Saturday, August 27, 2011


News Links, August 28, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
Capital Flight Proves Confidence in European Interbank System has Collapsed
Urgent Action Needed to Protect Recovery: IMF Chief
Lagarde Urges Recapitalization of Europe's Banks
Greece Matters Again and It Could Be In Trouble

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Militants from Afghanistan attack Pakistani posts
Suicide attack hits Algerian military academy
Military calls for boost in ocean surveillance
"Canada's military wants the Harper government to take part in rebuilding a Cold War ocean surveillance system, arguing that the country's waters, including the approaches to the Arctic, are vulnerable to Chinese and Russian submarines."
Successful Launch for Bulava Missile: Russia

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
India anti-graft activist to end fast after government
"A self-styled Gandhian activist whose campaign against corruption sparked some of India's biggest anti-government protests in decades will end a 13-day hunger strike Sunday after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh caved in to his demands."
Syrian security forces fan out in restive cities

## Energy/resources ##
Iron ore price hits as high as $180 per ton
Chinese-built oil rig setting sail for Cuban waters
Ukraine Seeks Chinese Investment of $1 Billion for Coal Mines
Copper market deficit touches 80,000 tonnes
Iran's oil bourse finishes first oil transaction
Dubai street lights to be partly switched off
"Street lights in 55 residential areas in Dubai will be partly switched off at night in an effort to conserve energy and reduce carbondioxide emissions."

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Copper Thieves Target Street Lights (Texas)

## Got food? ##
Finance Minister concerned as food inflation jumps to 9.8% (India)
Bangladesh: Floods cause severe food shortages

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
Smart Meters -- they know when you've been sleeping
NY Data Centers Prep for Hurricane, Storm Surge

## Japan ##
TEPCO seeks 10% increase in power rates
Hot-spot cleanups hampered by public resistance to local disposal sites

## China ##
China puts squeeze on rising world of microbloggers
China pleads to Libya to protect Beijing oil interests
Southwest drought inflicts water shortage on millions

## US ##
Hurricane Irene Causes Power Outages For Nearly 1 Million East Coast Customers
Hurricane Irene to deliver blow to economy
Ron Paul Addresses Hurricane Irene, Says 'There's No Magic About' FEMA
Millions May Lose Power as Irene Carves Destructive Path
Power Failures From Irene Affect 1 Million as Nuclear Reactors Power Down
Nearly 75 percent without power in central Virginia
Irene may cause gas price spike as one refinery shuts down
Billions Meant for Struggling Homeowners May Pay Down Deficit Instead
Inequality dragon rears its head. Again.
"New GDP data suggests that inequality is on the rise again as corporate profits surpass prerecession high while compensation as share of economy is far lower."
Babies In ICU Facing Food Shortage

And finally... The Ten Grossest Things Flight Attendants Have Seen Passengers Do On An Airplane

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