Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Breaking News Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today's "Have to Read!" is from our good friend RJ.

MJPerry: California Declares War on Raw Dairy Farmers - "65-year-old senior citizen James Stewart, a California farmer with no criminal history, was nearly tortured to death in the LA County jail this past week. He survived a "week of torturous Hell" at the hands of LA County jail keepers who subjected him to starvation, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, loss of blood circulation to extremities, verbal intimidation, involuntary medical testing and even subjected him to over 30 hours of raw biological sewage filth containing dangerous pathogens." What was his alleged criminal activity? Selling fresh, unpasteurized raw milk. Bail for "The Milk Man" was set at $1 million. By comparison, bail for alleged child rapist Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State sports coach, was set at $100,000. "NaturalNews is calling upon Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in this extraordinary violation of basic human rights. For the record, James Stewart has no criminal record and is a permaculture farmer and fresh food advocate. His "crime" consists entirely of arranging for the distribution of raw milk to customers who actually line up to access this nourishing food (people love it!)." Meanwhile, Natural News is reporting separately that: "France, on the other hand, has embraced the health benefits of raw milk. The vending machine is a tastefully-designed kiosk that blends right into the urban setting, allowing it to be set up on a street corner on a French town or even a major metropolitan area."

and this from the Ozarker

OpenChannel: Classified documents contradict FBI on post-9/11 probe of Saudis, ex-senator says - Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has seen two classified FBI documents that he says are at odds with the bureau’s public statements that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis then living in Sarasota, Fla. 
“There are significant inconsistencies between the public statements of the FBI in September and what I read in the classified documents,” Graham said.

I've been outside working in the garden for several days now and just can't get over this early spring weather! Ozarker says they are going to hit 80 or better today and that is mind blowing. Just checked our forecast for NE TN and they are calling for 81 degrees here on Thursday. Damn.
I don't know whether to be thankful for the warm weather, or, worried. Worried about what this summer could end up being like.
well, time will tell I suppose. I hope everyone has a great day, see you all tomorrow.

As always I'd like to thank RJ at the Global Glass Onion and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer for all the good links!

Global Conflict
Reuters: "Grave and appalling" reports from Syria, Annan says - Dozens of civilians in Syria's flashpoint city of Homs were killed in cold blood, the government and opposition said on Monday, disputing responsibility for what both sides called a massacre during a visit from special envoy Kofi Annan.
Bloomberg: Netanyahu Says Israel May Broaden Gaza Military Operation Amid Rocket Fire
BBC: No rush for Afghan exit - Obama - Barack Obama vows that US forces will not "rush for the exits" in Afghanistan, after a soldier is detained accused of murdering 16 civilians.
NYT: U.S. Army Sergeant Suspected in Afghanistan ShootingOnce a believer in the American offensive against the Taliban, Abdul Samad, who lost 11 family members in the bloody rampage by an American.
IBTimes: Panetta Says Soldier Could Get Death Penalty For Afghan Killings
NYT: U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Up Afghan Pullout - With a belief in the White House that the mission’s costs now outweigh benefits, some suggest accelerating the drawdown,
Guardian: Syria 'laying border landmines' - live updates
MSNBC: Protests, attacks hit Afghanistan in wake of massacre
Guardian: Taliban fire at delegates visiting Afghan massacre site

Reuters: Afghan Taliban threaten to behead U.S. soldiers; government team attacked
Suspected insurgents fired on an Afghan government delegation on Tuesday investigating the massacre of 16 civilians by a U.S. soldier, officials said, hours after the Taliban threatened to behead American troops to avenge the killings.
Reuters: Fear as death squads hunt Iraq’s gays and “emos”
NYT: Britain to Join Obama in Discouraging a Strike on Iran - WASHINGTON — Britain will add its voice to President Obama’s in discouraging an Israeli military strike on Iran when Prime Minister David Cameron begins a three-day visit here this week, a senior British diplomat said Monday.

