Sunday, September 05, 2010


News Links, September 6, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Adverts on Rome's Colosseum to help fund repairs?
Swinney warns of £3.7bn Scottish budget cuts
Bank Run 2011?
"We continue to believe that there is a possibility the system will unravel in such a way as to give rise to some sort of free-market based gold and silver standard."
Pilots Sought to Fill Cockpits as Rising Travel in Asia Creates Shortage
China Property Bonds Rebound as Debt Sales Fuel Confidence: Credit Markets
Afghans Move to Bail Out Kabul Bank
Pension age hike "untouchable" in France debate
EU May Limit Naked Shorts of Stocks, Government Debt

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Dagestan car bombing kills five Russian soldiers
Mideast crisis looms over Israeli settlements
Islamist threat to Germany is growing say police
Attack on Iran would destroy Israel: Ahmadinejad
Chemical tanker operated by Japanese firm robbed by pirates off Indonesia
Shi'ite activists plotted overthrow -Bahrain
India: BrahMos Missile Test Was Successful
Saudi shuts websites breaking royal decree on fatwas
US Troops Engage in Combat in Baghdad

-- Energy/resources --
The Fake Fire Brigade Revisited #3 - The Biggest Part of Business As Usual - Electricity
*In case you were still thinking that renewables would take up the slack...
Canadian oil sands 'attractive' at current crude prices: Statoil
Goldcorp agrees to buy Andean Resources for $3.4 billion

-- Got food? --
More riots expected due to rising food prices (India)
UN to Hold Crisis Talks on Food Prices as Riots Hit Mozambique

-- Environment/health --
Bangladesh issues red alert over spread of anthrax
Another superbug infects 3 more inpatients at Tokyo hospital

-- Intelligence/security --
Israeli spies posing as US intelligence, wooing U.S. Muslims, sources say (Washington Post)
Patriot Act used mostly for drugs, hardly at all for terrorism (PDF; see Table 2)

-- UK --
Summer is over as Britain braced for gales and rain

-- US --
It's Naive to Think Infrastructure Construction Creates Many Jobs
Social Security Trust Fund's Labor Day Bombshell
*Is Social Security propped up by undocumented workers?
Some cities considering dissolution
Dr. Realist (f/k/a Doom) Talks Double Dip With The FT
Americans drowning in prescription drugs
Schools Take Issue With State's Collection of Students' Social Security Numbers
Government to unveil new mortgage-relief measures: report

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