Saturday, September 11, 2010


News Links, September 12, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Nine Bullish Arguments For Gold
Greek Default Near? Finance Minister Tries Some Spin
Euro Drops Against Most Peers as Region's Sovereign Debt Woes Resurface
Exploding Costs Threaten German Rail's High-Speed Future
*An example of how big industrial projects are threatened by expensive energy and materials, resulting in massive cost overruns.
Mastercard Sees Surge In China Credit-Card Use
Central Banks Leading New Gold Rush
China's inflation edges up, driven by food costs
China Aug property prices up 9.3% on-year: report
China Industrial Output Tops Forecast as `Robust' Demand Aids World Growth

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Brazil says U.S. spat signals tough security reform
*Signs of the emerging new world order
Denmark raises terror alert level
West needs new missile shield against Iranian nuclear threat, Nato chief says
Greek protesters to confront thrifty government
Al-Qaeda fighters swell Taliban ranks
China cancels Japan gas field talks, warns on sea dispute
Chinese vessel off Okinawa asks Japanese survey ships to stop work
Chinese Navy ships visit New Zealand
Just 2% of quake debris in Haiti cleared
Trident missile defence system under threat again as cuts plans drawn up (UK)
2 Police Killed, 5 Wounded In Attacks In South Russia
Tajikistan forces kill 20 Taliban fighters at border
Violence erupts as thousands march in Indian Kashmir
Call Emerges for "Burn the Stars and Stripes Day"

-- Energy/resources --
Japan's Power Utilities More Than Doubled the Use of Crude Oil in August
Global Iron Ore Rush Upends Indian Politics
China sets its sights on potash and investors take notice

-- Got food? --
Plague Locust threat updates (Australia)
In Shining India, Over 5000 Children Die Every Day From Hunger And Malnutrition
World will need to tap into wheat reserves

-- Oil disaster --
Study to Examine Health Impact of BP Oil Spill

-- Environment/health --
West Nile found in So. Fla. chickens
1 dead, more infected with superbug at Teikyo Univ Hospital (Japan)

-- Intelligence/security --
New Cargo Intelligence and Security Association announced to improve supply chain security
More families are deciding that school's out – forever (Canada)

-- UK --
George Osborne's secret plan to slash sickness benefits
Council orders thousands to remove their clotheslines
Hidden cameras are being used by lollipop ladies and men
Greater Manchester Police preparing to cut 3,100 jobs
British economy in 'great danger', trades union warns

-- US --
Record gains for US poverty with elections looming
Construction and Land Loans Look Ugly, Despite Extend and Pretend
Muslims in America increasingly alienated as hatred grows in Bible belt
Why The Real, Not Nominal, Consumer Debt Burden Will Push The US Economy Lower
Debtors Feast at the Expense of the Frugal
How bad the jobs picture really is

And finally... Klingon opera makes debut in Netherlands
You don't say! Dept: Robot capable of deceit developed
"One of the big problems with robotics is trying to get the public's trust. If robots are going to be deceptive, that could be a real problem."

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