Monday, October 25, 2010


News Links, October 26, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
Dollar at Risk of Becoming 'Toxic Waste': Charts
Dollar sinks to fresh 15-year low vs. yen
Dollar doldrums: No end in sight
A European lynch mob is coming for Bank of America
China CPI increase sparks worries
French strikes costing economy up to £350 million a day
Supertankers Face Two-Year Losing Streak as Frontline Shuns Oil
"Supertanker owners are facing the longest stretch of unprofitable rates in 17 years as the supply of new vessels increases nine times faster than demand for oil."
Middle East supertanker income climbs most in eight sessions
PIMCO's El-Erian: Greece Will Default In 3 Years
Massive Inflation in China, US Inflation Nonexistent
Germany's Allies Shocked by Euro Zone Backdown

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Kyrgyzstan's uncertain future looms over fate of U.S. air base
Japan protests over Chinese boats near disputed Senkaku islands
Strikers restore blockade at French fuel depot
Saudi Arabia to Order 180 New Helicopters for a New National Guard Aviation Regiment
Witness: Attack at Mexico rehab center kills 13
Karzai confirms report of cash payments from Iran
Will US naval power sink?
With Ukraine's blessing, Russia to beef up its Black Sea Fleet
US to build £8bn super base on Pacific island of Guam

-- Energy/resources --
Spain To Up Biofuel Mix In Fuels To 6.1 Pct By 2013
Green Palm Oil Output Must Rise 5-Fold By 2015: AAK
The End of Oil's Golden Age
Gazprom May Join the Turkmenistan to India Gas Pipeline Project
Unsavory Facts About Wind Energy
Iran set to load fuel to core of first atomic plant
Iran says to sign $5 bln gas deal
Iran crude storage at sea falls on Asia demand
More Nuclear Power Problems in Japan

-- Got food? --
Global food crisis forecast as prices reach record highs

-- Oil disaster --
Research teams find oil on bottom of Gulf

-- Environment/health --
Yemen's capital 'will run out of water by 2025
Study alleges cordless, cellular phones can cause heart irregularities

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
RiotBot -- Armed for Close Combat
Air Force manual describes shadowy cyberwar world

-- UK --
More than six out of 10 households are worried about the cost of their energy bills this winter
Police raid homes in copper theft crackdown
Households 'shun new borrowing'
London Skyscrapers to Resume Climb

-- US --
French protests, British austerity give U.S. glimpse of its future
Is this all the rebound the stimulus bought us?
U.S. "Falling Into the Chasm" as Politicians Ignore $1.3T Elephant in the Room
Economy could cause population drop (Nevada; and where will they go?)
Facing Budget Cuts, Minn. Schools Consider Ads On School Lockers
Employment in Washington, D.C., grew faster than any state in September.
US military beats out Disney as happy place to work
Foreclosure Problems Could Be 'Very Damaging' To Housing Market, FDIC Chief Says
America's New Gilded Age
Sold Out $329,000 Porsche Shows Recession, Obama Not Hurting Rich
Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply
Files Reveal FBI Tracked Wellstone Early; Aided Inquiry Into 2002 Crash
Insider Selling To Buying Update: 229 To 1
"At least insiders continue to benefit from ever more irrational prices in stocks from which they can bail at increasingly loftier levels."
The Social Security Revolt of 2011
"In some respects, the head of the Federal Reserve can be viewed as a sort of Witch Doctor, or Shaman. When the Shaman's powers are perceived as strong, all is well."
Bill Black On Foreclosuregate: Calls For The Immediate Termination Of Bernanke, Geithner And Holder
Goldman Issuing $250 Million Notes At 6.25%, 50 Year Maturity
An Interactive Look At America's Poor
Tax Data Show Richest 1 Percent Took a Hit in 2008, But Income Remained Highly Concentrated at the Top
Coping with poor, confused consumers

And finally... Scientists try to determine if reality is an illusion
French officials to use sat nav to track doggy doo

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