Hacker News
NYT: Former Murdoch Editor Is Said to Be Arrested
BBC: Brooks arrested in hacking probe - Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is arrested as part of the police inquiry into allegations of phone hacking. 
UPI: Six arrested in phone-hacking case

Domestic Financial News
Zerohedge: Jon Hilsenrath Is Scratching His (And The NY Fed's) Head Over The Job Number Discrepancy And Okun's Law
CNNFortune: Meredith Whitney was right - The more general point that Meredith Whitney was trying to make about public debt -- that municipal finances in this country were a mess that was only going to get messier -- was dead on. USAToday: No new action expected as Federal Reserve weighs job gains
CalculatedRisk: NFIB: Small Business Optimism increases slightly in February - From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): Historically Low Business Confidence Begins to Edge Up, Ever so Slightly
MarginalRevolution: Counting benefits does not much change the income stagnation story
CreditWritedowns: Buy or rent as rents rise and house prices fall?
Zerohedge: In Today's Market, Can You Afford to Be Misled By Fantasy Financial Reporting?
Economist'sView: The Myth of the Non-Paying 47 Percent, CBPP: The argument that we should raise taxes on the bottom half of households because too many of them don’t owe federal income tax doesn’t take the tax system as a whole into account
BusinessInsider: Meanwhile, The Fed's Still Paying Banks Not To Lend...: One of the most annoying U.S. government policies these days is the Federal Reserve's decision to pay big banks not to lend money.
CNNFortune: Big banks: Too big to behave?
CalculatedRisk: BLS: Job Openings unchanged in January - From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary The number of job openings in January was 3.5 million, unchanged from December.
BusinessInsider: 15 States that will get slammed if China slows down

Global Financial News
ETFDaily: Europe: Why Germany May Be Preparing To Ditch The Euro Currency?
BusinessInsider: The 22 Richest Bankers In The WorldForbes' 2012 list of the richest people in the world includes 1,153 individuals.ETFDaily: Iceland Considers Adopting A New Currency; Why It Should Be The Gold Standard
Spiegel: Fears of Competitive Disadvantage: Euro Zone Split over Financial Transaction Tax - European finance ministers are discussing a proposed EU financial transaction on Tuesday, but the bloc is hopelessly divided on the issue.
Zerohedge: The Greek PSI Lawsuits Begin
NakedCapitalism: Satyajit Das: “All Feasts Must Come to an End” – China’s Debt & Investment Fueled Growth (Part 1)
Yahoo: Exclusive: Bailout can make Greek debt sustainable, but risks remain: EU/IMF
Zerohedge: Adding Insult To Injury, Greek Gas Prices Are Now The Highest In Europe
Is The IMF Giving Up On Greece?: The International Monetary Fund appears to be scaling back its contributions and exposure to Greece, Bloomberg reports.
IBTimes: Italy Now Officially In Recession
Reuters: China central bank eyes freer yuan, policy flexibility
CNNMoney: A third bailout for Greece seems inevitable - The debt restructuring last week was deemed a success, but if Greece continues in its current state with no outside economic stimulus, it will burn through that 130 billion euros in no time.

Peak Oil and Energy News
TheOilDrum: Tech Talk - A Recap in Light of Iranian Sanctions and Canadian Production Estimates
OilVoice: Gazprom completing Bovanenkovo field pre-commissioning
Economix: America's Fossil-Fuels Jobs Boom - With gasoline prices spiraling higher and weighing on economic confidence, President Obama called over the weekend for further investment in a “clean-energy future.” But there is a flip side to that increasing pain at the pump: a huge jobs boom in fossil fuels industries
TaxFoundation: Monday Map: State Gasoline Tax Rates - Today's Monday Map shows the effective tax per gallon on sales of gasoline. Click on the map to enlarge it
ForeignPolicy: $200 Oil and the Moscow-Beijing Alliance
An exclusive conversation with Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer on the toll of war with Iran -- and why China and Russia just don't care anymore what the United States thinks of them.
GlobeAndMail: Oil price gap costs producers $50-million a day - It’s costing the energy patch $50-million for every day that Canadian oil sells on the cheap. That’s an $18-billion annual hit to companies, and it could endure into 2013 or longer, according to a new analysis of the damage wreaked by an ongoing supply glut.
Reuters: Exxon, Iraq agree on West Qurna oilfield payments  - Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and Baghdad have reached agreement for the U.S.-based company to be paid in oil for work on the huge West Qurna-1 oilfield, after months of negotiations over contract terms, an Iraqi oil official said.

