Saturday, July 31, 2010


News Links, August 1, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Scotland 'needs financial powers' to grow economy
"Cuts in the Scottish public sector could see up to 60,000 job losses."
Further Evidence Of Quote Stuffing Manipulation By HFT (US)

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
Pakistan security officers cancel UK visit
Arrests follow Moscow 'March of Dissent'
Mexico's Drug War More Sophisticated, Deadlier
Uribe denies war plan on Venezuela
China's Influence Grows With Its Economy
Saakashvili Talks on 'Total Defense' to Army Top Brass
Russian jet confrontation a 'close one,' Defence official says (Canada)
Church plans Quran-burning event (US)

-- Energy/resources --
Two weekly offs, closure of markets to stay till Oct 31 (Pakistan)
Cuba readies to dive into offshore oil exploration
Solar panels: Not so bright an idea

-- Got food? --
Price spike likely for British groceries

-- Intelligence/security --
WikiLeaks founder vows more leaks
"New whistleblowers said to provide 'significant' documents on BP spill, military abuses"
Cybercrime: Are mobsters planting hackers in big companies?
The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets
Report: Web sites crank up tracking tools
Biometric and Other Locks Fail to Foil Hackers at DefCon
Hacker builds $1,500 cell-phone tapping device

-- Japan --
Japan's population falls for 1st time in 3 yrs

-- Oil accidents --
When will oil spill be cleaned up? Maybe never
Oil-soaked waste worries Gulf Coast landfills' neighbors
Debris Sets Back Work On Stopping The Gusher
By Hiring Gulf Scientists, BP May Be Buying Silence
"They wanted the oversight authority to keep us from publishing things if, for whatever reason, they didn't want them to be published. People were muzzled as part of the contract."
Wetlands Front Group Funded by Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Foot the Bill for BP's Gulf Destruction
BP Puts Vietnam, Pakistan Assets Up for Sale to Raise Cash for Oil Spill
China oil spill could be 'enormous'
Pipeline in Michigan oil spill had been cited for corrosion
Mich. Oil Leak Halted; Cleanup To Take Months

-- US --
States go deeper into debt
Foreclosures Continue To Increase Dramatically In 2010
Schools report surge in homeless students
U.S. regulators take over 5 failed banks; year's total 108
Economy in U.S. Will Probably Keep Cooling as Lack of Jobs Limits Spending
14.7 Million (19%) Of US Mortgages Have $770 Billion In Underwater Equity, $2.4 Trillion In Total Debt Impaired
El Paso's 678-Mile Pipeline Would Create `Path of Destruction,' Suit Says
House approves bill with new safeguards for oil rigs
Obama Seeks Massive Expansion of Arms Exports

And finally... Japanese macaques go bananas at the sight of a flying squirrel

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