Sunday, October 23, 2011


News Links, October 24, 2011

## Global economic meltdown ##
U.S. rating likely to be downgraded again: Merrill
EU leaders urge action from Italy to reduce debts
Euro Zone Fund May Draw on China, Brazil: Officials
EU is reporting "Progress" but None of it is Meaningful
Currency Market Braces for Japanese Intervention
Nicolas Sarkozy tells David Cameron: 'We're sick of you telling us what to do'
Eurozone summit - despair and backbiting in the corridors of power
Industrial Commodities Swan Diving
Global systemic crisis – First half of 2012: Decimation of the Western banks
Europe Goes Full Bailout Retard: EFSF Rescue Capital To Be Officially Double-Counted
The European Financial Crisis In One Graphic: The Dominoes Of Debt
"He/she who gets out first gets out best."

## Fault lines/flashpoints/military ##
Saudi King prepares key appointments after heir dies
Saudi Arabia faces backlash over appointment of likely heir apparent to country's throne
Pakistan forces Indian helicopter to land
The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military
Panetta Says U.S. to Remain Power in Pacific

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people ##
Police break up "Occupy Sydney" protest in raid
About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest
Marines Are Calling In Reinforcements To Occupy Wall Street
Tens of thousands rally against Hungarian government
St Paul's may seek injunction to move Occupy London activists

## Energy/resources ##
Diesel users facing fuel pinch (US)
"With harvest season for row crops right around the corner, farmers will be paying more for diesel fuel — where they can find it.
"North Dakota, and most of the Upper Midwest for that matter, is in the midst of a diesel fuel shortage with no sign of relief, at least in the short term."
Off the rails: Multan railways in shut down mode (Pakistan)
"Train services have been completely suspended in Multan. According to hundreds of protesters, electricity, fuel and faulty engines have caused the railway offices to shut down completely in the area."
GCC to meet oil shortages to maintain stable prices
Cooking gas prices continue to go up amid erratic supply (Kenya)

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Midnight cable thieves cause blackouts in Ho (Ghana)

## Got food? ##
Fresh & Easy recalls bagged spinach
The Nutrient Levels In Our Food Are Declining

## Environment/health ##
GM Crops Promote Superweeds, Food Insecurity and Pesticides, say NGOs
7.2 earthquake kills 88 people in eastern Turkey, collapses dozens of buildings
Taj Mahal hit by pollution due to frequent power cuts (India)
"Operation of diesel-powered generators threatens monument"

## Intelligence/security/internet/systemic breakdown ##
The World After Industrial Civilization Goes
"Even if sustainability were not a critical issue, for anyone to have to pay to live on Earth is a ridiculous notion for a society to undertake. But this is our brilliant system, whereby people are conditioned to compete and buy into their own slavery."
U.S. Embassy warns of imminent terror threat in Kenya
Weaknesses In Power Systems Spark Fear Of Science Fiction-Style Hack Sabotage

## Japan ##
Radioactive Cesium Detected in Chiba Prefecture, Asahi says
Radioactive rain likely caused Kashiwa cesium spike: ministry
Govt to check Fukushima pollen / Cedar pollen may carry cesium on the wind, but at 'harmless' levels
TEPCO to raise Y20 bil for nuclear compensation payouts
TEPCO to sell off 400 billion yen in assets this year
Q+A - What's going on at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant?
"Even if a cold shutdown is declared, Tepco has acknowledged that it may not be able to remove the fuel from the reactors for another 10 years and experts say cleanup at the plant could take several decades."
Fukushima: Towards the Formation of a Radioactive Graveyard in the Pacific Ocean?
Radioactive ash piles up in Japanese cities
Forests to be used to store radioactive soil / Agency to let local govts open temporary sites
Cost-cutting unit locks sights on Monju reactor

## China ##
Chinese Railway Ministry Saved from Default
"China's debt crisis looks like it could be the biggest in history. And from the looks of the Railways Ministry's problems, that crisis is coming soon."
China Must Control Prices to Curb Inflation: Wen
China's coal consumption rises 10.3 pct in first three quarters

## UK ##
Home finances and debt worsen during grim October
Half of North Sea oil remaining, says energy minister
That would be the hard-to-get half. -- RF
Heating oil shortage may be worse after late orders

## US ##
Residents of Nation's Richest Metro Area Tell "Occupiers" To Get a Job
"Their idea involved a march to McPherson Square, where many of D.C.'s protesters are camped out, to hand out job applications, college enrollment forms, and military brochures."
Now that's what I call a solution! They'll hand out job applications for nonexistent jobs, college enrollment forms so more people can stack up student debt, and military brochures so more can join the poverty draft. Why didn't I think of that? -- RF
Drivers face drug checkpoints on highways near Flint
TSA deploys on Tennessee highways
"The TSA is hitting the Tennessee interstate highways to search for terrorists under the auspices of the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program."
First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System on November 9, 2011
It'll Be a Grinch's Holiday Season When the U.S. Credit Rating Gets Downgraded Again
Rhode Island: The Little State With a Big Mess

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