Monday, July 23, 2012

Breaking News Monday July 23, 2012

This unusual documentary was originally posted at Silent Country by Redreamer and sent along to me by Bones. Thanks to both of you!
What a strange documentary it is too.

Here is the formal statement I gave to Federal Police on 16 June 2012:

On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They presented me with a DVD that recently came into their possession and asked me to translate it. They also asked me to post the completed film on the Internet so that it could reach a worldwide audience. I believed what I was told and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine).

Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film's extraordinary content. I have now made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe that these people, who presented themselves as 'defectors' specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter.

Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because - regardless of who made it - I believe people should see it because of the issues it raises and I stand by my right to post it for people to share and discuss freely with each other.


this next story is absolutely gut wrenching, sent in by the Ozarker this morning. Heartbreaking and tragic.
MSNBC: Cop shoots and kills son after reportedly mistaking him for an intruder
and here's one just sent in by   Thank you!
DenverPost: Real life shooting imitates training exercise at Parker medical school

Be sure to stop by and say hello to RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer , and to Doug at 3Es News and David at ETF Daily, and tell them thank you.

Peak Oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk - Saudi Arabia Then and Now
here's nice post from our friend E at La Curee'
LaCuree': All is young, no more than this tide.
DailyFreeman: Gas prices rise sharply
- KINGSTON, N.Y. — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have risen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.74. per gallon Sunday.
FP: Will tight oil change the world?
ETFDailyNews: 4 Little Known Factors Driving The Price of Crude Oil

Global Conflict
JPost: Yechimovich: Self-immolation cannot become a legitimate act

Spiegel: Searching for the Truth Behind the Houla Massacre - Initially, the United Nations was convinced that the Syrian government was behind the brutal Houla massacre. But then, some began to have doubts. SPIEGEL traveled to the town to interview survivors and witnesses -- and was able to reconstruct the horrifying slaughter.

Hosted: Navy: Sub worker set fire so he could leave early

WashingtonPost: Israeli PM says country on alert for more overseas attacks, mum on possible Olympics plots - JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says his country is on alert for plots to kill more Israelis overseas.
Last week’s deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria came just before this week’s opening of the London Olympics. It has fueled speculation that Israeli athletes might be targeted next.
Haaretz: Israel rejects Sunday Times report it has anti-terror hit team at London Games 

Guardian: Assad offered 'safe exit' by Arab League - Secretary general also promises $100m to help Syrian refugees as fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo
CBSNews: Ranks of unidentified dead swell in Mexico - Nearly 16,000 bodies remain unidentified, while 24,000 people remain officially missing amid ongoing drug violence, government agency finds

Reuters: US drone kills 12 suspected militants in Pakistan

LAT: Anaheim police fire non-lethal rounds at angry crowd
LAT: Protesters storm Anaheim police station in wake of fatal shooting

NOC: Mythical Lizard Haunts Australian Uranium Extractors
Peter Rugh, Op-Ed: “Lizard’s Revenge is experimenting with resistance tactics that can be applied to block all manner of eco-cidal projects that the 1 percent has in store for us. With the Keystone XL pipeline set to rip through Texas, frackers sharpening their drills for New York and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission blindly greenlighting reactor relicenses, perhaps it’s time we here in the United States play a little baseball.” 
SeattleTimes: Thousands march in Mexico against election results  - Thousands marched through Mexico City's center on Sunday to protest what they called the "imposition" of the candidate of the old ruling party as the country's new president.
Guardian: Libor arrests in US could be imminent, say sources

NYT: Pension Plans Increasingly Underfunded at Largest Companies…AFTER years of poor investment returns, the pension funds of the United States’ largest companies are further behind than they have ever been. The companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 collectively reported that at the end of their most recent fiscal years, their pension plans had obligations of $1.68 trillion and assets of just $1.32 trillion.

Zerohedge: This Is The Government: Your Legal Right To Redeem Your Money Market Account Has Been Denied - The Sequel
HuffingtonPost: Jobless Recovery: 43 States Have Fewer Jobs Now Than They Did Before Recession

Reuters: House votes to appropriate $606 billion for defense
FDL: Democrats Drop Estate Tax Changes on Tax Bill - In a move that really tells you who runs Washington, Senate Democrats backed down on a portion of their tax package, one that they already know won’t pass into law after it comes up for a vote next week.

