Sunday, January 23, 2011


News Links, January 24, 2011

-- Global economic meltdown --
Greece Won't Restructure Debt: Finance Minister
Trichet Warns Price Pressure Is Increasing
"Mr. Trichet warned that inflation pressures in the euro zone must be watched closely, and urged central bankers everywhere to ensure that higher energy and food prices don't gain a foothold in the global economy."
The 15 Costliest Financial And Political Risks That Could Wreck The Global Economy
Which Of The Currencies Of The World Is Going To Crash First?
Malmgren: The Social Fabric in Emerging Markets is Being Ripped Apart by Inflation
"Things across the globe from an economic perspective are dire. Debt will not be repaid, inflation will escalate and more civil unrest is ahead."

-- Fault lines/flashpoints/military --
Yemen Follows Tunisia's Lead: Thousands Demand Ouster Of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Yemen activists arrested, students protest
Tunisian wind' sweeps through Arab regimes as protests erupt in Yemen
Tunisia Puts Two Ben Ali Advisers Under House Arrest as Protests Continue
As Greece Struggles, Asylum-Seekers Unwelcome
Somali pirates lose battle to South Korean commandos, but who's winning war?
Fresh protests could bring down Tunisia's interim government
Albania crises deepens after protest deaths
Japan eyes revising contingency law to boost support for U.S. forces

-- Energy/resources --
Will smart energy future require rationing?
Yes. -- RF
China Turns Net Diesel Importer on Domestic Shortage
Preparing for Life in a Peak Oil World
Saudi signs nuclear deal in bid to cut fossil fuel use
"Although it sits on the world's largest oil and gas reserves, Saudi Arabia is struggling to keep up with rapidly rising power demand as petrodollars have fueled a Gulf wide economic boom as well as a population boom."

-- Got food? --
Genetically modified crops are the key to human survival, says UK's chief scientist
I beg to differ, but readers may judge for themselves. -- RF
Agriculture Ministers Call for G-20 Action to End Food Price Manipulation
Are you financially ready for a food crisis?
Food speculation: 'People die from hunger while banks make a killing on food'
Soaring Food Prices Hit Lebanon

-- Environment/health --
Australia floods: 'Inland sea' moves across Victoria
Bird flu detected on Japanese chicken farm
Population: one planet, too many people? (Report)

-- China --
Premier Wen urges efforts to fight drought
Aircraft carrier nearly restored, report says
Car sales enter the slow lane
Economy to grow 9.8% in 2011, says think tank
China aiming to more than double natural gas use

-- UK --
Half a million more homes lose weekly bin collections
"Within a year the number of homes with fortnightly collections is on course to overtake the number with weekly rounds."
Street lights are starting to go out. Now trash collection is being scaled back. What's next? -- RF
Government set to outline reforms of control orders
Ancient woodland under threat from government sell-off

-- US --
National Debt = Great Recession 2.0
New York's Traumatic Tampon Shortage: Desperate City Dwellers Take to eBay
Now that systemic breakdown has started, we can expect shortages of just about anything. -- RF
With Retirement Savings, It's a Sprint to the Finish
Expect a subdued Fed appraisal of the economy
Gas prices rise almost 3 cents in last 2 weeks
Cantor stands by goal of cutting $100B
"Buy A Gun" Google Queries Hit All Time High, And Other Off The Grid Economic Indicators
This article will help you get a handle on the Zeitgeist. -- RF
Scavenging recyclables could become a crime
Now they are fighting over trash. -- RF
Texas's love/hate relationship with Washington's money
Ron Paul, Ralph Nader agree on 'progressive-libertarian alliance'
Police sensing crime before it happens (Chicago)
Salvation Army Food Programs See No Sign of Economic Recovery

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