Mineweb: Platinum tops gold ahead of key U.S. Fed meeting
ETFDailyNews: What Commodity Bubble? Precious Metals, Rare Earth & Uranium Miners Rebound
Mineweb: How can gold and silver not rise?

ExtinctionProtocol: Are honey bees headed towards extinction?
IBTimes: China readies arctic research mission 
Newsday: Critics slam Trump sons over safari photos 
A video slideshow showing Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric displaying hunting trophies and animal carcasses during a 2010 African safari, including the cut off tail of an elephant, has sparked criticism from animal rights groups.
"This type of trophy hunting and frivolous killing is offensive to many people," Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer of the Humane Society of the United States told Newsday. "These privileged young men did not hunt these animals for survival or for any sort of need."
LAT: Loss of Greenland ice could become irreversible
ClimateChangePsychology: March 2-3, 2012, tornado outbreak: 10th largest in recorded history? - (videos) The deadly early-season tornado outbreak of March 2-3 that hit Indiana, Kentucky, and surrounding states, killing 41 people, may have been the 10th largest two-day tornado outbreak since record keeping began in 1950.
ABCNews: Gorilla Reported At Large in Alabama
Authorities in Alabama are on the hunt for at least one gorilla after reports that the animal was spotted near a store in rural Newbern, Ala.
VancouverSun: Nearly 13,000 homes still without power after huge windstorm
CNN: Rains soak, flood southern Louisiana - Record floodwaters inundated parts of southern Louisiana early Tuesday after intense rains caused flash flooding and prompted hundreds of rescues.
MSNBC: Chorus frog blamed for spreading devastating disease 
 Deadly fungal infection causing decline or extinction in more than 200 amphibian species  
iReport: Ice jam on the north branch of the Lamoille river in Vermont

MSNBC: Warmth records falling across Northeast, Midwest
Expect records for high temps to be broken all week across the Northeast and Midwest, a rare event given that we're still in winter.

America in Decline
ThinkProgress: Extreme Poverty In The U.S. Has Doubled In The Last 15 Years - According to the latest Census Bureau data, nearly 50 percent of Americans are either low-income or living in poverty in the wake of the Great Recession. And a new study from the National Poverty Center shows just how deep in poverty some of those people are, finding that the number of households living on less than $2 per day (before government benefits)
UPI: PG&E records 'a mess' - Records kept by utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. regarding its natural gas transmission lines are "a mess," California regulators said.
PG&E announced it reached an agreement to pay $70 million to the city of San Bruno, Calif., in restitution for recovery efforts after a deadly Sept. 9, 2010, pipeline explosion.
BlacklistedNews: Broken Promises: Pensions All Over America Are Being Savagely Cut Or Are Vanishing Completely
Guardian: Bradley Manning's treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules - UN special rapporteur on torture's findings likely to reignite criticism of US government's treatment of WikiLeaks suspect

Food and Water
WashingtonPost: Report: Nitrate contamination in Salinas, Central valleys' drinking water ...
TheNewYorker: Eat A Free Peach: Mapping “Public Fruit” 
LAT: All red meat is bad for you, new study says
A long-term study finds that eating any amount and any type increases the risk of premature death.
DesdemonaDespair: Water shortage a global threat without urgent reform: OECD
BigPictureAgriculture: Agriculture News March 2012 - Denver Post: Near-booming economy for Northeastern Colorado as crop prices rise.

