Friday, August 13, 2010


News Links, August 14, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Russia Feels Economic Fallout of Fires
Kan Push to Pare World's Biggest Debt May Falter as Japan Slows
*The situation is hopeless; default is just a matter of time.
The Hindenburg Omen Has Arrived
Is a Crash Coming? 10 Reasons to Be Cautious (WSJ)
Things In Spain So Good, Banks Borrow A Mere Record €140 Billion From ECB In July

-- Fault lines/flashpoints --
Flow Of Oil From Iraq To Iran Raises Concerns
"Other drivers say they're carrying refined products such as gas and fuel oil."
U.S. Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia Said to Reach $60 Billion
Expulsions of Illegal Roma Win Approval From Public in Sarkozy's France
Iran to gain nuclear power as Russia loads fuel into Bushehr reactor
3 Reasons Israel will attack Iran
3 Reasons Israel won't bomb Iran
Israeli generals, intel officials oppose attack on Iran
Is Iran Supplying the Taliban With Missile Tech?
Pakistan floods fail to spark strong global aid
Slated U.S. Carrier Visit to Yellow Sea Irks China
China Has Foreign-Worker Problem, Too

-- Intelligence/security --
Experts call for David Kelly inquest
Narco-blogger beats Mexico drug war news blackout
Russia's New Police State (Newsweek)
The decaying anonymity of the Internet

-- Energy/resources --
Analysis: Indonesia Forest Moratorium To Stymie Palm Oil Firms
Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented
The Electricity Grid Wants Heat Relief, Too

-- Environment/health --
South Asian 'superbug' spreads to Australia
Global climate change trend continues with second hottest July on record
Vaccine sales up 16% in 2009, still growing
'Cheap' solar geoengineering plans may have unintended consequences
Female Infants Growing Breasts: Another Disaster From Hormones in Milk Production

-- Got food? --
Bracing for the next grain drain (Fortune)
"The world is getting the message that the pot isn't big enough."

-- Oil disaster --
U.S.: Final kill needed as BP well not secure
Fishing port reacts with suspicion to claims that engineers could have sealed off the gusher for good
NOAA, FDA to test seafood for dispersants
Alabama to sue BP for 'catastrophic' oil spill

-- UK --
Airport staff's decision to strike threatens to cause holiday chaos
Liam Fox unveils plans for 'leaner' Ministry of Defence
Student debt 'to reach £25,000' for 2010 intake

-- US --
Wall Street Whispers: Cheap Money Ain't Working (Newsweek)
America's biggest jobs program: The US military
Pakistan floods, Haiti earthquake: unprecedented 1-2 punch for US aid
Fed dissenter speaks up in Nebraska
US 'Virtually Certain' to Fall Into A New Recession: Rosenberg
Pat Tillman's Father To Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours'
US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater
Capital Controls: The Final Phase in the Great Looting of America
Bedbug outbreak at Time Warner NYC headquarters
The Labor Market's Teenage Wasteland: Chris Farrell

And finally... Fat guys safer in car crashes

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