NYT: Financial Scandal Scorecard - Is it my imagination, or does every week bring news of another financial scandal? No, it’s not my imagination.
McClatchy: Young adults, Depression-era seniors reflect on economic blows

FiscalTimes: U.S. Cities Get Fleeced in Libor Scandal
Guardian: Wealth doesn't trickle down – it just floods offshore, research reveals 

A far-reaching new study suggests a staggering $21tn in assets has been lost to global tax havens. If taxed, that could have been enough to put parts of Africa back on its feet – and even solve the euro crisis
TruthOut: Top Ten Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now  
CapitalSpectator: Chicago Fed National Activity Index: No Recession For U.S. As Of June 

Global Financial News
TAE: Spiegel bombshell: The IMF plans to dump Greece
Telegraph: Tony Blair: Labour government was partly responsible for financial crisis

Guardian: Global elite hoard £13tn from taxman 
BBC: Tax havens: Super-rich 'hiding' at least $21tn 
Reuters: ECB's Coeure says negative bank deposit rate an option
Spiegel: Euro Exit Looming? Berlin, IMF To Refuse Fresh Aid for Greece - Greece has fallen behind with its budget cuts and is asking lenders for more time to meet the conditions of the 130 billion euro aid package. But that would require fresh help of up to 50 billion euros, SPIEGEL has learned. Neither Berlin nor the IMF are prepared to make that money available. 

Guardian: Tony Blair admits Labour didn't fully understand complex financial sector - Former prime minister accepts his government did not foresee extent to which banks had imperilled British and world economy 

Businessweek: Spain Bonds Slide as Valencia Aid Request Deepens Crisis - Spain’s bonds fell, sending five- and 30-year yields to euro-era records, as the region of Valencia prepared to seek a rescue, deepening concern policy makers are failing to find solutions to the debt crisis.
SoberLook: Rising oil prices combined with weak euro will add to Eurozone's woes

Telegraph: Is the US losing patience with the eurozone debacle? - Having shown the eurozone a lot of latitude, the rest of the world is on the brink of losing patience. With a presidential election looming, and the eurozone debacle hindering a US recovery, America is particularly miffed. 
Mish: IMF Seeks to Halt Aid to Greece, Bankruptcy Pending; Dominoes Will Fall -- According to Der Spiegel, the IMF Wants to Stop Aid to Greece as soon as the ESM is up and running in September.

Zerohedge: 'Black Friday' Blame-Game Escalates As Spain Is Out Of Money In 40 Days
Bloomberg: Spanish Yield Reaches Record on Regional Bailout Concern - Spanish bonds slumped, with 10-year yields climbing to a euro-era high, after El Pais said six regions may ask the central government for financial assistance, increasing concern the nation will need additional aid.

MarketDay: Stocks tumble as European debt fears weigh
Mish: Full Spanish Bailout Coming Up; New Record High Yields on Spanish Bonds; Misguided Faith in Can-Kicking
M 2.7, 6km NE of East Foothills, California
M 5.0, 65km S of Attu Station, Alaska

Great piece at Climate Crocks today.
ClimateCrocks: Mike Mann Calls Out Slime-Vending “conservatives” at National Review I'm reposting one video here for us.
Reuters: Heaviest rains in 60 years kill 37 in Beijing
NYT: Heavy Rainfall Leaves Dozens Dead Across Beijing
BBC: Three killed in Spain wildfires

CNNiReport: Midwest Drought Worsens, Taking its Toll on Wildlife and Agriculture

MeltFactor: Greenland ice sheet record surface melting underway - While the potential impact of wildfires on darkening the Greenland ice sheet surface remain to be shown, there is mounting evidence of an extreme melt season this year. 

BigPictureAgriculture: 2012 Drought Photos from U.S. Midwest
Grist: We’re ripping up our mountains to ship coal overseas. Maybe we shouldn’t?

NatGeo: Texas Farmers Pumping Down Groundwater in Drought - Withdraws increase from the Ogallala Aquifer.
Bloomberg: Drought Helps Fracking Foes Build Momentum for Recycling
WashingtonPost: Will the U.S. export fracking to the rest of the world?

Guardian; Arctic wilderness faces pollution threats as oil and gas giants target its riches 

SeattleTimes: Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science - In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.

TodayMSNBC: Study: Bacteria outbreak due to ocean warming - Manmade climate change is the main driver behind the unexpected emergence of a group of bacteria in northern Europe which can cause gastroenteritis, new research by a group of international experts shows.

Guardian: Japanese authorities investigate bogus readings at Fukushima plant - Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport their instrument readings so they could stay on the job longer.
ENENews: Tepco: Total cesium released into air around TRIPLE what we estimated 2 months ago

America in Decline
TomDispatch: The Great Charter, Its Fate, and Ours Noam Chomsky - This week the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit against CIA Director David Petraeus, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and two top special operations forces commanders for “violating the Constitution and international law” in the drone assassination of three American citizens in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan, and al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman (though no one claims he had anything whatsoever to do with terror campaigns). The suit is based on the Constitution’s promise of “due process” (“[N]or shall any person... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”), which to the untutored eye of this non-lawyer clearly seems to involve “law.” Attorney General Eric Holder evidently thinks otherwise and has explained his reasoning when it comes to the right of the Obama administration to order such deaths:
NBCPolitics: Foreign leaders see 'America in decline,' Australian foreign minister tells Romney

CapitalismWithoutFailure: Crony Capitalism in the USA - Click on the infographic to experience US crony capitalism in full-size glory...

