Saturday, March 26, 2011


News Links, March 27, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Two ways for the US to go broke
US Finances Rank Near Worst in the World: Study
"The Dollar Has Never Been at Greater Risk," Says Howard Davidowitz
Buffett Says Avoid Long-Term Bonds Tied to Eroding Dollar
Pakistan Holds Key Rate at 14% After Inflation Slows to Lowest in 7 Months
14%! That's dynamite, and their inflation rate is still almost 13%. But we'd all better get ready for roaring inflation in fuel and food. -- RF
China's central bank recommends gold for value preservation
Lear Capital: Could an Ounce of Gold Be Worth Trillions One Day
Ford to idle Belgian plant for 5 days

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Six dead in port city as Syrian crisis grows
Live Blog Libya - March 26 (Al Jazeera)
More US forces join the Nato mission in Libya
U.S., NATO Consider Arming Libyan Opposition: Report
NATO deal leaves U.S. still commanding Libya strikes
Libyan Rebels Retake City Near Key Oil Port as Coalition Increases Strikes
Yemen's President Saleh 'negotiating' departure
Mexico drug violence fuels exodus
Soaring prices stoke discontent in Sudan
Hundreds of Saudi Shi'ites protest in east
Israel to Deploy 'Iron Dome' Anti-Rocket System

## Energy/resources ##
Germany stages anti-nuclear marches after Fukushima
Iraqi oil minister claims Iraq can become world's largest oil producer at 10-12 mbpd
Seems highly unlikely given the investment needed to replace the rusting pile of junk that is Iraq's oil infrastructure, continuing political instability, and the ongoing global economic collapse. -- RF
US Navy scrambles for piece of Arctic pie
Earth Hour comes early in Metro (blackout in Philippines)
Mexico oil output slips

## Got food? ##
North Korea, Normally Coping With Chronic Hunger, Faces Massive Food Shortage
China will not see food shortage, says government official

## Environment/health ##
Gaps in U.S. radiation monitoring system revealed
Playing God With The Environment
Geoengineering means the use of mega-technologies whose consequences are ultimately unknowable and uncontrollable. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
It's Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know
FCCI Contractor Warns Of Cloud Pitfalls
Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air cancel dozens of flights after computer outage

## Japan ##
Anti-nuclear protests take place in Japan (includes video)
Secrecy shrouds operations at crippled Japanese nuclear plants
U.S. Naval Barges Bring Fresh Water To Assist With Cooling At Japan Nuclear Plant
Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Three Mile Island
Plant water highly radioactive / 3 emergency workers suffered exposure levels near 1-year limit
Fears Of Radioactive Seawater Grow Near Nuke Plant Despite Efforts
Tokyo Residents Grapple With Shortage of Life's Basics
Chip Maker Runs at Half Speed
Gas seen topping 160 yen a liter / Distributors freeze wholesale prices, but cost of imported oil rising
Carmakers eye running factories in rotation to cut power use

## China ##
China says Japan crisis won't deter expansion of its domestic nuclear power industry

## UK ##
Up to 500,000 protestors attend anti-cuts demo
TUC protest march: anarchists on the rampage in London
"Anarchists went on the rampage in central London as hundreds of thousands of people marched in protest at government cuts."
Warning Of 'Food Price Riots In The UK'

## US ##
Flawed housing data might mask depth of woes
Do US nuclear plants have defective parts? NRC finds reporting flaws.
US Economy Is 'Fairly Healthy': Goldman's Hatzius
What planet is this guy living on? -- RF
Emergency plans in Louisville raise eyebrows
US Banks in 'Cash for Keys' Foreclosure Talks

And finally...
Woman, 92, Goes Ballistic After Being Denied Kiss
Procrastination day put off till tomorrow

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