Internet and Online Privacy News  
CNet: MegaUpload's users may include U.S. government officials
DeclineOfTheEmpire: Technological "Progess" Marches On — Brain-Damaged Teenagers 
Bloomberg: Palantir, the War on Terror's Secret Weapon
Depending where you fall on the spectrum between civil liberties absolutism and homeland security lockdown, Palantir’s technology is either creepy or heroic. Judging by the company’s growth, opinion in Washington and elsewhere has veered toward the latter. Palantir has built a customer list that includes the U.S. Defense Dept., CIA, FBI, Army, Marines, Air Force, the police departments of New York and Los Angeles, and a growing number of financial institutions trying to detect bank fraud. These deals have turned the company into one of the quietest success stories in Silicon Valley—it’s on track to hit $250 million in sales this year—and a candidate for an initial public offering. Palantir has been used to find suspects in a case involving the murder of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, and to uncover bombing networks in Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. “It’s like plugging into the Matrix,” says a Special Forces member stationed in Afghanistan who requested anonymity out of security concerns. “The first time I saw it, I was like, ‘Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap.’ ”
MSNBC: Up against the Wall! Should district be allowed to demand middle-schooler's Facebook password?

Science and Technology
BBC: Gravity data traces Moho boundary
CNNMoney: Turning the homeless into 4G hotspots
It sounds like a headline from The Onion, but it's true: A project called "Homeless Hotspots" is turning homeless Austin residents into mobile wireless hotspots outside the South by Southwest convention center.
It's part marketing stunt, part genuine charitable initiative -- and it's generating lots of double-takes and chatter from those who pass by.
"I'm Melvin, a 4G hotspot," reads the T-shirt of participant Melvin Hughes. "SMS HH Melvin to 25827 for access."
ScientificAmerican: Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel

Medical and Health
ArsTechinca: See no evil: two registrars issue half of world's 'rogue' drug domains - Half of all online pharmacy domains are registered by just two of the world's registrars.
IBTimes: World's Tallest Man Stops Growing [ PHOTOS]

LAT: New rules aim to ease state-run health insurance exchanges - The exchanges are a key feature of President Obama's healthcare law, but questions — and criticism — have grown as the deadline approaches for setting them up. IBTimes: 'Super' aspirin could combat cancers

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvival: Flour Storage Best With Mylar Bags
CNNMoney: My doomsday tab: $130K on bunkers, guns and more
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The cost of preparing for doomsday isn't cheap.
First you have to stock up on the appropriate gear, ammunition, food and shelter to survive a nuclear meltdown, asteroid, earthquake, solar flare or some other catastrophe. Then there's acquiring the materials you'll need to rebuild a community after the dust settles.
The bottom line: Some self-described "preppers" are plunking down hundreds of thousands of dollars.
WaldenEffect: Permanent pasture fences
PreppingToSurvive: Video Review: Contagion - In June of 1918, the Spanish Flu began to spread throughout the world.

Other News
WashingtonPost: Police: Child's fingers found in trash bin at Honolulu housing complex ...
ACloserLook: Ohio Bill Would Require Men Submit Affidavit From Sex Partner Confirming Impotence Before Receiving Viagra
Catholic Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims' Group - Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.
MSNBC: Police rescue 24,000 women, children from Chinese human trafficking gangs
TruthOut: Blow the Whistle on the Air Force Academy and Your Dog May Get Poisoned
Matthew Harwood, Truthout: "... Mullin doesn't believe Caleb's poisoning was the random act of some dog hater; he believes it was a deliberate act of retaliation for blowing the whistle one too many times at his place of employment: the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).... In early February 2011, Mullin leveled serious allegations against two powerful administrators at the Academy, Dean of Faculty Brig. Gen. Dana Born and Vice Dean Col. Robert Fullerton."

IBTimes: Santorum Bashes 'Pseudo-Religion' Of Global Warming Embraced By Rivals
CBS: Poll: Obama approval hits new low  
WashingtonPost: 2012 GOP primary shaping up to be cheapest race in years
RawStory: Democrats Leading GOP by 25 points among women
Chron: Feds reject Texas voter ID

TinfoilPalace: NINETY-EIGHT Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh...and ALL "Offensive" Radio Shows

TinfoilPalace: Expanding Hollow Earth TheoryTheOilAge: drunken US soldiers go on killing spree in Afghanistan 
TheOilAge: Grocery price monitor
HubbertsArms: Minnesota Republican Lawmaker Says Food Stamps Are Like "Feeding Wild Animals" 
HubbertsArms: Legislation in CA to initial Stoner checkpoints 
SilentCountry: Peak Food.
SilentCountry: First Wyoming, Now Missouri

1 comment:

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