BeforeItsNews: Nazi Gestapo Checkpoints Spread Across America

SacBee: Santa Monica trailer park community threatened
NOC: Corporation that Paid Nothing in Taxes for Four Years Tells Congress it Pays Too Much in Taxes

Grist: City officials are waging a war on gardens 

Read this next story and see if you don't think it's crazy
NYT: Art’s Sale Value? Zero. The Tax Bill? $29 Million.

NOC: Los Angeles School Police Chief Rethinking Discipline Policy - Susan Ferriss, News Analysis: “Last year, LAUSD officers gave out 21 court summonses to children between the ages of 7 and 10. All these students were black or Latino. More than 170 citations were also issued to 11-year-olds. Nearly 770 were issued to 12-year-olds. And more than 1,550 were issued to 13-year-olds. Citations were concentrated in more than a dozen middle schools where the number of tickets issued ranged from 60 to more than 100 in a school year.” 
ExtinctionProtocol: U.S. poverty levels on track to rise to highest since 1960s

Guardian: US air force instructor sentenced to 20 years on sexual assault conviction - Staff Sgt Luis Walker was found guilty of 28 counts of sexual assault charges, including rape, of female air force recruits

Food and Water
Bloomberg: Foie Gras Goes Underground At California ‘Duckeasies’ 
Grist: Aquifer discovered in arid Namibia could yield 400 years of water — or 15 

Macleans: Artisan chocolate and social revolution - (if you love chocolate, and who doesn't, you are going to love this article and short video! Thanks RJ!)
Grist: Small-scale grains: Another piece of the locavore puzzle

Privacy News
Wired: Darpa Funds Hack Machine You'd Never Notice - If you saw this bad boy under your desk, would you say anything? anything? It may look like a surge protector, but it's really a remote access machine that corporations can use to test security and log into branch offices. Called the Power Pwn, it's a stealthier version of the little box that can hack your network ...
Forbes: It's Terrifying and Sickening that Microsoft Can Now Listen In on All My Skype Calls

TheNation: 'We Can’t Afford It': The Big Lie About Medicaid Expansion - In his letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejecting the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas Governor Rick Perry tells a whopper. Expanding Medicaid, he writes, would “threaten even Texas with financial ruin.” 

LAT: For Palm Springs man, grief and anger over an end-of-life decision
Bill Bentinck, 87, felt he had made a difficult but compassionate choice in honoring his terminally ill wife's last wish to disconnect her oxygen supply. Police saw it differently, and so his ordeal began.
(they really are good articles too, well worth reading.)

Other News Kentucky teen faces charge for naming attackers
A 17-year-old Kentucky girl faces contempt charges for tweeting the two teens who sexually assaulted her.
Savannah Dietrich of Louisville told The Courier-Journal ( she is frustrated by what she feels is a lenient plea bargain.
The boys’ attorneys have asked a judge to hold Dietrich in contempt for violating the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing.
Contempt carries a possible sentence of 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

WashingtonPost: Statue of Hall of Fame Penn State coach Joe Paterno has been taken down
MSNBC: CFT: 'Unprecedented' penalties coming for Penn St. 
SeattleTimes: Sadness, worry come with removal of Paterno statue
SMH: 'Natural disaster' of guns 
Guardian: Hollywood studios withhold box-office results after Colorado theater shooting

ABCNews: Inmate Claims He Had to Escape to Get Medical Care

CBSNews: Watch: James Holmes appears "dazed" in court
Alternet: Did the Youth Unemployment Crisis Play a Role in the Colorado Shooting? 
SeattleTimes: Colo. massacre suspect mum as he heads to court 

FDL: Criminalizing Condoms: Sex Workers Get Policed but Remain Unprotected
Women violence convictions rise - Prosecutions and convictions for crimes of violence against women and girls have risen by 15,000 over four years.
The figures come from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which covers England and Wales. 

BigThink: Why Are the London Olympics so Afraid of Graffiti Artists?
CBSNews: 13 killed in single truck crash in Texas

Chron: 21 burned in walk over hot coals at Robbins event

Salon: Mitt Romney: Lazy liar 
Rawstory: Report cited by Bachmann claims Norquist linked to Muslim Brotherhood 
USAToday: Obama's approval ratings up in recent months

CNN: Former President George W. Bush to skip Republican Convention
ABCNews: Police Getting Ready for RNC Convention
Guardian: The American election is really a battle for the future of capitalism

TPM: White House To GOP: Stop Whining About Our Welfare Waivers — You Asked For Them

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