Thursday, November 04, 2010


News Links, November 5, 2010

-- Global economic meltdown --
U.S. "Quantitative Easing" is Fracturing the Global Economy (Michael Hudson)
Gold up $41! Commodities, currencies exploding higher!
Emerging market policymakers vow to combat Fed's QE2
Spanish Jobless Claims Move Higher
For crisis-weary Icelanders, it only gets worse
Ireland Soars to Number Three for Highest Government Default Probabilities in the World
Irish Republic announces record budget cuts
Germany Concerned About US Stimulus Moves
Asia Braces for Flood of Foreign Cash
King World News Confirms Goldman Sachs Has been Long Gold For Years
China plans to start trading in yuan- denominated credit-default swaps
China's urban workforce to add 80 million by 2020

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Iran Tightens Security as Subsidy Cuts Loom
Police cars torched in China land protest: report
US involvement in Yemen edging toward 'clandestine war'
Most Yemenis See al-Qaeda Presence as 'Myth'
China and France sign deals as Hu Jintao visits Paris
NATO tries to get Russia back into Afghanistan
New Zealand signals closer U.S. military ties
US to spend 500 million dollars on embassy in Afghanistan
Footage of collision off Senkaku Islands leaked on Internet
China's Hu tops Forbes 'most powerful' list

-- Energy/resources --
$100 Oil Looms for JPMorgan, Merrill After Fed Stimulus: Energy Markets
China studying plan to build strategic reserves for 10 minor metals including rare earths
Copper Rises 50% in `Red Gold' Rush on China Doubling Usage
Indian Solar Projects May Struggle to Get Funds for Development, ADB Says
Coal Still King As Green Power IPO Struggles
Crude futures rally past $86 as dollar slumps
Arab countries face severe water shortage by 2015
More Than 75% Groundwater in North China Plain Unsafe to Drink, Daily Says
Sinopec Will Refine Record Oil Volumes This Month to Ease Fuel Shortages
Australia thermal coal prices climb to USD 100 per tonne

-- Got food? --
National Grain Car Shortage (US)

-- Environment/health --
Is the Gulf of Mexico safe? (devastating Al Jazeera feature article; a very good read)
"Gulf Coast residents, fishermen, seafood distributors, and scientists believe that living on the coast and eating seafood from the Gulf has become hazardous to their health."
Gulf still loaded with chemicals, but FDA says seafood safe to eat (Natural News)
Tuberculosis cases highest for nearly 30 years in UK
'Mountains' of rubbish hauled out of China's Three Gorges Dam
China's Dream for Rare Earths Rests on Grim Costs
Reducing urban water use around the world with compost toilets

-- Intelligence/security/internet --
Drones Get Ready to Fly, Unseen, Into Everyday Life
US Military's Cyberwar Command Is Fully Operational
Northrop's Huge Army Spy Blimp Floats On
Europe simulates total cyber war
Burma hit by massive net attack ahead of election
SocialMiner: New software allows employers to spy on Twitter, Facebook, social networks

-- UK --
Police officers face forced retirement
Cuts warning over Scottish university places
"Scottish colleges have said the expected budget cut in their sector is so serious they expect some institutions to close."
UK airlines could face pilot shortage

-- US --
The Banksters' Last Meal
Ron Paul Is About to Totally Revolutionize the House Monetary Policy Panel
"Paul said his first priority will be to open up the books of the Federal Reserve to the American people."
Flaws Revealed in Citigroup's $50 Billion Loan Pipeline
"We believe that Citi is far more exposed to mortgage put-backs than is commonly thought."
Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Hit $685 Billion: S&P
Victories in Hand, Governors Face Vast Deficits
Cotton clothing prices set to rise due to cotton price hike
What the Fed did and why: supporting the recovery and sustaining price stability (Ben Bernanke)
Fed Decision: Will Print Another $600 Billion: Hello Zimbabwe
Presenting The Fed's Balance Sheet Through 2012 - Fed Will Surpass China As Top Holder Of US Debt By The End Of The Month
Carmakers' next problem: Generation Y
Concern for food safety as vet students pick pets over farms
As Markets Soar, 'They're Already Talking About QE3'
Observations on local governments' preparedness for fuel supply disruptions
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Jobs Keep Disappearing

And finally... The world's loudest alarm clock
Jesus-clad man kicked out of church

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