Sunday, October 24, 2010


News Links, October 25, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
More Chinese power and wealth if Geithner gets his way
Geithner keeps pressure on China after G20 finance meeting
Niall Ferguson Explains Why Keynesian Policies Are Dooming The World Economy To Round After Round Of Asset Bubbles
18 million jobs needed in poorer MENA countries: IMF
Trouble ahead for KSA?
Prices in Abu Dhabi at 21-month high
Bulgaria's Road Construction Freezes in 2011

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Afghan warlords prepare to rearm as Taliban arrive for peace talks in Kabul
Taliban peace talks with Hamid Karzai are 'mostly hype'
Iran Is Said to Give Top Karzai Aide Cash by the Bagful
Suspected Pirates Board Singapore-Registered LPG Vessel off Kenyan Coast
Rubbish piles up in Naples as waste dump is put on hold due to violent protests
EU to Italy: Clean up Naples trash or face fines
Japan's Security Situation Getting More Severe: Japan PM
Chinese anti-Japan demonstrations continue to spread

-- Energy/resources --
Is the 'bidding game' on for oil reserves estimates? (Read in conjunction with following item.)
OPEC Will Never Run Out Of Oil
Holidays to suffer as French petrol pumps run short
Our biofuel future: The bitter taste of land grabs and hunger
Japan Trade Minister Urges China To Normalize Rare Earth Exports
France Gets a Foretaste of a World After Peak Oil

-- Got food? --
APEC food security measures are timely
North Korea heads for 'chronic' new food crisis: UN
Abu Dhabi Consumer Prices Rise to 3.8% in September as Food Costs Increase
Cargill Planning to Build Biodiesel Plant in Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul
Pirates seize 2 ships off Kenya
Pakistan resists U.S. push to expand terror fight
Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals' herbicides

-- Oil disaster --
Gulf Oil Spill: Mission Accomplished or Ongoing Crisis?

-- Environment/health --
Sorry, New York Times: The bee die-off case is not closed

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Official says US government is helpless against fake security certifications
Booz Allen Hamilton staffers go to cybersecurity school
Body scanners unveiled at JFK Airport; Homeland Security Sect. Janet Napolitano doesn't volunteer

-- UK --
Councils plan for exodus of poor families from London
"More than 200,000 may leave capital in 'social cleansing'"
Cuts could cost billions for voluntary sector
Violent battle feared as 1,000 travellers are to be evicted from UK's biggest gipsy site
'Pupil premium' means school cuts elsewhere, says education secretary
Report: Britain plans huge sell-off of forests in bid to cut deficit

-- US --
Goldman: The Fed Needs To Print $4 Trillion In New Money
Lawsuit Alleges that MERS Owes California a Potential $60-120 Billion in Unpaid Land-Recording Fees
Fannie, Freddie bailout may cost $363B
The Subprime Debacle, Part 2: New Testimony Reveals Citigroup Knew Exactly What Crap It Was Selling
Home Prices Double Dip in "Sudden Dramatic Drop"; 20% More to Come says Gary Shilling
The US Equity Market Is Dead And Only The Taxpayer Is Still Buying
"The risks intrinsic to a corrupted market have been shifted to the taxpayers, while the criminals who profited from the fraud and embezzlement got away scot-free."
Making al-Qaida 'look tame': Mexico's 'war next door' linked directly to United States
"Federal authorities say Mexican traffickers are now entrenched in at least 270 American cities, running sophisticated and disciplined networks that not only bring the drugs in, but also ship truckloads of cash back to Mexico."
Retired and broke: Why retirees are declaring bankruptcy
Senate unlikely to follow House on yuan
Study: Surgery on wrong patients, body parts persists (Another sign of systemic breakdown)
Related item from August 17: Drug recalls surge
California Cut 37,000 Government Jobs in September; Much More to Come
For many, gamble lost in once-booming Las Vegas

And finally... For the millionaire who has everything, the diamond-encrusted saucepan
The New York Times Torture Euphemism Generator!

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