Saturday, September 25, 2010


News Links, September 26, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
On the Secret Committee to Save the Euro, a Dangerous Divide
Sagging steel demand spells trouble - Report
US Congress moves to punish China on currency
China rises and rises, yet still gets foreign aid
Chinese turn to Internet for employment
The economy can't grow forever (MarketWatch)
Fed confirms: QE2 on tap … despite dismal failure of QE1! Have these guys gone nuts??
Obama Stimulus Made Economic Crisis Worse, `Black Swan' Author Taleb Says

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Japan Caves In on China; Looks to U.S.
Is a rising China getting too big for its britches?
End of US-China love affair? (Newsweek)
Extremists in Sweden ride immigration wave
Russia remains opposed to Iran sanctions
U.K. Reassures Gates, Pentagon Over Defense Cuts
US, S.Korea to hold naval war games next week

-- Energy/resources --
New York Power Authority chief predicts state energy crisis
The Expensive Dream Of Clean Energy - Will High Costs Kill Merkel's Green Revolution?
Natural Gas Forecast: Peaked Production
Hess, PetroChina to Explore Oil Formations in China
China to pump $16bn into Ghana as part of soaring African investment
Massive Afghan iron ore deposit up for tender again
The cost of wind: power when we don't need it
Copper hits 5-mth highs

-- Got food? --
Food crisis: what's happened to the price of rice, wheat and maize?
*Includes downloadable spreadsheet.
FAO says food prices will be high, but no food crisis
Britain least self-sufficient in food since 1968
Why is 'food security' sparking unrest?
EU may speed up approval of genetically modified food crops
The costs of cheap meat
Brazil Crops Shrivel as Amazon Dries Up to Lowest in 47 Years
Stone-Age Diet Studied by Unilever in Quest for New Products, Times Says

-- Oil disaster --
Use of Corexit in 1978 Oil Spill Delayed Recovery by DECADES

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Mock drills held hours before real attack (India)
Commonwealth Games 2010: Athletes warned of rising terrorism threat
Saudi Arabians Will Soon Need A License To Blog
Iran's nuclear agency trying to stop computer worm
Beijing police stage anti-terror drill

-- UK --
Warning over primary school admissions crisis

-- US --
Default Is In Our Stars (Paul Krugman)
Cement industry in severe slump after housing crash
US Businessman: Blackwater Paid Me to Buy Steroids and Weapons on Black Market for its Shooters
How Safe Is California's Pipeline Infrastructure?
Berkshire billionaire: Public should 'suck it in' in hard times
"He used the example of post-World War I Germany to explain how the bailouts under Presidents Bush and Obama were 'absolutely required to save your civilization.'"
Harsh cuts loom in Trenton budget
Gov't seizes 3 failing wholesale credit unions; will resell $50 B of toxic mortgage bonds
Regulators shut small banks in Florida, Washington to bring US bank failures this year to 127
How Many People Have Exhausted All Their Unemployment Benefits?
Bank Losses Lead to Drop in Credit Card Debt

And finally... Woman fends off bear with zucchini

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