of the U.S. match those of the healthiest nations on earth, in vast swaths of this country preschoolers can expect to live no longer than their peers in some of the poorest and most strife-ridden parts of the world.

Food and Water
CBSNews: USDA: Mad cow offspring tests negative for BSE
WSJ: World Food Prices Moved Lower in April - World food prices fell in April following three consecutive months of gains, pressured by declines in sugar, dairy and cereal prices that offset increases in oils and meat, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday, but it warned that soybeans and corn could still drive prices higher later this year.

Internet and Online Privacy News
BusinessInsider: How To Control Facebook's Confusing, 'Labyrinthian' Privacy Settings (FB)

Science and Technology
NYT: Lights Out for Research Satellites? - Earth-observing systems operated by the United States have entered a steep decline, imperiling the nation’s monitoring of weather, natural disasters and climate change, a report from the National Research Council warned on Wednesday. Long-running and new missions are frequently delayed, lost or cancelled because of budget cuts, launch failures, disorganization and changes in mission design and scope, the report said.

RedditScience: Astronomers see ANOTHER star ripped apart by a black hole!
IBTimes: Computer Security: IBM Finds Too Many Companies Not Prepared
ArsTechnica: Mars Opportunity rover reaches Endeavour crater, finds signs of ancient Martian water

TechReview: Horse Racing Gets Futuristic - With giant multi-touch gaming tables at a Hong Kong racecourse. Think of it as “Luck” meets “Minority Report.”

NPR: Study: Less Religious Are More Motivated By Compassion Than Highly Religious - Are religious people more moved by compassion than those who described themselves as less religious or non-religious? A group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley set out to answer that question and what they found would surprise some: In three experiments, the social scientists found that the less religious were more generous when presented with situations that stimulated their compassion, which the scientists defined as "an emotion felt when people see the suffering of others which then motivates them to help, often at a personal risk or cost."

Medical and Health
ScienceDaily: Large-Scale Analysis Finds Majority of Clinical Trials Don’t Provide Meaningful Evidence - The largest comprehensive analysis of finds that clinical trials are falling short of producing high-quality evidence needed to guide medical decision-making.

BigThink: Can Nanotech Noses Sniff Out Cancer?
BodyOdd: Slacker or go-getter? Brain chemical may tell
Vitals: Lab worker dies from rare infection, officials say

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
WaldenEffect: Porch building tips
PreppingToSurvive: Finding Dry Firewood When It’s Wet
CityFarmer: “Urban Farms” provides in-depth profiles of 16 innovative US farms

ModernSurvivalBlog: We Are Going To Be Nuked
BackdoorSurvival: What are Antioxidants and Why Should the Prepper Care?
ExtinctionProtocol: New poll finds one in seven people thinks the end of the world is coming

Other News
CNN: Florida charges 13 in death of FAMU drum major
CBSNews: Harvard instructor caught with pot in Bermuda 
BBC: Munch's The Scream sold for $120m

CBSNews: Seau death: Latest in string of similar deaths of ex-NFL players?
TheAtlantic: Here Lies Stonewall Jackson's Amputated Left Arm
LAT: Gangsta rap foretold L.A. riots and grew after them
KVUE: Neo-Nazi among 5 dead in Phoenix-area shooting

Reuters: Militia leader among dead in Arizona murder suicide - Police confirmed on Thursday that a prominent border militia leader and reputed neo-Nazi was among the five shot dead in an apparent murder suicide at a home in a Phoenix suburb.

MSNBC: Prom-flation: Average spending tops $1,000
FoxNews: 2-year-old becomes the youngest US Mensa member
WSJ: Our Next Art Capital: Portland?

RawStory: Indonesian atheist jailed after posting ‘God doesn’t exist’ on Facebook page Son, 14, arrested in Calif. shooting of ICE agent
RawStory: German court orders artist not to kill puppies onstage

MSNBC: 6-month-old baby found dead in refrigerator
IBTimes: Thousands of Classified Records Said To Be Missing From National Archives

McClatchy: Months after defeat was obvious, Gingrich ends his campaign
ABCNews: Bachmann to endorse Romney, plus more to watch for Thursday in politics
WashingtonPost: Ron Paul’s stealth state convention takeover  - Remember Ron Paul?
CBS: What's Ron Paul up to?
CBSNews: House GOP to distribute draft contempt citation against AG Holder
(CBS News) Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were to take the first formal step Thursday toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" operation, CBS News has learned.
ABCNews: Romney ties Obama in Ohio and Florida, trails in Pennsylvania

TinfoilPalace: Coming Cataclysms (Radio Program Summary)

TinfoilPalace: Archos: Empire of the Demon

TheOilAge: Heinberg: new Power Point at 11 FAQs
TheOilAge: Notes on social crisis in US (new)
HubbertsArms: Norway whalers take first whales of hunting season
HubbertsArms: Europe's Modern-Day Ghost Towns
SilentCountry: Massive Tree die off

SilentCountry: Being careful when safe gaurding your property

DestinyCalls: Secrets in Plain Sight - architecture, urban design, geometry - long video
DestinyCalls: The Nag Hammadi Library

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