Saturday, March 19, 2011


News Links, March 20, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
The World's Next Great Bust: China and Commodities
Report Urges Even Higher Global Retirement Ages
Just another indication that "retirement" just keeps receding into the future. -- RF
Look Out Below: Why Skyscrapers are Classic Bubble Indicators
Gulf hotel markets set to see 'challenging' conditions - expert
Japan disasters could result in gadget shortages
Toyota, Sony Disruptions May Last Weeks on Supplier, Power Supply Damage
Japan crisis cuts auto parts flow to U.S.
Report: Japan to lend up to $122 billion for quake

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
US Launches Missiles in Libya in 'First Phase' of Action
Gunfire, explosions heard in Tripoli
RAF jets attack Libyan targets
Military action if Iran sanctions fail: Netanyahu
Yemen State of Emergency Declared After Deadliest Demonstration
Bahrain and Yemen declare war on their protesters
Israel Navy Snags Another Smuggling Ship with Iranian weapons
Saudi king orders more handouts, security boost

## Energy/resources ##
Five Potential Nuclear Disasters Just Waiting to Happen
Pemex Oil Reserves Fall 'Slightly' During 2010, Marking 12th Yearly Drop
Kazakhstan to export 'almost all' oil via Russia - president
Libya Oil Chief Says Crude Production 'Could Reach a Halt' Due to Conflict
Japan will struggle with power crunch after quake

## Got food? ##
High Fuel, Grain Prices Worsen N. Korea Food Shortage
Japan food production drastically hit by quake crisis

## Environment/health ##
Earth's Limits: Why Growth Won't Return - Climate Change, Pollution, Accidents, Environmental Decline, and Natural Disasters (Richard Heinberg)

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Infinite Growth And The Crisis Cocktail

## Japan ##
Radiation detected in Fukushima milk, Ibaraki spinach after nuclear accident
'Chernobyl Solution' Could Be Last Resort for Japan Reactors
Mega-technology: It's the gift that keeps on giving. -- RF
Bungling, cover-ups define TEPCO
Construction of prefab housing gets under way
After the Kobe earthquake, many people were stuck in these prefab units for years. Oil is now four times the price it was then. -- RF
Food shortage fears spark run on Tokyo area supermarkets
Crimes soar among Japan's senior citizens

## China ##
China Raises Bank Reserve Requirement for Third Time in 2011 on Inflation

## UK ##
Fuel costs set to push up inflation

## US ##
Unemployment rises in nearly all metro areas
Rep. Paul renews uphill push to abolish Fed
Austerity nation – 45 million Americans on food assistance programs, but...
Millionaires on the rebound
Official: Urgent need for more oil to begin flowing through trans-Alaska pipeline system
Times In-Depth: Pension-fund cash crunch hits Pennsylvania, school districts
Nearly 20% of Florida homes are vacant
Gallup Poll Pegs Unemployment Rate at 10.2%, Underemployment at 19.9%, Same as Last Year

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