Tuesday, September 28, 2010


News Links, September 29, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Irish Rating at Risk Because of Bank Plan: Agencies
Congress Will Only Worsen China Trade Ties: US Firms
Asia to Grow 8.2% in 2010, Fastest in 3 Years: ADB
Inflation is only a debt crisis away (Forbes Global CEO Conference)
Gold Futures Jump to Record on Investor Demand as Interest Rates Stay Low
Gold "Absolutely" Still a Buy: Metal Will Double in 5 Years, Frank Holmes Says
It Is A Race To The Bottom For Global Currencies And The Winner Will Be Gold
Sovereign-debt worries check European shares
Japan: the next global time bomb? (CNN Fortune)
Introduction To The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III
U.S. Dollar Is `One Step Nearer' to Crisis as Debt Level Climbs, Yu Says

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Defence chiefs and ministers to debate strategic review (UK)
Dmitry Medvedev sacks Moscow mayor to show he, not Vladimir Putin, is in charge of Russia
U.S. defends Pakistan incursion as 'self-defense'
U.S. lowers threshold for Pakistan drone strikes
Kim Jong-un appointed general in first official hint he will be next leader of North Korea
Japan demands two Chinese boats leave Senkaku area
Tensions with China show no signs of easing
China tells Japan not to interfere in disputed isles
Drones Target Terror Plot against Europe
Iran's flying boats go on display at sea
Wal-Mart could lead corporate America into Africa
The impact of Russia's ban on S-300 Iran sales
Israel gets boost in U.S. military aid
1st Indo-Japanese Military Talks Begin in Tokyo
India, U.S. to sign $3.5B defense deal
China Row Fuels Japan's Right Wing
France on high alert as officials warn of possible terrorist attacks

-- Energy/resources --
Shell increases crude oil trade with Iran - report
German government approves new energy plan, to extend life of nukes
Los Angeles 113-degree record heat triggers numerous power outages
Water Crisis Hits Western US Cities and States
UK government's oil shock warning
Mideast supertanker surplus expands as rental income falls
Saudi Arabia to extract more oil from Ghawar oilfield with new technology

-- Got food? --
'Pollination crisis' hitting India's vegetable farmers
Monsanto Shares Plunge on Weak Harvest Results
Gulf region price pressures ease, food a concern

-- Oil disaster --
BP spill: Scientists scramble to find out where the oil went
*It's been found -- check this item from yesterday.

-- Environment/health --
Telecommuting Worse for the Environment
Geoengineering series (Slate)

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Has the West declared cyber war on Iran?
Unpublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal WikiLeaks Revolt
U.S. mounting first test of cyber-blitz response plan
"The United States is launching its first test of a new plan for responding to an enemy cyber-blitz, including any attack aimed at vital services such as power, water and banks."

-- UK --
Working-class revolution not reaching 'posh' universities
Is cash king? Credit card fees being imposed by councils
Thieves on the line: copper raids on railways hit record levels
British households pay £440 a year to be an EU member ... but don't get it back

-- US --
America on the brink of a Second Revolution: 2010 elections guarantee gridlock, anti-capitalist class war
U.S. Economy "Close to a Destructive Tipping Point," Glenn Hubbard Says
Is a parking space worth dying for?
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared road rage to be the number one traffic problem in the nation."
*Road rage: a symptom of the epidemic of anger engulfing the nation.
Most agree, civility down since election
*As collapse proceeds, the national mood just keeps getting uglier.
Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since February
The ugly reality of lowering debt by default
Michigan, Florida Lead 34 States With Drop in Household Income
Airline consolidations may bring higher fares
Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists
Small uptick in home values won't last; prices in many areas predicted to fall into next year
US banks and regulators 'fail' to cut money laundering
The Makings of a Trade War With China
Trucking Volume Collapses, Falls Most Month To Month Since March 2009
Ill. social service agencies beg for funds
States Are Poised to Be Next Credit Crisis for US: Whitney
Group run by FBI raid target received gov't funds

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