Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Breaking News Wed. Aug. 22, 2012

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Peak Oil and Energy News
JohnQuiggin: How to solve the solar storage problem

Global Conflict
WashingtonPost: Obama's 'red line' warning to Syria on chemical arms draws criticism
JPost: 'Russia convinced Syria will not use chemical weapons' 
CTVNews: Syrian official warns US against intervention

Reuters: Syrian army batters parts of Damascus, 40 killed
Guardian: Syria crisis: 'shelling in Damascus' - live updates
Reuters: No feeling of liberation in rebel-held Syrian town 

MSNBC: US deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 in 'forgotten' war
ABCNews: HK Welcomes Home Sailors Arrested in Island Row
NYT: UN Leader Will Attend Iran Summit Over American and Israeli Objections

Hacker News/Wikileaks
Telegraph: Ecuador says Julian Assange can stay at embassy indefinitely

Domestic Financial News
MarketDailyNews: It’s “Worth Nuclear War” To Save The U.S. Dollar
Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: “Both parties are driven by the neoconservatives (“neocons”) who believe that American hegemony over the world is worth nuclear war to accomplish,” states former Asst. Secretary of Treasury and Reagonics architect Paul Craig Roberts in his latest blog post of Aug. 20.

In his post, titled, Amerika’s Future is Death, the 73-year-old former Washington elite-turned-willful-outcast warns readers of fantastic tales circulating American culture, which are meant to serve as an explanation for the economic and social chaos swirling violently within the U.S., including talk of secret Bilderberg meetings, covert plans for a New World Order, and accusations of a crazy cabal of neocons hellbent on sparking a full-blown WWIII.

The tale continues with an endgame scenario to secure complete U.S. hegemony with an attack upon Iran, completing a decades-long neocon plan to manhandle the freedom genie back into the bottle.
BeforeItsNews: Your Banks Owns Your Checking Account And Will Seize It Anytime

Global Financial News
NYT: Euro Watch: Greece and Germany Strike Conciliatory Note
MacroBusiness: Zombie China - It is now quite well-known now that non-performing loans in China are surging, and loans at risk of turning non-performing are also on the rise.Telegraph: China bubble in ‘danger zone’ warns Bank of Japan 

ResilientCommunities: Here’s What You Need to Know About the Collapse of Greece

CommodityOnline: 'Gold is exploding Silver catching up'
ETFDailyNews: Michael Fowler: $2,000 Gold Price Will Soon Kickstart Mining Shares (GDX, BRD, AZK, WDO, CFO)
Mineweb: US investment demand gold's current key swing factor - WGC

M 3.0, 9km SSW of Alberto Oviedo Mota, Mexico
M 2.7, 35km WSW of Cohoe, Alaska
NYT: Court Blocks EPA Rule on Cross-State Pollution
WashingtonPost: Tropical Storm Isaac getting better organized in the Atlantic as it approaches the Caribbean
MSNBC: Migration in the Americas: On the run from water in Panama

Reuters: Warmer temperatures eyed in devastation of Massachusetts butterflies

Food and Water
USFoodPolicy: Incorrect reports say that California's Prop 37 has zero tolerance for accidental GMO content - California voters are considering a ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling for foods that contain Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) ingredients. A recent Oakland Tribune editorial against the initiative gets key facts wrong. The editorial, which was widely published in other newspapers, claims that the proposal has a zero-tolerance for accidental GMO content in foods that aren't labeled as containing GMOs. Such a policy would force producers of essentially non-GMO products to use the label "may contain GMOs," simply out of fear of litigation. But the editorial is mistaken.
ScienceDaily: Good news for banana lovers: Help may be on the way to slow that rapid over-ripening

TheScientist: Nanoparticles Harm Crops
Grist: Don’t toss your cookies: Curbing the crisis of food waste 
Rodale: You're Throwing Away $2,275 Every Year on This

Privacy News
BlacklistedNews: Hackers backdoor the human brain, successfully extract sensitive data
With a chilling hint of the not-so-distant future, researchers at the Usenix Security conference have demonstrated a zero-day vulnerability in your brain. Using a commercial off-the-shelf brain-computer interface, the researchers have shown that it’s possible to hack your brain, forcing you to reveal information that you’d rather keep secret.

Science and Technology
ReadWriteWeb: Facebook Has Been Hacked. What Will You Do?
ScienceDaily: Male mice exposed to chronic social stress have anxious female offspring

Medical and Health
Sanctuary chimps show high rates of drug-resistant staph = Chimpanzees from African sanctuaries carry drug-resistant, human-associated strains of the bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus, a pathogen the infected chimpanzees could spread to endangered wild ape populations if they were reintroduced to their natural habitat. The study was the first to apply the same modern sequencing technology of bacterial genomes used in hospitals to track the transmission of staph from humans to African wildlife.
CNN: West Nile outbreak largest ever in US

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvivalOnline: re-post: My Favorite Disaster & Apocalyptic Movies Part 1 and 2PeakProsperity: 9 New Ways To Use Zucchini

Other News
WSJ: Ethiopia in Flux After Leader Dies
CBSNews: Rare MLK recording found in attic
WashingtonPost: Twitter reveals moments before deaths of two girls in train derailment accident

NYT: Tennis Referee, in New York for US Open, Arrested in Murder Case
CBS: Holmes saw 3 mental health docs before shooting
Time: Todd Akin Fallout: Rape, Abortion and the Dark History of Qualifying Violence against women

WashingtonPost: Caller to NYC newspaper: Bacon in park before Ramadan was for animals, not meant to offend-NEW YORK — A New York City newspaper says it received an anonymous call from a person claiming to have discarded spoiled bacon in a park where Muslims had scheduled Ramadan prayers.
The caller said he was putting it out for seagulls and raccoons to eat, not as an anti-Muslim statement.
NBCNews: Police: NJ mom decapitated son, put head in freezer before killing herself
RadioFreeEurope: Amnesty Urges Islamabad To Protect Girl Charged With Blasphemy

Politics Republican Party approves strict anti-abortion platform
LAT: Todd Akin skips withdrawal deadline, stays in Senate race

Hosted: Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Republican convention
Bloomberg: Isaac Better Organized, Set to Be Hurricane Tomorrow, NHC Says 

WashingtonPost: Akin comments expose GOP rift over abortion
ABCNews: Secret Service Arrests Armed Man for Alleged Obama Threat
TheCaucus: Paul and Republican Party Officials Reach Deal on Delegates

NYT: Patients Would Pay More if Romney Restores Medicare Savings, Analysts Say - Mitt Romney’s promise to restore $716 billion that he says President Obama “robbed” from Medicare has some health care experts puzzled, and not just because his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan, included the same savings in his House budgets.

Newsday: Poll shows Paul Ryan does not alter White House race
Reuters: Alaska sues to avoid federal oversight of elections

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